• Beverly Soon Tofu and Barbeque Restaurant

    Beverly Soon Tofu Restaurant

    _________________________ *** SPECIAL NOTE *** _________________________ Please be on time or a little early because we have a reservation for 6:30PM. If you can't make it please change your RSVP to "No" so someone on the waiting list can take your place. Thanks ________________________________________ Join us for dinner in Koreatown near Olympic Blvd. and Vermont Ave. at Beverly Soon Tofu and Barbeque Restaurant. CASH We will order our own dishes and pay separately. Please bring $30 in CASH for easy settlement of your check. The food at Beverly Soon Tofu is excellent quality with nice banchan dishes and a reasonable price. MENU Their menu is at http://beverlysoontofu.com/menu YELP REVIEWS See photos and reviews on Yelp at https://www.yelp.com/biz/beverly-soon-tofu-restaurant-los-angeles The owner and staff of Beverly Soon Tofu is friendly, and they refill banchan dishes quickly. The interior is unique with a wooden benches and tables. MARKET You might like to visit Hannam Chain Supermarket across the street after dinner which has a variety of Korean groceries. See photos and reviews on Yelp at https://www.yelp.com/biz/hannam-chain-supermarket-los-angeles

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  • May the Fourth Be With You at O Jang Dong

    Needs a location

    Come join me for some yummy bbq at one of my favorite places! I like the unusual end of KBBQ, so be prepared to have some interesting thingsl like neck, tongue, intestines both large and small, octopus, rinds, belly, and short ribs. Bring about $40 (preferably in small bills for change making), which should cover our meat and any desired beverages. I look forward to seeing you, and come hungry!

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  • Eat Bone Soup at Han Bat Sullungtang!

    Han Bat Sul Lung Tang

    • What we'll do If you like the bone broth, this is the place to have it! This tiny restaurant only serves sul lung tang and suyuk. Come hungry for a delicious comfort dish! • $30, which should cover the meal. • Important to know

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  • Seafood Grill At Dae Bu Do!

    Daebudo(대부도)

    We are going to have some yummy seaafood grill! Regarding the date change... Part of Wilshire is closed due to the Purple Line Extension. Unfortunately, it is the part where the restaurant is located. I apologize for the inconvenience and I hope you can still make the dinner.

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  • Kimchi Pork Belly Casserole at Yet Gol

    Yet Gol

    • What we'll do Come join me for some delicious kimchi pork belly casserole at Yet Gol. • What to bring Bring about $40.00. This should cover our food and any drinks we may want to order. • Important to know We will be dining family style. I am not crazy about Meetup's new format. I apologize for its weirdness.

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  • Family Style Korean & Sichuan Dinner at Odumak in K-Town (Spicy!)

