Hello Palsaik Korean BBQ Torrance!

Hello Palsaik Korean BBQ Torrance!

Hello and Happy Memorial Day Hello Kitty Foodies! Memorial Day; a day that I am thankful to those who gave every thing so that we could have every thing. ❤️🤍💙.

Traditionally Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and is celebrated with grilled food and bbq. For this Memorial Day however versus traditional bbq; I went with a bit more non-traditional via Korean BBQ. I always love food adventures and supporting local businesses and so this Memorial Day bbq celebration consisted of visiting Palsaik Korean BBQ in Torrance!

Palsaik Korean BBQ was first established in Korea in 2007. The Torrance branch opened up in 2015. Palsaik means “8 colors” in Korean. The name of the restaurant is because this place primarily specializes in pork bellies via 8 different flavors: ginseng, wine, garlic, herb, galbi, curry, miso and hot pepper. Aside from pork; they also have also have beef. The beef combo comes with Prime Brisket and Prime Ribeye or Prime Boneless Shortrib. All combos come with kimchi stew, ramen noodle, mushrooms, garlic, kimchi, bean sprout and lettuce.

Though popular for pork; I decided to try their beef combo with Prime Brisket and Prime Ribeye.

The meal here started off with the server bringing out the Kimchi stew. The Kimchi stew is cooked right at the table and among the ingredients inside are Korean sausage, pork belly and tofu. The combos also come with ramen noodles that you put inside the Kimchi stew.

This Kimchi stew is one very good stew. It has a little bit of a fiery kick to it but it is not overwhelming. It has just the right amount of spice to it. I loved the soft ramen noodles and especially loved the touch of Korean sausage. Both of these ingredients added nice texture and flavor to the soup.

The meats come shortly after the Kimchi stew. The servers at Palsaik are the ones who will do the cooking. They started off first with cooking the bean sprouts, kimchi and the Prime Brisket. The Prime Ribeye is cooked last. I really loved how the servers explained the different foods and ingredients. They were super sweet the whole time and we ended up with some great tasting food.

Both the Prime Brisket and Prime Ribeye were awesome. Their beef here is very tender and flavorful. It practically melted in my mouth. For the beefs; the Prime Ribeye was my favorite. The garlic and onion flavors added great umami flavors and I could tell how well marinated the beef was.

I loved the beef paired with white rice but I also learned how to make Ssambap or Korean lettuce wraps during this visit. The perfect Ssambap consisted of their well flavored season meat with just the right hint of their Ssamjang sauce and the bean sprouts. The Ssamjang sauce added a bit of sweet as well as spicy. It’s a must to add to the beef! The sauce enhances the beef flavors even more.

Everything from the kimchi stew to the two varieties of meat was excellent during this visit. I loved just the abundance of flavors from everything I tried and am so happy that I got to try this Korean BBQ this holiday. I can definitely say this Memorial Day meal at Palsaik was very memorable.

For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Palsaik Korean BBQ in Torrance.

Hello Kang Ho Dong Baekjong!

Hello Kang Ho Dong Baekjong!

The popular Seoul based Korean BBQ chain has opened up another branch in Southern California! Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong now has a  location in Torrance, California.

The restaurant is named after the owner of the restaurant who is no other than comedian and former wrestler Kang Ho Dong. Walking in, one is greeted with a large cutout of the owner.

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Aside from the cutout, the ode to the comedian/wrestler can be seen in various funny and unique cartoons of Kang Ho Dong.

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The second part of the restaurant name “Baekjeong” comes from the Korean word for “butcher.” This is perhaps to allude to the meat that they serve.

Here at the newly opened Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong, one has the choice of a meat combo or pork combo. Regardless of which one you choose, you must come hungry!

Just like other Korean BBQ spots, this place comes with banchan. Among the Kang Ho Dong banchan that is offered is Baekjeong lettuce and veggie salad, kimchijeon (Korean pancake),  kimchi, gamma jorim (Korean braised potatoes), seaweed and radishes.

Free with the combo offerings is steamed egg, corn and cheese and onion. The steamed egg and corn cheese are already placed at the table.  It is off to the side of the gas and charcoal fired grill setup that they have here. These items cook along side with the meat.

