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Seoul Sausages - Coming to WLA Soon! And I'm Excited...And Worried

Servorg Aug 4, 2012 09:55 AM

Supposedly opening up this month and it's in my very local area. This is both good and bad news depending on whether one is looking at it as a hound or a possible Cardiac Care Unit patient... ;-D>

http://la.eater.com/archives/2012/07/...

  1. wienermobile Aug 4, 2012 09:58 AM

    "they've been filming season three of Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race (and they are apparently among the show's finalists) " Thanks Servog this sounds so good. Can't wait.

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    1. re: wienermobile
      Servorg Aug 4, 2012 10:06 AM

      The Sawtelle area is now acting as this huge gravity well for new and exciting food...hope it keeps on for the indefinite future... http://www.seoulsausage.com/

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        nosh Aug 4, 2012 03:21 PM

        Damn, another website menu that does not have prices. Useless. Do some of these food trucks raise and lower their prices depending on which location they are at? Or time of day?

        1. re: nosh
          Servorg Aug 4, 2012 03:42 PM

          This will be their new bricks and mortar store...so the web site still looks like it's under construction. I have a feeling that they will add details, including prices, later on.

          1. re: Servorg
            Servorg Aug 8, 2012 03:10 PM

            I emailed the two guys who are the soul of Seoul Sausage and they are shooting for what sounds like a labor day weekend opening this year (or earlier if at all possible). Of course we all know how those opening dates can be fungible. So we will see. Keeping my fingers crossed.

      2. re: wienermobile
        wienermobile Oct 27, 2012 08:54 AM

        Update: if you didn't know Seoul Sausage did indeed win season 3 of "The Great Food Truck Race" on The Food Network.

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        bulavinaka Aug 4, 2012 11:19 AM

        Time to double your bike miles...

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        1. re: bulavinaka
          Servorg Aug 4, 2012 11:26 AM

          I'm planning on doubling my bite meals...and my Lipitor...

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          sasha1 Oct 2, 2012 04:18 PM

          Recent news anyone?

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          1. re: sasha1
            Servorg Oct 2, 2012 04:31 PM

            I just checked over on Eater LA and it looks like it's not quite open...as usual these things always take longer than expected. Should be soon (I hope).

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              mrhooks Oct 2, 2012 04:32 PM

              From what I heard, the grand opening is Saturday.

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                Servorg Oct 2, 2012 04:34 PM

                Just double checked and that's it...this Saturday starting at 12 noon.

                1. re: Servorg
                  wienermobile Oct 4, 2012 01:22 PM

                  Photos and review at Midtown Lunch. It looks so good! See you Saturday.
                  http://midtownlunch.com/los-angeles/2...

                  1. re: wienermobile
                    TonyC Oct 4, 2012 02:07 PM

                    You guys know you can all go right now? They've been soft-open since Tuesday. At least that's what the Instagram feed is telling me.

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                      Servorg Oct 4, 2012 02:29 PM

                      I'm familiar with instant oatmeal, but what is this "Instragram" you speak of?

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                        Johnny L Oct 4, 2012 02:53 PM

                        Can't tell if being satirical or not but assuming the former it is a photographic social networking mobile application.

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                          Servorg Oct 4, 2012 02:56 PM

                          I think you assumed the latter...and it was, indeed, the former. Old hounds, new tricks, and all that...

            2. wienermobile Oct 6, 2012 11:39 AM

              Kevin eats has a great review and photos of Seoul Sausages at this link.
              http://www.kevineats.com

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              1. re: wienermobile
                Servorg Oct 6, 2012 12:03 PM

                Thanks, wiener...Now I just have to get my butt over there and do the best of all possible things...actually eat the damn food!

              2. soniabegonia Oct 7, 2012 06:14 PM

                Tried the pork sausage and a flaming ball today. Wanted the ddukbokki (pork belly rice cakes) but they were already out by 3pm-ish. Didn't watch the show and had never even heard of these guys until I walked by the place while it was under construction.. so pretty much no expectations whatsoever. Anyway, tasty stuff - nicely balanced flavors, well seasoned, good texture contrast with the slaw on the dog. My only critique is that the bun was a tad too large for the dog. The flaming ball could have used a bit more kick for my taste (particularly given the suggestive name) but it was quite tasty nonetheless - like a really creamy, rich kimchi fried rice with the benefit of that deep-fried outer crunch. Again, if i had to nitpick, I would have liked just a little texture contrast (chopped kimchi would have been nice, in addition to the kimchi flavor) and perhaps some julienned perilla leaves or sliced green onions either in the mix or sprinkled on top for freshness. Having grown up on Korean food, it's really hard for me to eat K or K-inspired food without having at least some heavy-handed critique.. (oh who am I kidding.. that's pretty much true of anything).

                Anyway, nicely done overall. I will be returning.

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                1. re: soniabegonia
                  Servorg Oct 7, 2012 06:17 PM

                  And, from what I've seen, it's pretty fairly priced. I am in this for the long haul (in that I don't need to rush over as I hope I'll be able to eat these for years to come) so maybe I'll get a chance to go one night this coming week. Thanks for the report, Sonia.

