Korean BBQ Los Angeles Style

Korean BBQ Los Angeles Style

Korean BBQ LA Style
Korean BBQ LA Style

About a year ago, I decided to take my first trip to Los Angeles.  I wanted to experience the city and I had friends either living there or in close proximity to where I was.  I walked the Hollywood Blvd…did touristy things…saw all the movie star’s homes…and I ate some amazing food.  One of my friend, in particular, Joe, introduced me to Korean cuisine.

He took me to one of several Korean BBQ places and I was excited about having this experience.  They brought bowls and bowls of cold and hot noodles, kimchi, other pickled veggies and spicy side dishes.  One dish that I couldn’t get enough of was the sweet potato noodles.  They had a satisfying savory, salty sweetness and I loved every minute of it.

Then….came the meat!  One of the dishes that came out to us at our table grill was called bulgogi.  It’s usually sirloin marinated in soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, pepper and garlic, which sometimes has a sprinkling of scallions on top.   They place it on your grill and you take it off when you see that it’s ready.  The marinade infuses in the meat and tenderizes every inch of it.  As I took a bite of the savory sirloin, I’d take a few bites of my pickled veggies and kimchi.  They say to always combine some sort of pickled veggie with any animal fat (butter) or meat, which makes this meal easily digested.  The scallions get toasty and add a fibrous, oniony texture and taste and this amazing meal comes together.  I highly recommend giving yourself this experience.  It’s worth every penny!

 

2 thoughts on “Korean BBQ Los Angeles Style

  1. Thanks for opening my eyes to Korean quisine, looks and sounds delicious! I’ll be looking up recipes since I probably won’t be going to L.A. any time soon, or Korea for that matter.

    1. Hi Christine! This is the best part of my blog…you can have South Korea or LA Korean cuisine in your own home without having to pay for a plane ticket! Depending on where you live, most grocery stores will carry most of the items you need. One of the main ingredients in Korean cooking is red pepper paste, which is usually in a small tub in the Asian grocery section. It lasts a long time, because the recipes usually only call for a few tablespoons of it. Also, Korean food is known for having pickled veggies and kimchi on the side. One simple dish I make is I thinly slice cucumber, put it in a bowl with some rice vinegar and sprinkle a generous amount of sea salt on the top and mix it. I drain it twice (the salt draws out some of the water in the cucumber) and serve it on the side of my meat dishes. It is a cooling complement to the spicy dishes that they have! Whatever dish you decide to make….please let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear about it 🙂

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