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Korean Food in CM/OC not cook yourself?

gordito35 May 7, 2007 01:57 AM

Looking for a cheap Korean food places close to Costa Mesa. I've seen the posts for Korean BBQ (the kind you cook yourself) but I am looking for places where they bring it to you cooked. Nothing fancy, bulgogi with rice and the plates of kim chee. I used to live near Rowland Heights and Yeh San Jib on Colima and Fullerton was perfect for that. Thanx!

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    I got nothin May 7, 2007 10:53 AM

    There is Hashigo Tofu in Costa Mesa (on the corner of Bristol and Paularino, in the shopping center w/ Anjin and Oki Doki). I had a seafood hot pot soup and it was about $8 IIRC. Downside: you only get one plate of kim chee with that. They had other cooked items (non-tofu soups) on the menu, but I haven't tried any. This is not a "must-try" place; I'm sure you can get some better recs from others on the board

    1. groover808 May 8, 2007 10:47 PM

      Not much Korean in Costa Mesa that I'm aware of. If take out is ok, inside Marukai market (Baker and Harbor) food court there is Korean Kitchen next to L&L. Not spectacular, but eases the Korean cravings when I don't want to go too far. Hashigo is ok, I ordered the kalbi dinner and some pancake, came out to $18 or so. They specialize in tofu, not sure if it's soon doo boo or some other type.

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        gordito35 May 12, 2007 04:53 AM

        Thanks for the recs. I'll try out Hashigo. Anybody know of any others in OC? I'm willing to go out further to Garden Grove-Westminster-Irvine too.

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          mihcal1 May 12, 2007 07:44 PM

          There's a small Korean place at Walnut & Culver in Irvine, next to Jim's Music. It used to be called Mi Nong, and the sign out front said Soft Tofu. I think they might have changed the name, but the food hasn't changed. I like the eel and the seafood pancake. My kids like the beef and onion hot plate. They also have clay pot dishes, which they bring boiling hot with a raw egg to break in. Dinner is served with a steampot of rice and many small plates of pickled vegetables, kim chee, etc.

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            groover808 May 12, 2007 09:53 PM

            Well in Garden Grove you have a sizeable Korean business district on Garden Grove blvd btwn Magnolia and Brookhurst (for the most part). I haven't frequented too many places there though. Usually hit up k-bbq there which is a little more on the wallet. Here is a good post I found that includes other Korean food besides kbbq in Garden Grove:


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          monkfanatic May 12, 2007 10:06 PM

          there is one on the corner of walnut and jeffrey in irvine, I forgot what does it call , it's in the same complex as 99 ranch market, next to JJ bakery, I have been there 4 times, it taste pretty good

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          1. re: monkfanatic
            groover808 May 15, 2007 10:49 PM

            The place you're speaking about is Kaju Tofu House.

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            haitwun May 16, 2007 08:30 PM

            Kaya korean tofu house in Irvine. You get tofu, bbq and the best side dishes I've ever had for $16. It is the best korean I've ever had.

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