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Ja Jyang Myeon - Korean Bean Paste Noodles

any recommendations for JJM in Ktown area? I've seen this one place in the Koreatown Galleria food court (olympic/western)... a lot of ppl eat it there. Thanks!

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  1. There is one with a chinese mask logo in ktown that has great jjm

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    1. re: kare_raisu

      do you the name of the restaurant?

      1. re: alias

        That would be Dragon, which is on Vermont by Olympic, next door to Yongsusan.

    2. I had it for the first time a few months ago at the Little China Restaurant in Gardena (182nd and Western). I've always seen lots of people (most local Koreans) eating that and I said to myself, I have to try it one day. I guess it's an acquired taste to liking it but it was just OK for me. I still prefer their spicy beef noodle soup instead. My other friend raves about their extra spicy seafood noodle soup which name escapes me right now. All I know it definitely makes me wish I had eaten ice cream after though! I would make a grown man cry...

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      1. re: Clinton

        "My other friend raves about their extra spicy seafood noodle soup which name escapes me right now. All I know it definitely makes me wish I had eaten ice cream after though!"

        You're thinking of jjam-pong.

        I much prefer jja jang myun.

      2. That place in the Koreatown Galleria is called Jin Heun Gak (sp?) and is pretty good. I prefer to get the jja jjang myun with beef. Also, the JJM at the Dragon on Vermont/Olympic is good as well.

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        1. re: caveatempty

          Thanks, cavempty, you've just reminded me that ppl on CH have mentioned Dragon.... next to Yongsusan. I think i'll try that place first.

        2. Looks like someone is doing his korean food research ;)

          The jja jjang myun at the Dragon is decent. We've been going there for years. The one at Heung Rae Gak was very good from what I remember. I've never been to Authentic Korean Dumplings, but I hear good things about it from people. Another place that people tend to mention is Young King on Olympic and Kingsley, but I went there just last month and didn't really like it.

          Personally, I haven't been wowed with too many jja jjang myun places - the noodles are overcooked or the sauce is too watery or not enough meat and way too much zucchini. I've resorted to making it at home but am always looking for a great place too. Please let me know if you find any good ones !

          Heung Rae Gak
          357 S Western Ave
          Los Angeles , CA 90020
          (213) 383-0178

          Authentic Korean Dumplings
          698 S Irolo St #111, at 7th
          Los Angeles 90006
          213-480-1289

          1. Young King Restaurant
            3100 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

            I order the "Kahn Ja Jyang" - the sauce is re-heated separately and served separately from the noddles. You mix it yourself.

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            1. re: tatertots

              Will they serve it cold for you?

              I used to eat the Chinese version of this noodle dish cold in the summers, garnished with julienned cucumbers and steamed bean sprouts. T'was thee best.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                ja ja mein is considered chinese korean food

                1. re: justagthing

                  Yes, I know.

                  But do you know if it is originally a Chinese or Korean noodle dish?

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    from what I was told it was made by chinese that live in korea

                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jajangmyeon

                    1. re: justagthing

                      I've always wondered why some of our Chinese restaurants here in the South Bay area served kim chee when we first sat down. I've learned that the owners were Chinese but were raised in Korea. Little China in Gardena is one of those restaurants as well as the now closed Ho Ho Restaurant. Even happened to us in San Francisco.

                      1. re: Clinton

                        I grew up with my mom serving kim chee sometimes, not realizing it was a Korean staple. There are chinese pickles out there, but not exactly like the Korean kim chee. Funny, when I talk about other asian foods, sometimes she gets upset and says that Chinese have that too or had it first. I really don't care as long as it taste good.

                      2. re: justagthing

                        See, that's interesting. My understanding is that is is a Northern Chinese dish (ala Ban Mu Yuan (A&J) in Alhambra, for example.

                        The Korean version is slightly different, modified to Korean taste and is the subject of this thread, that is often seen in Korean restaurants or Korean Chinese restaurants.

                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zha_jian...

                      3. re: ipsedixit

                        It's based on the Chinese dish Zha Jiang Mian but has been adapted for Korean palettes. A lot of Korean-Chinese food is basically adaptations of northern-chinese classics.

                  2. re: tatertots

                    I also agree with YOUNG KING. Grew up eating this style of food my whole life and I think YOUNG KING is very good. Another good spot is that chinese restaurant on the 1st floor of Koreatown Plaza on Western (not Galleria which is on Olympic). Both can get busy and crowded.

                    JJAMPPONG - spicy seafood soup w. noodles / JJAJJANGMYUN - ask for SAMSUNG style (with seafood) / TANG SOO YOOK (fried pork meat with sweet n sour sauce) / KKANPPONG SHRIMP (spicy sweet fried shrimp) / their buns and cold seafood jelly fish dishes are good too.

                    1. re: flavasista

                      Thanks tots, adding it to my list. i like the idea of serving the sauce separately - i can add as much as i need. Ips, i'm used to eating it chinese style where the sauce is added on top of the noodles also. so good.

                      Flavasista, thanks. Is the place on the first floor called Mandarin Cuisine? I've seen it before. love jjampong. The tang soo yook sounds awesome... does it literally translate to 'sweet fried meat' b/c it sounds just like cantonese... 'tong sieu yook'.

                        1. re: flavasista

                          I also agree with Young King... I think it's a lot better than Dragon, for sure. I like their ja jang meun, and even though I'm not a huge fan of tang soo yook, it's pretty good at Young King.

                        2. re: tatertots

                          I might go there for lunch today.

                          1. re: woojink

                            Went there for lunch today. Had the Ja Jang Myun and Tang Soo Yok. Totally reminded me of my childhood comfort food. It was good, but these dishes are not what you'd consider high end cuisine in any way shape or form. Young King has a very good execution of these dishes. Good lunch.