    PLEASE READ ALL BOLDED PRINT: RESTAURANT REQUIRES THAT OUR ENTIRE PARTY BE PRESENT BEFORE THEY SEAT US. SO, BE ON TIME! THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE FLAKED IN THE PAST: Canceling your RSVP within 48 hours of the event, or if you No Show, then you will no longer be welcomed at any of my events. However, if you are a new member, and you No Show to your first event (and it happens to be one of my events), then you will be banned from the group. If you are on the Wait List, then it is YOUR responsibility to monitor your status on the Wait List and update your RSVP accordingly, if necessary. Not me, I am NOT your personal assistant. Lastly, if you do not provide me with your contact number at the time of RSVP-ing your RSVP will be canceled. Jennie Oh, Korean born in China, opened up Odumak a couple of months ago, which is "home to some of the most serious Sichuan and Korean cuisine in LA." From Euno Lee's article on EaterLA (https://la.eater.com/2017/11/16/16627554/odumak-koreatown-korean-fusion-sichuan-photos-inside): "The menu at Odumak takes some deciphering. For one, there’s the “Odumak BBQ,” which is actually Korean yuksu bulgogi. Thinly sliced beef steeped in a soy-sauce based broth with julienned vegetables and glass noodles arrives at the table on a stone plate. It’s one of the better renditions of the dish for those who are wary of spice — and there’s plenty of spice on the menu for everyone else. Odumak’s hot pot is brimming with the citrusy, almost grassy taste of Sichuan peppercorn. The heat brings a familiar numbing sensation, intense enough to stand toe-to-toe with many of the plates served at Nothingness and Szechuan Impression in the San Gabriel Valley (https://la.eater.com/maps/best-restaurants-san-gabriel-valley-chinese-asian). When the spicy cod comes to the table, things take a turn for the weird. Dry, almost jerky-like fish is split in half, served with its bones still intact and stuffed with a sauce of red peppers. The heat is unreal: in an order of magnitude comparable to the upper end of Howlin’ Ray’s (https://la.eater.com/venue/24414/howlin-ray-s) fiery offerings. The menu vacillates between Korean and Sichuan cuisine without warning; it’ll probably be one of the only times naengmyeon, cumin-spiced toothpick lamb, bulgogi and hot pot appear in the same place. And yet all of the dishes seem to work together. There isn’t a dud in the bunch. Cumin-spiced toothpick lamb is one of the more tender, juicy, and mildly spiced items available. It compares favorably against the versions on offer at Szechuan Impression and Chengdu Taste. To wit, there might not be a more refreshing respite from Sichuan peppercorn heat than a bowl of naengmyeon. It’s already one of the finest results of the culinary alliance between Korea and China since jjajjiangmyeon." IMPORTANT EVENT INFO: • We will meet in front of the restaurant shortly our 7:30 pm. Please be on time as we will start ordering shortly after we're seated. • We will be dining "family Style." The food bill will be split evenly among all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own alcoholic beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you. • Cost per person is expected to be about $30 or more, depending if you order additional food and/or a beverage, plus tax and gratuity. Please bring at least $50 in CASH (small bills preferred) to settle your portion of the bill. If you order any beverage(s), you will be responsible for the cost of those. • YELP REVIEWS (https://www.yelp.com/biz/odumak-los-angeles) • Will check on parking. But for now, assume it's street parking only. Be sure to read the street signs for any parking restrictions.

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  • Kalguksu, Dumplings and Noodle Soups at Myung Dong Kyoja in K-Town

    PLEASE READ ALL BOLDED PRINT: RESTAURANT REQUIRES THAT OUR ENTIRE PARTY BE PRESENT BEFORE THEY SEAT US. SO, BE ON TIME! THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE FLAKED IN THE PAST: Canceling your RSVP within 48 hours of the event, or if you No Show, then you will no longer be welcomed at any of my events. However, if you are a new member, and you No Show to your first event (and it happens to be one of my events), then you will be banned from the group. If you are on the Wait List, then it is YOUR responsibility to monitor your status on the Wait List and update your RSVP accordingly, if necessary. Not me, I am NOT your personal assistant. Lastly, if you do not provide me with your contact number at the time of RSVP-ing your RSVP will be canceled. Another long time, popular, staple of Koreatown that I have yet to dine at, Myung Dong Kyoja is known for their noodle soups (chicken noodle soups, pork noodle soups, and cold noodles) and dumplings. I've bookmarked this place since 2012, and it's time to give this place a try, especially since one Anthony Bourdain enjoyed his visits here and have included Myung Dong Kyoja on his shows. There are more than just noodles and dumplings. They also serve bibimbaps, kimbabs, seafood & scallion pancakes, and more. IMPORTANT EVENT INFO: • We will meet in front of the restaurant shortly our 11:00am. Please be on time as we will start ordering shortly after we're seated. • We will be dining "family Style." The food bill will be split evenly among all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own alcoholic beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you. • Cost per person is expected to be about $20 or more, depending if you order additional food and/or a beverage, plus tax and gratuity. Please bring at least $0 in CASH (small bills preferred) to settle your portion of the bill. If you order any beverage(s), you will be responsible for the cost of those. • MYUNG DONG KYOJA YELP REVIEWS (https://www.yelp.com/biz/myung-dong-kyoja-los-angeles) • Will check on parking. But for now, assume it's street parking only. Be sure to read the street signs for any parking restrictions.

