Mhat Korean Restaurant is a Korean restaurant in La Palma. It cooks Korean home-style dishes—comforting food full of soups and stews and things that have the ability to warm you from the inside out. The signature dish is something called dahk galbi, a stew that morphs into at least three other different dishes as you’re eating it. Big morsels of dark-meat chicken begin by swimming in a gochujang-tinted soup with sliced potatoes, cabbage, chewy rice cakes, hard-boiled eggs, and perilla leaves. But as the soup reduces and thickens, it turns into a spicy concentrate of garlic and Korean chili that coats the chicken and everything around it. And after it’s finished, rice is added to the dregs that remain and stir-fried to make a risotto-like dish that concludes the meal.
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The two middle-aged women who work the dining room at Mhat Korean Restaurant in La Palma can always change my mood for the better. Whether I'm having a bad day, feeling hungry or just plain tired, I know I'm going to be doted upon, ...