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Apr 11, 2008 03:43 PM

Cold noodles, where are you?

It's hot as heck in LA today and that puts Korean cold noodles on my mind.
A couple of years ago, I was taken to a cold noodle restaurant on Alexandria in a strip mall in K-town. The soups there had shaved ice in them and came with cups of hot beef stock. Yum yum yum. I've tried looking for it but haven't been able to find it.
Can anyone help me? Or has it closed? (I really hope not!)

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  1. Oddly enough, the ones I like best are from places that don't really specialise in them -- Park's BBQ and Shik Do Rak.

    1. I think the cold noodle soup at Corner Place is some of the best I've ever had. For something quick and casual, I'm pretty sure one of the places in the Koreatown Galleria food court does a good version of that.

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      1. re: Faulkner99

        I like the Corner Place. I just don't like their counterespionage policies.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Yeah, it's a little ridiculous that you can't even take your cold noodle leftovers home because, heaven forbid, you take the entire concoction to a lab for molecular analysis or something.

          1. re: Faulkner99

            Let me get this straight. If I went and took along my own container and started to put any leftovers in the container they would, what? Grab my plate out from under my hands? Taser me? lol After all, those noodles belong to me since I paid for them.

            1. re: Servorg

              They'd yell at you and then, if you continued being a pest, they'd have you thrown out. You'd have got free noodles for the portion you ate, but you wouldn't be welcome again.

              Who told you they belong to you? 12-24 hours later they belong to the city anyway.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                They would be yelling at me as I was leaving with my left over noodles - so I guess at that point I would cease being a "pest" in any case.

                And the city only gets what I don't use and the ocean / mother nature gets what the city doesn't use.

                1. re: Servorg

                  They're ridiculous with their noodles, but yeah, that's how they are. I suspect if you tried to pull that stunt and take home leftover you wouldn't be dining there again, and given that they don't do any take-out with the noodles that would be your last taste of them.

                  1. re: Faulkner99

                    A Seinfeld "No Noodles for YOU!!" urban drama. This may just get me down there for a bit part in the Theater of the Absurd Noodle. I can channel Patti Smith and do it as my contribution to performance art. My You Tube 15 minutes of fame - here I come.

      2. I'm okay with the cold noodles at the Farmer's Market. I've also had good cold noodles at Sa Rit Gol. Personally, if I want cold noodles, I'm usually aiming for zarusoba, since the spicyness of Korean cold noodles cancels whatever temperature it's at.

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        1. re: SauceSupreme

          Today is suppose to be hotter than yesterday! Japanese cold noodles sound good, but so does Chinese cold noodles. Thankfully, living in CA, we have so many choices. Wait, that just makes it harder to decide sometimes!

        2. my new favorite cold noodle (nengmyun) place is chil bo myun ok on 6th and kingsley. sooooo tasty especially with mustard. the soup is super icy, more like a slushy than anything else. lots of radish and pear. the dduk kalbi is really yummy too. good combo. can't believe i went this long without eating there before. they also serve yooksoo, the cups of hot beef stock. i'm not a fan of that.

          corner place is good when i'm craving it, but it's just not icy enough to hit the spot when it's blazing hot outside.

          u-chun is good too, but gives me MSG coma/headache afterward. and i can make that beef cold broth + spicy sweet sauce thing at home. however those wang mandoos, i cannot.

          1. I think you may be thinking of Yu Chon at 6th and Alexandria. The noodles are black. It's my fave for naeng myun... I'm going there tonight!

            Yu Chun Restaurant
            3470 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

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            1. re: Cicely

              i didn't think they served yooksoo at yu chun....

              1. re: Cicely

                there are two yu chuns (i havent been to the one on 6th st)

                i like the one on 7th (i think its 7th and ardmore), its part of a korean apartment building. its the black noodles, its very good.