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  • Table For Six: The Paan

    The Paan

    The Paan has been open for a little over 2 years, so it is relatively new in Koreatown. Large flat-top pans are used instead of the usual grills here. This leads to more artistic layouts of food but also the meats will all (in effect) mix together so definitely don't sign up if you are a picky eater. The focus is directly on BBQ (and meat quality), although some non-BBQ dishes can be found on the menu. Smoked Duck anyone? Just say "yes"! This is not an all you can eat place, so it is more like Soowon Galbi and Park's. And, like those places, it costs a bit more here than elsewhere. Bring at least 40 in cash and expect to pay $35+ dollars a person. • Please bring small bills to help divide up the check easily at the end of the meal. • We will be dining "Family Style." The food bill will be split evenly among all attendees. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you. • We will only be ordering food. Please do not order any drinks. This makes the bill easier to split evenly. Water and/or hot/cold Tea are likely to be provided for free. Large Pan Artistry Onions are creatively used to house the corn and egg, instead of the lousy outer ring troughs that Kang Ho-dong Baekjeong uses that rarely cook their contents fully or evenly. No guarantee that onions are going to work out better, but we'll see. Acorn Jelly Bowl. I think we're get this for sure and not ignore the smoked duck either since it is not common in Koreatown. The rest will be up to the democratic process. "Fresh Combo" Mixed Combo "PAAN #2" "Mugifuji Pork Combo A"

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  • Table For Four: Keungama

    Keungama Korean Restaurant

    Keungama is a pan-Korean restaurant but seems to have a bit of a specialty in soups such as Sul Lung Tang (beef broth soup; many find it too mild without adding salt/MSG) and Gamja Tang (pork neck soup with potato; pictured below). In the past I've had and liked their Galbi Jjim (spicy beef short rib meat). For each and every one of those dishes, still, other specialty Koreatown restaurants exist that focus in that one thing. That being said, this place is great, and if afterwards you find you have unexpected cravings, they are open 24 hours a day. Although tables inside can seat up to 6, experience has shown that the food here, with all the stone pots and plates that come along it, takes up an unusual amount of space and it's best with a group of 4. Unlike other events I host, there is not going to be set menu lineup in advance for what we will get. It will be a democratic process. Bring roughly $30-35 in cash (to be safe, although your share of the cost will be smaller than that) with enough small bills to make splitting the check easier. • We will be dining "Family Style." The food bill will be split evenly among all attendees. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you. • We will only be ordering food. Please do not order any drinks. This makes the bill easier to split evenly. Water and/or hot/cold Tea are likely to be provided for free. Gamja Tang Bossam (steamed pork slices) Haemul Pajeon (Seafood Pancake) Random Blog Entry I Came Across (http://www.bunnyandporkbelly.com/2015/07/19/keungama-korean-restaurant-big-pot-korean-restaurant-%EF%BD%9C-koreatown-los-angeles-ca/)

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  • Table For Four: Return to Gonjiam

    Gon Ji Am Restaurant

    Yelp Reviews (https://www.yelp.com/biz/gonjiam-los-angeles) Gonjiam is a small, traditional place, with no English sign (see pictures of the sign below), located in a strip mall. It is named after a neighborhood of Gwangju city in Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province, the area surrounding the capital), Korea, a suburb southeast of Seoul. No MSG is used, which is rare in Koreatown (visit a Korean market and you'll soon see the place of position MSG usually holds). I put a picture of the menu below (as of last December, so it may be out of date) with some annotations. We will definitely be ordering #14 and #18 and other things depending on if we get a full signup list and what we're in the mood for but other than #14 and #18 we will likely be getting either a "Bossam" or "Boiled" dish off the menu. The last picture below shows these dishes. Although popular for their "Army" soup we will not be ordering this dish (sometimes we have events just for this particular dish but not this time) and we will not be ordering the Intestines (gob chang / Gopchang) this time either. • We will be dining "Family Style." The food bill will be split evenly among all attendees. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you. • We will only be ordering food. Please do not order any drinks. This makes the bill easier to split evenly. Water and/or hot/cold Tea are likely to be provided for free. SIGNAGE PICS FROM LAST TIME (thanks, Liz!). #14 is shown middle right. #18 is shown middle left. The Pork Bossam is shown bottom left.

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