Mushy Food DTLA and surrounding
- Mattapoisett in LA Jun 10, 2008 05:26 PM
Dommy! had her wisdom teeth out on friday but she wants to go downtown tomorrow night to return library books then go out to eat. We were originally thinking of heading to Oinkster a place we have not tried yet but its more of a trek from DTLA and Back to Culver Sity then we wanted on a School night and she might not be able to eat anything with the pain in her jaw.
Any suggestions of a neat place to go that might have something she can eat?
How about a jook joint? There's lots and lots in Ktown--my personal fave is Healthy Zone 52 on Olympic, but there's a ton of others (my other fave is too hard to describe unless you can read Korean signs; but I think Jonathan Gold had a whole column of them once that you could check out)
Healthy Zone Jook Hyang
3177 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Haha looks good! I could eat jook every day :) I highly recommend abalone at one of the Korean ones... (I just remembered that there's another decent one at a place whose name I'm forgetting, in the Chapman Market, on 6th, east of Normandie, approx across the street from the plaza where Yuchun is. Haven't been there in years, though-- not sure if they're still there)
OK, so maybe it's too similar to jook, but how about samgyetang, Korean chicken soup with ginseng and glutinous rice in it? One place that specializes in it is Keumsan (which I think is quite good, but which has a sort of alarming website message: "I have given so much torment to chickens" !!?!) Great in warm weather, very restorative.
1144 S. Western, I think the sign is only in Korean though (금산 삼계탕)
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In a related vein, though, how about somewhere in Little Tokyo for miso soup and hiyayakko ? (maybe some mild Japanese curry would even be ok? a lot of them are completely unspicy, and the carrots and potatoes are cooked to a very soft state) I have to admit, since I don't normally seek out hiyayakko when I'm out, I can't think offhand where would be best for it, though
Okay now that I'm out of my percocet induced haze, a follow up report!
Since P. was being a great nurse and it was just up the street from the Central Library, I treated him to the Pacific Dining Car (yes, I really did WANT those mashed potatoes...) .
Now, yes, I've seen all the posts about it being over priced, not worth it, only being around because its where old bankers go to impress their clients. Yes and I knew all all about this place because it is where my father gets taken out by HIS bankers... Further, last month we had a WONDERFUL experience at Delmonico's steak house in Vegas. So my expectations were competely tempered... And I really wanted those mashed potatoes...
To start P. ordered an Old Fashioned. He had a complete cheshire cat grin when it came back with a muddler. It had a hard legend to live up with, since his Father was the king of the Old Fashioned, but it came pretty darn close and he was a happy man.
I ordered the Crab Cakes (usually an appetizer) along with the Mashed Potatoes. The Crab Cakes were large (about hamburger sized) and very well constructed. The best part was though was their homemade tartar sauce. By the end of the night it was all gone... yum! The Potatoes as expected were excellent. Whipped with lots of great butter flavor. I asked for Gravy on the side (although the waiter said it would not need it) and the Gravy was also very well done. Not super thick, but great beefy flavor withough being too salty. I loved the potatoes on their own and I loved them with the gravy.. each in their own special way.
P. ordered the Filet and Bacon Wrapped Scallops with a side of Creamed Spinach. We were both kinda taken aback when upon delivery of the steak, the first words out of the waiters mouth was "Do you want steak sauce?" Well he took his first bite and figured out WHY. The meat was cooked well and to order, but it wasn't seasoned AT ALL. Maybe a little sauce, but I guess we've gotten used to the whole "buttered, shake, au jus, pouve steak thing that a plain steak was rather boring. P. helped himself to my gravy.
The Scallops on the other hand were EXCELLENT. Large and cooked to the perfect doneness so the they were slightly creamy inside. This was completely surprising as the Bacon outside each Scallop was pretty crisp and well done.
The Creamed Spinach was also very good. It was done on the traditional style (We have a weakness for this dish and had it at Delmonico's where it was more souffle like, so it would be unfair to compare). It wasn't overly creamy or heavy. However, after living pretty much off of Congee and Activa Yogurt in the days prior, between the buttery mashed potatoes and Crab Cake, one bite and my stomach kinda rebeled in the richness of it all. I was done and I took the other crab cake home and left a good portion of the mashed potatoes on my plate.
The service as always was just wonderful. The decor is upscale, but it never felt stuffy. We both agreed that it was a great visit and just appreciated the old timey-ness of it all.
As for me, I'm on week 2 and all is healing well. I won't be biting into a Godmother Sandwich anytime in the near future, but it's nice to be able to eat more solid things. My only concern now is that I've developed quite the pudding habit (Not helped at all by the discovery of $1 Aroz con Leche Pudding in the Vending Machine by the Newsroom). So yeah... it hasn't been THAT bad... ;)