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When the steamed egg is fully cooked, it is awesome. It’s very fluffy. The corn and cheese were also great and one of my favorite sides of the night. I love the melted cheese along the sweet corn.

The combo offerings also come with choice of beef brisket soybean paste stew or kimchi stew.

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I tried the beef brisket soybean paste stew and found that it was nice mix of tofu, beef strips, clams as well as jalapeño.

The cooking of the meat here is done by the staff of Kang Ho Dong Baekjong.

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I chose to get the pork combo which came with premium seared pork belly, premium pork jowl and marinated pork collar.

Once the meat is fully cooked, the staff will let you know.

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The servers will cut the meat into bite sized pieces and place them on the outer part of the grill to keep them warm but slow the cooking.

The meat can be enjoyed with a special dipping sauce that consists of wasabi, onion, jalapeño soy sauce and rice wine.

All the meat along with the banchan will be sure to make you full and content! You will be leaving Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong with a happy tummy and happy smile.

For more smiles, please my Yelp review on the newly opened Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong in Torrance.

 

Hello Shilla Restaurant!

Hello Shilla Restaurant!

Earlier this Fall, I had the privilege of attending the Society of Women Engineers Conference and from that trip, I met a lot of good people who became my friends. Since then, we’ve tried to hit up various restaurants to get together and to catch up post SWE Conference. The most recent of these places that we chose to get together at is Shilla Restaurant. It’s a restaurant in Gardena, California that specializes in various types of Korean food.

To start off the meal, we were presented with a warm cup of Korean tea and their house soup. The house soup is a spicy soup with bean sprouts and tofu. It reminded me a lot of kimchi but in soup like form. It’s perfect for those cold Winter days. It has just the right spicy kick that will open up your tastebuds for the meal to come.

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Up next for us here was the various banchan. We received kimchi, pickled cucumbers, tofu and eggplant. Later on we also got a salted egg soufflé. Out of all the banchan my favorites were the eggplant the egg soufflé. The egg soufflé in particular was awesome because it was served really hot and was so fluffy. It really went well with the white rice.

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For the main course, I tried the Marinated bbq rib eye steak charboiled lunch box. The rib eye steak came with salad, rice, cold noodles and egg tempura.
The bbq rib eye steak was quite a treat. They served a rather large portion of very tender and lean meat. The marinade was slightly sweet and gave very good flavor to the meat. I also liked cold noodles or nangmyun that was served on the side. The silky and long noodles seemed to just melt in the mouth. Lastly the egg tempura was good but was a little on the cold side.

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I enjoyed my lunch here with my engineering girls and found it a very good place to sample out a variety of Korean food. From the hot soup to the various banchan to the lunch box that came with different sides, I got quite a taste of Korean food delights. Good food and good friends always make this Hello Kitty Foodie smile.

For my smiles, please read my recent Yelp review on Shilla Restaurant.

Hello Gen Korean BBQ!

Hello Gen Korean BBQ!

When coming to Gen Korean BBQ, one must come hungry! Opening up their newest location in Torrance, this Korean BBQ spot offers premium all you can eat bbq!
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Chopsticks in the air and game on for the abundant amount of food that this place has to offer.

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Up front is their array of delicious banchan! The little Korean side dishes are always a favorite of mine because I love trying the various dishes! Here at Gen Korean BBQ, they have a pretty good array of different ones!

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They offer tasty thin slices of radish!

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There is delicate and soft rice cake.

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There is also the spicy radishes.

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Kimchi, of course is present!

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Seaweed is also offered.

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Their creamy and tasty potato salad was my personal favorite.

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They also had spicy jalapeños for those who like it hot.

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Lastly they had a variety of different sauces for your meat dipping pleasure!

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After all these sides comes all the meat! During lunch there are 28 different choices and then at dinner there are 36! Popular choices include the Gen signature prime steak and the beef bulgogi. They also have something for seafood lovers in the form of shrimp and calamari steak.

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Last but not last is the dessert! They have macaron ice cream sandwiches from Brick! Cute and crispy fresh macaron cookies with creamy vanilla ice cream is a sure fire way to bring a little sweetness to a meal here!

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Gen Korean BBQ is sure to leave you full and with a smile!

For more smiles (and some extra giggles), please see my recent Yelp review on Gen Korean BBQ!