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Ktown foods that I won't find in NYC?

I'm headed to Los Angeles for work for a few days and am having dinner with some pals in Ktown. I'm pretty familiar with the Korean foods that are popular in New York (your basic kalbi & bulgogi, Korean fried chicken, Pinkberry & Red Mango, patbingsoo), but I know that Ktown in LA probably has MUCH more to offer.

Any suggestions on dishes I might not be able to find in New York? Thanks in advance.

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  1. do you all have samgyetang houses in nyc? we have at least two.

    1. What about soon dubu? Try Beverly Tofu House (on Olympic right off of Vermont) or BCD Tofu House (a few locations).

      1. Not sure how soondae is in NYC,but check out 8th st soondaefor best of Ktown has to offer. A hole in the wall, but it's widely known to have the best soondae in town.

        8th St Soondae

        -Gamjagol is known for their gamjatang- Some say it is on par with the offerings in Korea. Definately the best in Ktown by far.


        Crab stew? soup? Kkot gae tang is what im refering to.
        Try kokerang agurang and make sure to get the complimentary fried rice after the soup.

        Kokerang agurang

        1. How about the Northern Korean set menu from YongSuSan?

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Sul Gom Tang, Eun Dae Gu Jorim, and all the daepo drinking place.. Ham Ji Park's entire menu is probably missing from that tiny strip of NYC Ktown as well. Then you have the plethora of naengmyun houses, mandu houses, etc.

            There are plenty of doobu houses in NYC, ditto to the NYC-first KFC.

          2. hi, one of my all time favorite korean dishes, kalbee jeem (a braised sweet beef stew with potatoes) is served at a korean restaurant in the strip mall on sixth and berendo (right across the street from pinkberry and fat fish) sorry i cant recall the name of the place. it is always busy and they have the best ban chan!

            1. Wow, these suggestions are great! I've never had soondae, gamjatang, or samgytang in NYC--now, I'm totally craving 'em all. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.

              dzyalo: What are the two samgyetang spots you were thinking of?

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              1. re: RnchPotato

                Samgyetang joints, I say these are the top 3 choices in Ktown,

                KEUMSAN SAMGYETANG

                Samgyetang and other chicken related dishes. I love their cucumber kimchi and the korean pepper sides. my fav samgyetang spot.


                I know, it says noodle house, but their samgyetang and baek sook is what they are known for.


                Shabu Shabu restaurant, but has surprisingly good samgyetang..kinda weird, but hey, its Ktown..

                1. re: RnchPotato

                  You can find all those Korean foods in NYC, especially if you go to the more serious eating areas of Flushing, but still you can find them on menus around town, even on 32nd St. I'm sure you can also find a crab stew at some places, but I'd say you're better off getting some of that at the places that specialize in it like where CostcoWater mentioned, or at Ondal. I've also never encountered the food you find at Yong Su San in NYC.

                  1. re: E Eto

                    While I always loved Yong Su San at 2 am in Flushing, one must note they are NOT specialized in any dish, but more of a kitchen sink of Korean foods. Sure YSS has soondae (and I've had it there), but do they stuff their own soondae? Would you really want to eat dduk bossam there? I didn't.

                    Annnd this thread makes Eater LA: http://la.eater.com/archives/2008/10/... haha!

                    1. re: TonyC

                      Huh? I guess you didn't understand my post. Yongsusan is in LA, not Flushing. They specialize in a royal cuisine, kind of a Korean-style kaiseki (what they call a table d'hote). Nothing like that in NYC.

                2. not "MUCH" more.. but "EVERYTHING" more. nyc is awesome for many foods, but they seriously lack in my 2 favs- mexican and korean. i could try listing a food/place every minute for the rest of the day and i wouldn't cover it all. abalone porridge, nengmyun, dol pan bibimbap, juhn gohl, etc. whatever you do end up feasting on during ur stay, i hope that it will all be to ur liking :) enjoy~

                  1. If the weather were a bit warmer, I'd more confidently recommend you to my favorite naeng myun place (cold korean noodles). These in particular are black arrowheat noodles, which is what makes them special.


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                    1. re: troublemaker

                      Good naeng myun is hard to find in NYC, so this is a rec worth noting even though I don't have personal experience with this place.

                    2. as Jonathan Gold recently wrote about this street food, I don't think you'll find hoeht dduk in NYC. The parking lot at California Market on Western has pretty good ones for a buck. I'm sure NYC has soontubu.

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                      1. re: risottoman

                        risottoman, have you tried the hoddeuk from Pizzaland(?) next to the Hannam Chain market on Olympic? They are next to TLJ and share a space with a coffee shop. So far they are my favorite rendition of hoddeuk in Koreatown, but I've yet to try the California Market one. Ooh, reminds me that I saw a hoddeuk van in the parking lot of that new market further down Olympic...

                      2. as someone else mentioned for their crab stew, Ondal (and Ondal 2) also has a spicy galbi jjim (more like stew) that i haven't found in NY/NJ or Korea.. go with a group, as that's how it meant to be eaten.. at the end, they'll make fried rice with the broth that's a great ending to a fine meal.. but be warned, it's super spicy!

                        1. Are we talking Manhattan? All of NYC? Tri-state area? If it's Manhattan, then I echo the recs of places with good tofu, since that's hard to find unless you head out to Queens or Jersey.