                  1. re: soniabegonia
                    Servorg Oct 11, 2012 01:40 PM

                    Got our son to pick up a spicy pork sausage and bring it back to me, and my thoughts are pretty close to yours. The dog was much more subtle and nuanced that I was expecting. I thought the slightly sweet slaw contrasted nicely with the slight heat of the pork dog. No snap/natural casing. But excellent, none the less. The bun does seem a little bit small, but since it stands up so well to the mayo based slaw I give it an A grade. I also had one of the flaming balls (tried to get an "Osaka" ball, but they were out). Again, much more subtle than I was expecting. This would be the place for those that find Roy Choi's Chego, and the flavors there much too much of a "hit you over the taste buds and drag you off to the cave" style of food. I'll try a kalbi sausage dog the next time and some braised kalbi poutine for sure.

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                      chrishei Oct 11, 2012 03:33 PM

                      Tried the kalbi sausage + Osaka rice ball today. The kalbi was very nice - tasted like...kalbi, but inside of a casing. Not too sweet either. The bun actually really worked for me. I was afraid that it would be too hard and/or dense, and that wasn't the case at all. The osaka was like a curry croquette in arancini form, quite interesting. They had a Korean fried chicken as the special today, but I already ate at Tsujita, so I could only handle so much for a 2nd lunch.

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                        kevin Oct 11, 2012 03:57 PM

                        Do they have any non-pork sausages here ? thnks.

                        1. re: kevin
                          Servorg Oct 11, 2012 04:05 PM

                          Yes...Kalbi Sausage [$7.00] | 100% All beef kalbi flavored sausage served with kimchi relish and garlic jalapeno aioli Scroll down to see photo: http://www.kevineats.com/2012/10/seou...

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                            kevin Oct 11, 2012 04:36 PM

                            ok, i'll give it a whirl.

                            1. re: kevin
                              Servorg Oct 15, 2012 10:22 AM

                              Swung by about 3:40 PM on Sunday, thinking I could get me some after the crowds went home...ha ha ha on me. Crowds out the door. I may never get another. Why did they select such a small space? Couldn't they have opened up something more along the dimensions of the Memorial Coliseum perhaps? Dammit...all you people stop crowding me out of my next Seoul Sausage!

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                                nosh Oct 15, 2012 10:34 AM

                                Servorg -- Call ahead and have them leave you one to pick up during your 4a.m. bike rides.

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                                  Servorg Oct 15, 2012 10:44 AM

                                  I tried calling ahead the other day and, while sounding like there was a riot going on from what I could hear on the phone behind their end of the conversation, the guy said that they can't take orders by phone as they are too damn busy...

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                                    kevin Oct 15, 2012 11:22 AM

                                    Wow, maybe I will hold of for some time in that case.

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                                      kevin Oct 15, 2012 11:23 AM

                                      Their menu had the block lettering of a mom-and-pop fast-food shack in Tuscaloosa circa 1962 touting Coca-Cola above the menu.

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                                    kevin Oct 15, 2012 11:21 AM

                                    I love their simple menu. But when I arrived their they were already closed.

                                    Suffice to say, you have one-stop shopping in a matter of ten paces. Tsjujita for ramen, Seoul for the sausage sandwich, coffee from Tomo, and either the stuffed sweet potato and cheese pretzel from Tomo or the ice cream from blockheads for dessert.

                        2. Mattapoisett in LA Oct 19, 2012 12:40 AM

                          Dommy! and I went tonight. Yes, we took the bus. I agree with most everything Servorg says, including the lack of snap comment. We were able to have the Poutine Fries with Braised Galbi. Only one works to describe it, Decadent. I do want to have the fries without the toppings since the few crisp ones I got to were the best fries I've had in LA. and even though they did get a bit soft under the Weight of the Galbi and crema, they never turned to mush.

                          Also we noted while they were cooking the sausages, they had a squirt bottle with water to create steam. Wurstkuche should learn this trick to keep their sausages from drying out.

                          As far as prices go it wasn't bad. I think the sausages and poutine were $7 each and the Rice Balls were $3 each plus drinks and tax, it came to $32

                          Take care

                          - P.

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                          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
                            Servorg Oct 19, 2012 06:08 AM

                            How was the line (what time were you there)? Did you or Dommy have the all beef kalbi dog? I still want to try that one and I'll order the poutine fries for sure. Thanks for posting.

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                              Mattapoisett in LA Oct 19, 2012 08:50 AM

                              The line was fine at 6:30 pm. We waited 10 minutes to order and it took about 15 to get our food. We stood at the counter to eat. We had the Spicy Pork and Galbi sausages, the flaming and Osaka Balls plus the Poutine Fries. Dommy liked the pork better than the Galbi. i thought they were both equal. The flavor was a bit milder than I was expecting but the flavors did come through and there was a nice balance. There was not too much sauce for the sausages but you did get the flavor. I still would have preferred much more snap to my sausage.

                              The one thing that was not subtle was the Osaka Ball. There was quite a bit of curry flavor in it. and the rice Balls like the Fries were perfectly fried.

