**** WARNING - long post!
This will be part 1 of my foodcation trip to California! It was my official first Vacation as well the first time meeting my SO's family and friends. So I came prepared with a plan. Eat as much as I can. There was not a moment my tummy was not empty and now I'm paying for it. I'm 10 pounds heavier and now I'm dreaming of the food everyday. Florida sucks when it comes to Asian food (my favorite cuisine)!
When we first landed we decided it was a smart idea to take the Metro System from LAX to Koreatown, LA. Never again will I ever do that. Not only did it take about 2 hours lugging around suitcases and switching many train lines... it's not the greatest communities. Sketch much. No joke! But we made it... before heading to our AirBnB I decided to hit up Hmart in the area and got so many goodies to munch on while we take a nap and start our foodie adventure.
We were really close to Okrumong and when we saw all the snow bowl photos pasted on their windows I decided it had to be our first stop. Plus, I just woke up from a nap and I wanted something sweet to freshen us up from our exhausting travels.
It's a very small cafe, but it's open and airy. Their menu consisted of drinks (coffee, teas, smoothies) snow bowls or cups and baked goods. We got their Green Tea Snow Bowl which consisted of green tea shaved ice, red bean and pillowy mochi.
I really loved it! It's a bit small for being $8-9 bucks, but it's just so pretty. The ball of ice is layered and it's so soft. The red bean is the sweetest part of the dish and goes well with the green tea flavored ice. The mochi were so soft! They certainly were a bonus treat.
I definitely recommend this place! The snow bowl is perfectly sweet (for the light sweet tooth) and it's great to share with a partner.
Jae Bu Do
Now, this is not for the faint of hearts. I wanted to check out Jae Bu Do because grilling seafood is non-existent in Florida! Plus there's something I wanted to check off my bucket list and that's to try out San Nakji aka live octopus. Okay, okay. Technically they are not alive, but they are still wiggling and sticking!
They have a very very small menu (Set A, B and C) plus a few other side selections and drinks. This is really all they need as each set has more than enough serving portion! They include many shellfish from different clams, mussels, oysters, shrimp, scallops and so on. Plus they bring out this bomb corn dish and a refreshing cabbage sashimi dish.
We decided to get Set A and it was way more than enough for 2 people. It could feed 3 people comfortably to be honest. That set was only $55!
I don't know what this is called but it's a cold refreshing dish full of raw fish and cabbage.
So here it is, it's a plate of squirming octopus tentacles! I've been wanting to try this dish for maybe... 10 years now and here I am facing it. I was actually pretty excited and jumped in!
Surprisingly, it's not as scary as it seems. The little tentacles will move around and stick a bit, but definitely nothing I couldn't fight off. I love the firm and chewy texture of octopus so I was a o.k and the flavor? It was drenched in sesame oil and you can dip it in pepper paste to mask the fear, haha.
There was a lot of fire and shells flying everywhere. You'd thing that you'll be finished with your meal after all the shellfish, but oh no... They bring out a pot of clam noodle soup and don't forget the sweet potatoes that was placed in the charcoal before the grilling! I did... my poor potatoes... Oh, so much food...
A+ for such a unique experience and it was all tasty! The restaurant is a bit small and can get cramped, but it's worth it. Yum!
Jjukku Jjukku BBQWe all know that all-you-can-eat is my jam, especially when it's Korean bbq! Jjukku Jjukku BBQ just kept calling my name and I couldn't resist it. It's a nice campy/rustic style restaurant with my favorite music (Korean RnB) playing that day. They have 3 choices to decide on, Set A, B and C. Each set includes more meat/seafood/veggie choices to pick from. We decided to go all out and go with Set C, all the meat options and included the premium meats.
This dish was actually pretty refreshing and the quality of the beef does not taste like what you'd imagine raw meat to taste like. The nice slices of Asian pear certainly lightens up the dish. The yolk? What was it for? I don't know, but I didn't hate it!
I was super satisfied with my lunch! There's was so much food!! There's also other dishes from noodles, soup and rice to pick from. Set C came in around $32 which was not bad for all the options I had (41 choices). All the quality of meat was pretty good! They don't have many banchans, but hey I'm here for the meats!
Jjukku Jjukku BBQ
Next stop... Little Tokyo in Los Angelas!
I highly recommend this place! If you're looking for something authentic and unique. You must visit! There may be a long wait... but that just shows you how awesome this place is. The wait is a mixture of how delicious the food is and how tiny this udon shop is.
You get to see the chefs hand make the udon which is the most amazing entertainment. I wish I could sit at the bar and watch them during my meal, but since it was so packed we were seated wherever there was a table open.
I immediately knew what I wanted and it was their popular Cream Uni Udon. I wish I ordered 3 bowls, 2 for there and 1 to go! This dish was so delicious... creamy... and the udon noodles was chewy and just perfect! This is a dish I'll never forget.
We also got their Pork Belly Rice Bowl and Negitoro Rice Bowl. I didn't care much about their pork but the negitoro which is a mixture of fatty tuna and green onions which was delicious!! I just wished their potion was bigger.
This is definitely a place I would visit often if I could. I would try everything off their menu and am certain nothing would disappoint me.
This bowl was just too darn good..
329 E 1st St
329 E 1st St
This is the ending for part 1 of my California foodcation! Check out my video :D