Anna's Mondu, the tiny labor of love of an older Korean couple in a shopping mall in Garden Grove's Korean District, has closed and been replaced by a sort of licorice allsorts (or mixture) of a restaurant (with no sign up when we drove past), its sliding-door freezer void of any dumplings whatsoever.
Most people stopped in on a multipoint tour of the area: frozen
dumplings from Anna's, the best kimchi in OC from Seoul Dosoon Yi
Kimchi, blood sausage from Seoul Soondae, etc. Owner Anna was
always so happy when someone sat down to be served; she doted on my
daughter, who scarfed her pork-and-leek, chlorella and giant, bao-like
“king” dumplings like there was no tomorrow.
The cashier at H-Mart to whom I poured out my tale of woe said she
thought the couple had retired. Whatever the cause–we will update you
when we find out–OC's burgeoning Koreatown has lost a great light.
Meanwhile, for your dumpling needs, may we suggest Myung Im in the
H-Mart food court on the northwest corner of Garden Grove Boulevard and