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Feb 4, 2014 09:31 AM

Best Korean Mandoo and/or Noodles

For noodles I have always been happy with Ma Dang Gook Soo but I have no idea if it is a contender for best of K-town. Mandoo has always been a mystery to me in that they all seem about the same to my undereducated palate. Please help me expand my carb-rizons in K-town!

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  1. All Family Restaurant (Crenshaw/Olympic) scratches both the mandoo and K-noodle itch for me (the latter being hand-pulled, too).

    I used to go to Nae Ko Hyang in K-town, but they moved south to Southbay somewhere (Torrance, I think).

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I asked about this place back in January of last year but the post sank like a stone in a stormy sea. Glad to have some feedback finally.

      1. re: Servorg

        You were the one that actually clued me into it. Well, you and sheer dumb luck.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          There isn't a micrometer of separation between me and sheer dumb luck that I can find...

      2. I don't eat in K-town very much, but I like Chilbo Myunok for the cold noodles. I also had mandu once and thought it was tasty. The beef broth that they serve instead of tea is also a big plus. =)

        They're also a BBQ place, although I've never tried any of their BBQ. Their non-BBQ menu is actually fairly extensive, I think.

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        1. re: ilysla

          I've had so-so experiences with Chilbo, other than the cold noodles and the Galbi JJimm which are great.

          1. re: Ciao Bob

            Oh, what were the so-so dishes, if you don't mind me asking (so I know what to avoid!)?

            1. re: ilysla

              It has been a few years, I don't recall the exact dishes, except to say, "the rest of the things I had," which I realize is not much help.

        2. the mandu are all about the same. so I go for the quickest, and easiest: cho man won. no fuss, freshly wrapped, only 2 flavors, no beer. I know that's a debbie downer for you but...

          picking the "b"est mandu in ktown is like looking for the best looking turd in the toilet.

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          1. re: TonyC

            Unlike the SGV -- where eating a booze-free, non-breakfast meal is out-of-the-question -- in K-town I can manage: the ride out is shorter, so I tend not to have the shakes when I arrive, and there are many, many bars to choose from :))

            1. re: TonyC

              "the mandu are all about the same."

              Just like xlb then?

              1. re: TonyC

                Well, the worst looking turd in the toilet might be at Bibigo.

              2. i know it's a cliche, 'cos bourdain went there, but i went to this joint and the dumplings and noodles were great:


                1. Myung Dong Kyoja (3630 Wilshire Blvd)
                  O Jang Dong (4031 W 3rd St)
                  Pao Jao (Ktown plaza food court - bao style buns with Korean style filling)