19. Korean Funyuns at The Past Memories
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No night of drinking is complete without salty snacks consumed to futilely ward off tomorrow's hangover (though you'll probably say they're to enhance he flavor of the alcohol). Some of my (more Russian) friends take their vodka with some kind of salted potato. Depending on the bar, I'm munching on free popcorn or pretzels, but none of those hit the I'm-in-need-of-some-electrolytes spot quite like the Korean crispy onion chips you can get at the Past Memories in Garden Grove.
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They're exactly what you want in a drunken snack -- fried, crisp, salty, and with some alchemic blend of spices that find more flavor than just whatever grain was most subsidized. The Korean version are superior than the American, forgoing the heavy handedness with salt for more mellow, almost sweet flavors. At the Past Memories, they come out free by the bowlful as long as you're drinking (though in recent trips, they seem to occasionally switch to pinwheel wheat snacks. Those are alright too).
So start your night with these and a two liter or two of some Asian beer. You can get your cheese corn or your seafood pancake for a little later, but at the very beginning? That'll just get in the way of consumption, and that's the last thing you want at 10 p.m. on a Friday.
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