In one sprawling Irvine shopping center, there are three Korean restaurants that serve soondubu jjigae, the Korean soft tofu soup that comes out in a boiling cauldron. All of them are worthy. All of them are good. But Dae Myoung Ok Korean Restaurant might just be its Methuselah. The walls are plain ... More >>
To tourists, if Anaheim is New York, Buena Park is Chicago: Orange County's second city, the one they go to after they've exhausted all that Disney has to offer. But to locals, Buena Park is more than just the territory of Knott's and knights; it's also the home of a burgeoning Korean population and ... More >>
The Long Beach restaurant makes good Korean-Mexican burritos, but its best dish is pure Korean mom food
If you want to eat all you can at an all-you-can-eat in Orange County, there will be a lot of Indian, a lot of sushi, and a lot of Korean BBQs. This list has more than a few of each. But there are non-Indian, non-KBBQ, non-sushi options, too...just not that many. Share your favorite spots for glutt ... More >>
All you need to stuff yourself silly at this Irvine Korean barbecue palace is $20
Another month, another burger of the month from the mad geniuses at Slater's 50/50. Behold the bulgogi BBQ beef burger!
This Irvine restaurant is the latest Kogi knock-off, but it's a damn great one
[Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa deli is slowly introducing office drones to Korean cuisine
This La Palma Korean dive serves soft tofu soup to warm your bones
Remember the time Kogi, at the height of its popularity, decided to descend upon the Diamond Jamboree shopping center in Irvine, an Asian food Mecca that already has 85 Degrees screwing up the parking situation?
For those just tuning in, there is a shack at the corner of Newport and Walnut (right in front of the venerable sushi bar, Sushi Wasabi) that has gone through more restaurants than Elizabeth Taylor goes through husbands. Every town has one. This one is Tustin's.The latest eatery to attempt to surviv ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Buena Park Korean pub makes the best fried chicken in Orange County
This Buena Park restaurant takes Korean food and its beef short rib soup beyond the borders of Little Seoul
The wait is long, but the rewards are great at this Tustin hot spot
Edwin GoeiThis list was a difficult one. How to just pick 10 restaurant out of the rich bevy of delights found at our Korean District? Or the burgeoning centers of Korean cultures in Buena Park and Irvine? No list could ever be definitive enough to be absolutely conclusive or comprehensive enough ... More >>
Health Department rules have long been the bane of charcuterie makers and Chinese restaurants who hang their ducks by the window. Now New York health officials are getting tough on the kimchi makers. Several online sources have reported that there's been an inherent crack down on the quintessenti ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comDumpling soondubu at Cho DangSad news, soondubu lovers. The owner of Irvine's best soondubu restaurant, Cho Dang, is selling her business and closing up shop in January. While there's no shortage of restaurants in Irvine that specialize in the spicy Korean tofu stew, in this writ ... More >>
Remember The Kimchi Chronicles? The PBS documentary on Korean food featuring Roller Gi--I mean Heather Graham, Wolve--I mean Hugh Jackman, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and his wife Marja (who is half Korean) as host? It will finally start to air tomorrow, July 7 at 7 p.m. on KLCS and July 8 at 2 p.m. ... More >>
Who knew that Wolverine could cook Korean food? The clip you see is a teaser for the PBS series, Kimchi Chronicles, which is a food documentary produced by the same man who gave us Spain...On The Road Again with Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow.
[Hole In the Wall] This Buena Park diner offers great dumplings and other late-night Korean munchies
We here at SaFII have long loved Jang Mo Gip, the Garden Grove Korean restaurant most famous for its soups, whether haejangguk or seolleongtang. But at the Natural Products Expo last month in Anaheim, I saw a stall advertising Mother In Law's Kimchi. I had heard about the product before but figured ... More >>
This new Irvine entry in the Korean chain offers many soft-tofu soups that burn and roil, but, boy, are they delish!
