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 Da Maat!

Hello Da Maat!

Brr! It’s cold but I feel all warm and fuzzy thanks to Da Maat!

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On a local quest for some hot soup during a rainy day, I found myself at Da Maat. Da Maat is a Korean restaurant in the South Bay specializing in tofu and Korean BBQ.

Upon entry, I was instantly pleased with the very neat and cozy little Korean eatery. To the left of the restaurant are picturesque paintings that look like windows and to the right of the restaurant are displays of various different bowls. I could not help but notice a pink bowl with a Hello Kitty like design (hmm wonder why I noticed that one ;). The display of bowls fitted the restaurant well especially since the majority of the menu is dedicated to various Korean soups.

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My meal here started with some complimentary tea. I love a good cup of tea during cold days and the warm cup of tea here did not disappoint. The warmth that it instantly brought was just an indication of more heartwarming eats coming our way.

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The server served the banchan next. There were seven little Korean side dishes served. There was oi muchim (spicy cucumber), goguma mattang (sweet potato in caramelized sauce), namul broccoli , sukjunamul (mung bean sprouts), Korean coleslaw, yangbaechu moochim (spicy shredded cabbage) and kimchi.

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My friend and I both decided to get soups from the soft tofu soup menu section. The soft tofu soup comes with egg that will get cracked and dropped into the soup that is served in a little black pot.

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The soft tofu soup also comes with white rice in a dolsot or Korean stone pot

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For the soft tofu soup, diners can choose their spice level from white, mild, medium, spicy and extra spicy. There are several types of tofu soup here.

My friend chose to get the seafood soon tofu with a white spice level or basically no spice.

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I chose to get the vegetable dumpling soon tofu with a mild spice level.

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My Korean vegetarian soup had plenty of plenty of soft tofu and three hearty vegetable dumplings.

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The soft tofu soups were served piping hot and were simply so comforting. The slightly spicy broth was very heartwarming and the perfect food for this rainy day. The soup along with the traditional banchan, stone pot rice and the cup of tea brought warmth to me and put a smile on my face.

It’s maybe raining outside but hello kitty foodie is all warm and fuzzy (and all smiles too :).

For more smiles, please read my recent Yelp review on Da Maat.