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Feb 17, 2009 04:59 PM

Good Kal Guksu In Orange County?

Last night I was craving some great Kal Guksu, and I realized, the only place I know that does it right is Myung Dong Kyoja in Los Angeles. I can't drive up there on a weeknight, so I figured there must be someplace here in OC where you can get a good one. Does anyone know where you can find a decent Kal Guksu in Orange county? (BTW, I settled for Tofu Soup last night at the Tofu House on Garden grove Blvd.)

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  1. Isn't this normally a summertime dish, like naengmyon?

    I vaguely -- and you're not to yell if it turns out I'm completely wrong -- remember seeing a place that offered it, I think on the corner of Malvern and Beach Blvd in that ridiculously huge Korean plaza... but I haven't been there, so if it's out of your way I would skip trying to figure it out.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      I know that Myung Dong Kyoja serves it year round, so I don't know if it's considered a summertime dish. I would expect that hot soup is perfect in winter, as well. ;-)

      1. re: Hoc

        There is a branch of Myungdong Kyoja in Lakewood (or Cerritos?) at the north western corner of Del Amo and Pioneer. It's in the shoping mall next to Del Taco (or Taco Bell?).
        FYI,Kal Guksu is actually winter time hot(temperature) noodle soup which is enjoyed year round. Naengmyun by the way, used to be a winter dish to be enjoyed cold in warm indoors.

        1. re: jblee

          There is a restaurant in Fullerton called "Myung Dong," but it's not related to Myung Dong Kyoja. I understand that Myung Dong just means village in Korean, so it's a fairly common name.

          I couldn't find one in Cerritos or Lakewood.

          1. re: Hoc

            FYI, Myungdong is the name of a small city in Seoul. Seoul is a metropolis close to L.A. in size.
            There is Myundong Kyoja at the north western corner of Del Amo Blvd. and Pioneer Blvd. just a couple of blocks east of 605.
            You cannot find it online. But it's there. I had dinner there a couple of weeks ago.

    2. you can get it on garden grove blvd.'s one of the restaurants facing the to grace music where i learned to play the clarinet...on the corner
      Hangari Kalgooksu
      9916 Garden Grove Boulevard
      Garden Grove, CA 92844

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      1. re: peppermonkey

        They don't hand cut the noodles though, unless things have changed recently. They use a machine. On Beach, in Fullerton, Haru Bang does a decent sujeibi, but I guess you didn't ask for that.

        1. re: choctastic

          i didn't say it's the best but it's the only place I know in GG you can get it

      2. Thank you to both of you. We'll try both restaurants after restaurant week is over.