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North Korean specialties?

oro3030 Jun 30, 2006 12:57 AM

I heard about a place that specialized in North Korean style cold noodles but that it closed. Does anyone have any information on this or any other restaurant that specializes in North Korean specific foods?

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    condiment Jun 30, 2006 01:05 AM

    Morangak, on Wilshire, served quite a few North Korean dishes, including game, but I believe it may have passed on to that great stripmall in the sky.

    But Yongsusan, probably the most elaborate Korean restaurant in town, serves a lot of North Korean dishes.

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      oro3030 Jun 30, 2006 06:25 PM

      Thanks. Can you name a few of them?

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      foodmagellan Jul 1, 2006 02:31 AM

      I've never been, oro3030, but YongSuSan features traditional cuisine from Kaesong, a city in North Korea that used to be the capital of Korea (over 600 years ago). Having checked out the menu, I'm very much looking forward to the "Testes of Korea." The only clue I have (but it's a good one) as to which dishes are authentically North Korean are the ones with Kaesong in the names - and there are plenty of them.

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        liu Jul 4, 2006 12:45 AM

        Just a suggestion about YongSuSan. We have been a couple of times. We were advised -- and wisely so! -- to order one of the middle menus of tastes. Don't order the least expensive because this menu does not have some of the more delicious items, but you need not order the most expensive menu because this might be toooooooo much food! (Since it was awhile ago when we were last there, I am hoping that this advice still applies.) I remember that we ordered perhaps the second-to-top menu and it was a lot of food.

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        QMTrader Jul 4, 2006 12:22 AM

        There is a place in the strip mall on the corner of Westmoreland and 6th, tucked in the corner. It serves authentic "Pyongyang" Mul-Neng Myun, and it is AMAZING. They make their own noodles and broth, just the way Kim-Il likes it!

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          piglet147 Jul 4, 2006 08:51 AM

          Being Korean, and having tried YongSuSan - this place is more suited for American tastes. It's gonna be super hard to find really truly North Korean style restaurants. However, if you're willing to trek down to Garden Grove, a new Moranggak opened up on Garden Grove Blvd., just east of Magnolia. It's as close as you're gonna get since my dad loves it - and his mother (and obviously my grandma) grew up in North Korea.

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