Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong
May 22, 2015
I LOVE Korean BBQ. Thanks to my few Korean friends in NYC, I have recently become obsessed with it, and now I can’t seem to get enough.
Recently, I got a tweet from @KHDBaekjeong first asking how long I was in town for and if I had ever had Korean BBQ before? I promptly replied ‘I Love Korean BBQ!’ Well, we tweeted back and forth for a bit and @KHDBaekjeong asked if I was trying to make dinner plans they would love to welcome me at their Korean BBQ restaurant in Buena Park, CA. Well before I said yes, I did some research via Yelp. They received a 4 star rating out of 383 reviews. I thought, hell yeah I’ll try this place, and tweeted back at them I would be there the following evening with my family.
Upon arriving the first thing you will notice is how big this restaurant is, and no wonder since there was a decent size crowd waiting their turn to get seated. We put in our name with the hostess and were told it was going to be an hour wait. Wow, a 1 hour wait-time on a Wednesday night in Buena Park. I couldn’t believe it. Just a side note, Buena Park, CA is not where one goes to party it up.
Luckily, we only had to wait about 1/2 hour before we got seated.
The one thing I love about Korean BBQ are all the yummy pickled side dishes you get with your barbecued meat. Daikon ( a type of radish), and Kimchi, being my top two favorites.
We ordered the Prime Rib and the Prime Marinated Short Rib.
Our waiter, Isaac, was super-awesome and answered any questions we had about the food without judgement. When he found out I love Kimchi, Isaac went a head and ordered me a Kimchi jjigae ( a spicy stew made with kimchi, meat, tofu and other ingredients) and what KHD Baekjeong calls a Korean Lunchbox. Both on the house! I’m starting to like this food blogging thing.
The Jjigae was fantastic, the broth spicy and salty, the only thing I was a tad disappointed about was the tofu. It wasn’t the super soft kind, which is just my preferred taste for this stew.
Their Korean Lunch Box is made up of white rice, fried eggs, kimchi and fermented sweet beans. What they do next with it, is by far one of the most entertaining food experience I have had. Our waiter took the Lunchbox closed it and shook it for Jesus.
After you get this:
It’s sweet, savory and spicy and I’m now wondering how I might attempt to make this at home.
My family and I had a great dinner that night. There’s nothing like meat being grilled right in front of you… Unless you’re a vegetarian. Thanks Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong for the invite! I am sure I’ll be coming back when I’m in town!
For more info check out their website: http://m.mainstreethub.com/kanghodongbaekjeong