Korean & Korean BBQ
I don't know much about Korean food (yet)! Do all Korean restaurants offer BBQ, or are some places that offer items that come already cooked?
Second question: What's the best Korean restaurant in L.A.? And/or who is the best chef?
Most have BBQ, which is kind of like Japanese teppanyaki - you cook the cuts of meat/chicken/pork at your table on a grill. Usually the meat will be served with rice and side accompaniments such as a plate of green lettuce leaves, small dishes with bean sprouts, kimchi (a pickled Korean cabbage with red pepper,) potato salad, radish cake (looks like a transculent white block of jell-o,) sauteed spinach, cucumber kimchi, tiny sardines, shredded and pickled daikon (an Asian radish - very sweet,) and dipping sauces. You take a lettuce leaf, put your choice of meats, sauces, and accompaniments in the middle, wrap it up, and eat it with your hands like a burrito. Or you can pile meat and accompaniments in your bowl of rice and just eat from that.
Some places will have sushi, hot pot, noodle soup, scallion pancakes (which are YUM) and there is one restaurant I know of in Arcadia off Huntington Dr that serves North Korean "country-style" stone pot cooking. THAT place was very unique - lots of fish.
I live in koreatown and I am always getting clowned by friends for not trying Korean food. But, I do not know what to try. How is Korean BBQ different than other BBQ? I walked into a Korean restaurant once and it had "intestines" on the menu and my friend immediately said "Let's get the F.... outta here." Haven't been back to any... lol.
If you've never had Korean BBQ before and you want to start slow, than check out Chosun Galbee. It's a great starter place to be introduced to Korean BBQ. For more info and to also check out their menu, go to their website at:
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Like mentioned in an earlier post, Sa Rit Goll is excellent. It's more of a hole in the wall than Chosun Galbee, but as long as you don't care about decor, it's one of the best Korean BBQ restaurants in LA.
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Along with Sa Rit Gol, I also think that Soot Bull Jeep is awesome. Soot Bull Jeep is one of the few places that uses charcoal which gives the meat a smoky flavor that I like a lot. The only thing to worry about is because of the charcoal, you and your clothes will come out of the restaurant quite fragrant, but don't let that stop you from what would be a really delicious meal.
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In my experience, most of the places offer some sort of BBQ. however, there are many BBQ-only restaurants.
I think the best Korean is Sa Rit Gol. Yongsusan and Seoul Garden are also very good, but I think Sa Rit Gol is better. the panchan (little dishes of kimchi, etc. that are served alongside the meal) are outstanding at Sa Rit Gol and that makes a huge difference.