[Hole In the Wall] This Garden Grove restaurant is famous for its Korean barbecue—but there's more
Rollergirl a.k.a. Felicity Shagwell a.k.a. Hollywood bombshell Heather Graham is going to Korea to film a food show tentatively called Kimchi Chronicles. Don't quite get the connection between this glamorous star and kimchi or Korean food? Well, remember that 2008 series that had Gwyneth Paltro ... More >>
Flickr user Drab MakyoYou might've noticed a new byline 'round these parts: Michelle Woo (hi, Michelle!). She's our newest staff writer but will occasionally weigh in 'round these parts. I mention Michelle because we stole her from the fine magazine KoreAm, which documents the Korean-American exp ... More >>
OC's latest yakiniku lets you take the teppan into your own hands
Edwin GoeiHere we go again. The shack in front of Tustin's Sushi Wasabi at Newport Avenue and Walnut Street, which used to house a DIY Korean BBQ called Hebaragi, has changed hands yet again. At this point, I have no other conclusion than to say that this location is cursed.
Flickr user thedeliciousYou could be excused for never having heard of seolleongtang. It isn't on the radar for most people who are just starting to delve into Korean cuisine, because it's never sold in barbecue restaurants or soon tofu places. You could be excused for not knowing how to pronounc ... More >>
The menu at JuJu Pocha exists to absorb the sneaky fuck-you-up-ness of the yogurt soju
Edwin GoeiFor the most part, the recent article in Time magazine this week on Roy Choi of Kogi and the food truck phenomenon did not reveal anything new. But there was one thing in it that confirms something that I've long suspected: Kogi got the idea for their Korean tacos from a food blog ... More >>
From pig jowls to beef stomach to plain old steak, it all tastes amazing at this Korean eatery
Edwin GoeiI don't have a prize to give out, but I will offer a hearty attaboy to anyone who can tell me how many Korean restaurants have occupied the hut in front of Sushi Wasabi at the corner of Newport and Walnut in Tustin. My recollection has it at three. There was a joint called Happy ... More >>
alanchan @ flickr.com CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Mmmm, Korean liquor...This week's installment keeps us in Korea, but might be better titled "Ethnic Drinking 101", since the bulk of the writing this week involves getting your Korean drink on. Koreans don't drink without eating, though, which means there are ... More >>
leena @ flickr.com CC BY-NC 2.0As promised, today's edition of Ethnic Eating 101 concentrates on the two temperature extremes in Korean food: soon tofu, which is served literally boiling hot, and naengmyeon, which is served literally ice cold. No matter what the weather, there is a Korean dish pe ... More >>
phy @ flickr.com CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Korean restaurants have Seoul... get it?Welcome to the new year of Ethnic Eating 101! Sorry for the unannounced hiatus; I was hung over--tequila is a delicious but cruel potion.While the wonders of Vietnamese cooking could fill up half a year's posts, the Vietnames ... More >>
This episode of Dueling Dishes is about soft tofu. Korean soft tofu. This week we pit together two houses of curd, BCD Tofu House and Kaya, who compete in the same town, serving the same dish. That town would be Irvine, where there exists six or maybe more restaurants who offer the same speciali ... More >>
Grace LeIt's HOT. What better way to deal with this freakishly cold SoCal weather than by counter-attacking with some tongue-singeing Korean food? Dolsot (aka or stone pot) bibimbap is a wonderful way to keep your belly warm during T-shit unfriendly weather and Kaju Tofu in Garden Grove does it r ... More >>
Photo by Edwin GoeiIt's a long, long way from Garden Grove to New York's Lower East Side, but Young Ja Chun's kim chi had made the trip and was featured by The New York Times in a short but sweet article.
Edwin GoeiBreaking news: according to a fascinating LA Times article, someone has invented kimchi that doesn't stink. Now, I didn't know kimchi stink was even a problem, let alone one that needed fixing. To me, the Korean side-dish of Napa cabbage pickled in garlic, chili and ginger does not po ... More >>
Hashigo Tofu makes Koreanfood cool. And delicious
An Ethnic Costco: HK Market in Tustin
Blubber-bound blowhard battles Tony Bourdain for the favor of his beloved at Yi Dynasty
Soups, stomachs and side dishes