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

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>

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  1. "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

      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/

      1. re: Servorg

        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

          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

            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

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

      3. Time to double your bike miles...

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        1. re: bulavinaka

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

          1. re: sasha1

            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).

            1. re: sasha1

              From what I heard, the grand opening is Saturday.

              1. re: mrhooks

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

                1. re: Servorg

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

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    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.

                    1. re: TonyC

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

                      1. re: Servorg

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

                        1. re: Johnny L

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

            2. 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

                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. 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

                  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

                    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.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      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.

                      1. re: Servorg

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

                        1. re: kevin

                          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...

                            1. re: kevin

                              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!

                              1. re: Servorg

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

                                1. re: nosh

                                  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...

                                  1. re: Servorg

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

                                    1. re: Servorg

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

                                  2. re: Servorg

                                    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.