I went to a very good naengmyon place in Koreatown recently. It's called Yun baksa-ne and it's located on 473 Western. My overall rating for their naengmyon is B+. The noodles were almost the right toughness and the broth was quite good on the whole. When I went they served piping hot potato pancakes, which were quite good and a very nice accompaniment.
This place rates much higher than the much heralded Hamhung restaurant on 8th, whose naengmyon was very very disappointing when I went last year. Also, Tom Armitage very kindly brought our attention to an article on places in Koreatown in the LA Times food section a number of months ago. The article was pretty helpful, but the writer mixed in some decidedly mediocre resaturants with some good ones. In it was a reference to another well-regarded naengmyon place, Kangso myonok (I believe on 6th), where the naengmyon is only slightly better than Hamhung's. Finally, I went to a place in Garden Grove that shares Hamhung's name and reputation but sadly found that their bowl of noodles was worst of all.
My search last summer for a good bowl of naengmyon ended in profound failure, but with the weather heating up and my lucky visit to Yun baksa-ne I'm going to resume the search with renewed hope. The next place I'm going to check out is Nul bom on 6th just west of Western. Has anyone been there?
My super picky little bitty Korean grandmother loves getting galbi (bbq short ribs) and naengmyon at Chung Ki Wa at the north-east corner of Wilton (I think) and Olympic just west of Western. They have an Angus Beef motif on their sign.
I'd like to try your recommendation and compare since I love a good bowl when it's hot outside. Thanks!
By coincidence, I just asked a friend who also recommended the naengmyon at Chung Ki Wa. I'd like to check it out.
I made it to Nul bom the other day and had an unusual experience. All in all the naengmyon wasn't great. It's OK but very peculiar -- unlike anything i'd ever had before. I wouldn't write more of it but there were two things about it -- it was very cheap -- $5 a bowl -- and the accompanying warm beef broth was the best I've tasted in LA. The noodles were a light brown color, which was very strange. They tasted OK, not great. The soup was also OK but had a little bit of a kick to it, which was unusual. I'm intrigued overall by the restaurant and its offerings. It has the potential of being a great little hole in the wall, but i have a feeling that a lot of its food is little bit funky. Anyway, onward ho.
your grandmother was right, they make a nice bowl of naengmyon. i found both the soup and noodles very good but the radish was off. overall i thought it was better than the place i happened across last month -- Yun baksane. unfortunately, they didn't have an accompanying cup of warm beef broth. i returned to Chung Ki Wa for the first time in nearly a year and found their banchan (side dishes) are still some of the best around. i liked there and Nam Kang the best but Nam Kang changed ownership and things aren't quite the same. i finally tried the galbi at Chung Ki Wa on the same visit and also found it to be quite good -- tender and not overly sweet.
thanks for the recommendation.