I loved my kimchee/manila clam noodle soup, but it was just so spicy I couldn't finish it. We could have easily split one meal. I was the only white girl here, and I seemed to be the only one suffering from the spice - sweating and snot and all. But it was so good I did my best to eat as much as possible. With all the side dishes they bring, it was just too much food for me. Hubby ate all of his bulgogi, even though he promised to share. I am not quite sure what the tea-like stuff they brought was, but I did not care for that, and neither did hubby. But we made an effort to drink it so we didn't offend. Very friendly staff. I would have liked a little more explanation of the various foods on the menu, to make it more user friendly for non-Koreans visiting the restaurant.
When chores of the day were over, it was almost 10 PM; and we were tired. Through dark streets of Los Angeles, devoid of street lights, we managed to arrive at this very small strip mall or a “plaza” as they call it. As usual, few parking spaces situated in the mall were maned by “valet” and costing two dollars. Surprisingly, quite few eateries and a bakery cramped in the mall; and every one was open at that hour for business. We chose the eatery known for their “hand-cut” Noodles and served with Manila Clams. We were given a table promptly. The placemats were already on the table which functioned as the menu as well. Two ladies and a young man tending our table were courteous and helpful. One of them brought a pitcher of “Barley Tea” and another brought three different kinds of Gimchie. I am a visitor to Los Angeles; do not pretend that I know much about culture of this Town/City, nor do I claim an expertise in this genre of cusines. Now, back to the Gimchies. One was made of Raddish Greens and was swimming in cold liquid. The solid parts were tough and fiberish; the liquid part was cold and refreshing. The other two Gimchies were distinctively different: one was of Napa Cabbage and the other of Radish commonly known as Daikon. Both were doused with syrupy red-pepper based sauces but very flavorful, but they were overpowering to me, and yet had mature Gimchie flavors which would be difficult to perfect. With the help of one of ladies, we ordered (a) Steamed Dumplings, (b) Dolsot Bibimbob, and (c) Manila Clam Kalgooksoo. Food began arriving: each beautifully presented, each consisting of gigantic volume with fabulous and exotic aroma. Both Dumplings and Bibimbob were qualitatively at par with other distinguished eateries we were accustomed with. Kalgooksoo was outstanding: the noodles were cooked perfectly and the texture was heavenly. Clams were adorable in size and exuding most fascinating colors. The broth was phenomenal. Now, I know why people line up for this e
12.31.2014 - tucked in a corner of a Mini Mall this noodle shop was hard to spot. The main sign was in Korean and we were looking for "Hangari Balsarik Kalgooksoo" as reviewed by LA Weekly. We ended up passing it by twice, before asking the Valet. Rather than trying to snag street parking which is impossible in Koreatown, go for Valet Parking - well worth the $2. Despite some wait, once seated, the food service was very efficient. The servers spoke minimal English but were very polite, nodding, bowing, smiling. You can see the noodles being made by hand in the kitchen. The broth in the noodle soup was excellent -- rustic and robust. The noodles were al dente. The Seafood noodle came with about a dozen clams, 2 pieces of crab, 2 pieces of shrimp. The crab was bland though. The Goza were average tasting. The chicken noodle soup came with half a bone-in cornish game hen. Ask for disposable plastic gloves when deboning the hen yourself without messing up your fingers. All noodle orders come with Barley rice. Drizzle that with sesame oil to enhance the flavor. They are a somewhat stingy with their pickled side-dishes "Banchan" though. Generally we really appreciate the traditional, simple cuisine and old-fashion, service. We will visit again soon. Thumbs up!
Excellent house made noodles. Try all the sauces to go with.
Was just meh. Don't waste a meal here
Chewy-ass DELICIOUS hand-cut kalguksoo noodles. Manila clam soup base is unfucking BELIEVABLY GOOD!! (The Chicken soup is super good too but thicker+heavier ^_^). Oh yeah, LEGIT KIMCHI too.. *drooool*
Their Kalgooksoo (hand cut noodles w/ chicken) and ban chan are very good.
Passed by the place a couple times and it has always been packed. The finally had a chance to try to out and I must say that the noodles don't really love up to the hype, although their portions are big, then again, you are paying 11 bucks per serving. I think the taste has been adjusted to fit the local demographic, so authenticity is questionable. Nevertheless, if your are craving for Korean home style noodle and don't have a budget in mind, check it out!
Knife-cut noodles made in-house. Chicken, seafood, or clams all delicious. $12 for big bowl + barley, Kim chi & fermented soybean paste to start.
i had high, high, high expectations for kalguksu and it was met. I see myself coming here every week in the future.