                              Dommy will post her thoughts and some photos a bit later.

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                                Servorg Oct 19, 2012 08:49 AM

                                Thanks, Matty P...

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                                  Mattapoisett in LA Oct 20, 2012 08:04 AM

                                  Some photos from Dommy!

                                  The Galbi Poutline Fries
                                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu/8104428737/in/photostream

                                  Th Spicy Pork Sausage
                                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu/8104443810/in/photostream/

                                  Rice Balls
                                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

                                  1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
                                    PeterCC Oct 20, 2012 08:17 AM

                                    Great pics! That galbi poutine looks killer.

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                                wienermobile Oct 20, 2012 06:56 AM

                                Are they cash only?

                                1. re: wienermobile
                                  Servorg Oct 20, 2012 06:59 AM

                                  No.

                              3. PeterCC Oct 19, 2012 09:04 AM

                                I'm hoping their chicken or veggie sausage becomes available soon as my wife doesn't eat beef or pork.

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                                1. re: PeterCC
                                  Servorg Oct 19, 2012 09:16 AM

                                  Get her a couple of Osaka rice balls while you indulge your inner Korean meat puppet...

                                2. PeterCC Oct 20, 2012 05:49 PM

                                  Tried it this afternoon. Got the galbi sausage, flaming balls, and galbi poutine, and shared with my two kids. My first impressions were that it took a long time between ordering and getting the meal (nearly 30 minutes--kids miraculously didn't impatiently lose their $#!T over the wait), that it was quite good but not as fantastic as I had hoped.

                                  Servorg, I thought it was interesting you compared the food here to Chego, saying it's more subtle. I found the flavors to be not very subtle (especially the poutine) but kinda all melded in one so that I couldn't taste the individual ingredients as much, like if the food were put in a blender. It was tasty but kind of uniform within each dish, if that makes sense.

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                                  1. re: PeterCC
                                    Servorg Oct 20, 2012 06:02 PM

                                    I can't comment on the poutine since I haven't had it yet. I was specifically referring to the spicy pork sausage and the flaming rice ball. I thought both of those items were much more subtle in terms of overall flavor profile than anything I've had at Chego. In fact the taste of the spicy pork sausage and the slaw both had individual flavors that stood apart from each other, while the overall meld of the flavors as i chewed them together was quite good too.

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                                      PeterCC Oct 20, 2012 06:14 PM

                                      I've seen pictures of the spicy pork sausage and can see that, the galbi beef sausage only comes with a kimchi relish and garlic jalapeno aioli and definitely would not have the textural contrast of the slaw.

                                      I did have a second agreement to my opinion that the sausage was rather uniform. My older daughter took a bite of the galbi sausage and remarked that she couldn't tell there was a sausage in with the roll. Not sure if that's a compliment to the roll or an insult to the sausage.

                                      Of course, texturally, the poutine was more varied having the very soft slow-cooked beef contrasting with the crispness of the fries, but flavorwise, it was overwhelming beefiness from the galbi.

                                  2. wienermobile Oct 26, 2012 09:29 PM

                                    Finally made it to Seoul Sausage tonight after many attempts (they did tell me their hours will now be more consistent). First thing I must say I never been to any restaurant that has been this welcoming. Each of the owners greeted me with a smile like a proud new father telling me that they are so glad we came. Arrived at 5:30 (this is their new dinner opening time) with about 20 people in line in front of me at the door. Only took 10 minutes to order and another 10 for food to arrive. Shared with my son both the beef galbi and the spicy pork sausage and an order of their kimchee balls. Really enjoyed everything. The sausages are grilled to order. Nice course grind for the beef galbi and just a slight bite for the spicy pork. The only thing I would of liked more is a little snap on their casing. Loved the buns not to doughy. Their fried chicken and poutine looked great but I just didn't have the room. Sausages are large & only $7 each. Congratulations to these guys. I will be back.

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                                    1. re: wienermobile
                                      Servorg Oct 27, 2012 05:02 AM

                                      That sounds like a really fair review and I still want to try the kalbi dog. Which dog would you have the next visit if you were only getting one?

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                                        wienermobile Oct 27, 2012 08:36 AM

                                        I really liked the Kalbi beef Sausage for me but next time I will ask if they can top it with their crunchy apple cabbage slaw they use on their spicy pork sausage. FYI : With their new schedule they now are closed Mondays. I also wish they were open a little later, closing time is 9:30pm. Everyone in their little packed restaurant, customers and staff alike, all dancing to the music seemed to be very happy to be there, just like me. More menu items coming soon.

                                    2. aching Jan 17, 2013 04:26 PM

                                      I finally made it to Seoul Sausage last weekend - what a treat! We had the pork sausage, flaming rice ball, Osaka rice ball, and the poutine. All four items were great; I think my favorite was the Osaka ball, which is curried. On a Sunday around 1 there was no wait, which was nice, and the people there couldn't be friendlier (they gave us a sample of fried chicken which was delish). I wish they had more seating, but maybe it's for the best that they don't, since it would probably tempt me to go back even more often - and then I would get unbelievably fat.

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