Korean Beef

Be honest, I don’t know if this is really a Korean dish. But this dish is sweet and savory at the same time, which is similar to some flavors in Korean cuisine. And I don’t care what flavor profile this dish is! I love this recipe! It is easy, simple and fast! You can get everything ready in less than 15 minutes! Sometimes, if you have a long day and you just don’t feel like cooking much, this recipe is for you. You don’t need to do much, but you will have a tasty meal to put out. No one needs to know how easy that was. ūüôā

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Ddukbokki (Korean Stir Fry Rice Cake)

Rice cake! Rice cake! I love rice cake! Rice cake always has a special place in my heart. It is something really unique and different. Nothing I have ever eaten has a texture like rice cake. It is chewy with a bite. There is not much flavor to rice cake itself. The sauce is the secret to a good rice cake dish. I have grown up with Chinese rice cake, which is usually thinly sliced and cook with pork and soy sauce. Not only until recent years, I found out about Korean rice cake which is usually in a shape of long tube. However, most Korean rice cakes that I saw were cooked with a spicy sauce. I don’t eat spicy food, so I have never tried it. This recipe is just perfect, because it is not spicy! The sauce was delicious with tons of beef flavors and a hint of sweet. The cucumber was refreshing, and the carrot gave some crunch. I really¬†love this dish that I think I can cook this every week. I hope you will like it too.

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Japchae (Korean Sweet Potato Noodles)

I discovered japchae probably two years ago. Even though it was only from food court and it was not authentic, I still liked the dish a lot. The texture of the noodles was the most memorable. It was chewy and bouncy. And, I like the hint of sweetness. Recently, I have tried it again in a Korean restaurant. I loved it and I knew that I would love to make it at home. Last night, I made the noodles. It was good. Bryan and I both like how it tasted. It was like the one from restaurant. Although there are many steps to this recipe, it is worth the work and time for sure. Give this a try!

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Tasty Korean BBQ

Brisket on the grill @ Ma Dang Sae Korean BBQ

Korean BBQ is very different from American style BBQ. Instead of having the chef cooked for you, you have to cook your own meat on the dining table. In the middle of the dining table, there is a grill that uses either gas or charcoal. The meat is being cut into smaller pieces, so it doesn’t take long to cook. Other than meat, Korean BBQ usually comes with many sides, like kimchi, and cucumbers. There is always a bowl of lettuce or salad. And, my favorite is the rice paper that is like a wrapper. After a piece of meat is cooked, you can wrap with a rice paper and some salad. Then, take a big bite! Yum….. It is just too delicious!

On the westside of Los Angeles, there are a few Korean BBQ restaurants here and there. But of course, they are not cheap. It is at least $20 per person. The best place to eat Korean BBQ has to be in Korea Town near downtown Los Angeles. There are many choices. Because of the competition, some of the restaurants have really good price.

Bryan and I always go to this specific Korean restaurant. It has some really good deals. It has a all-you-can-eat menu. There are four different choices of price, which are $7.99, $9.99, $13.99 and $17.99. For more you pay, the more variety you can choose. My sister likes shrimps, so we got the $13.99 one. We only ordered three things, which were the thinly sliced beef brisket, marinated short ribs, and shrimps. The short ribs were sweet and juicy. The brisket is flavorful and best with rice paper and salad. My sister liked the shrimps a lot. For $17 per person, this has to be one of the best all-you-can-eat deals! We were unbelievably stuffed!

Brisket with salad and rice paper (The Perfect Bite!)

Where can you get this tasty meat?

Ma Dang Sae Korean BBQ (901 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006)