best mandoo soup?
hey guys -
i am a long time lover of the staple korean dumpling soup, mandoo kook. sometimes it comes with slices of rice cake, but most often it is a pretty spare, pure affair. egg, small, thin slices of beef, inch long pieces of green onion. obviously the quality of the mandoo makes a big difference, anyone have a favorite place? i've been getting it at hodori and nakwon in koreatown, but honestly it doesn't even compare to the kind i used to eat in hawaii.
Try a smaller place that specializes in mandu and dumplings. Hodori and Nakwon pretty much thrive because they're conveniently open 24 hours. I haven't really found a place I love for mandu, though. Often the filling is stretched too much with tofu or whatever and is bland.
These places are okay... haven't necessarily tried ttuk mandu guk (that's the rice cake-dumpling soup) at all of them. Hwang Hae Do specializes in huge "wang" (king) mandu.
All Family Restaurant
#B, 1032 Crenshaw Blvd., L.A.
You & Me
On Western, at Wilshire, just south of the Wiltern, on the west side of the street. I think there's another location, but I forget where.
Come Again Dumplings (this one only has a sign in Korean, but it's on my way home from work. On 3rd St, south side, just west of New Hampshire.)
Hwang Hae Do
429 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 468-3839
Ma Dang Gook Soo
On Western opposite the Ktown Galleria.