The Korean spicy tofu soup sundudbu jjigae is incredibly savory and satisfying, the kind of soup where you keep spooning up the broth even when you're full.
'banchan' on Serious Eats
Banchan, the small plates that accompany many Korean meals, complement, contrast, or accentuate the flavors of the main dish, putting out the flames of a particularly fiery spicy kimchi stew or adding a potent kick to a soothing bowl of jeonbokjuk, abalone porridge. And perhaps nowhere else in the U.S. are these side dishes better displayed than in K-Town in Los Angeles. Here are our favorites, depending on what your banchan priorities are.
A few months ago, I ruffled a few feathers when I suggested that Mapo Korean BBQ in Murray Hill, Flushing might be the best Korean BBQ in the city. A few of you kindly pointed out to me that the BBQ at Jang Tuh Sutbulgi is not only cheaper and a little easier to access by the 7 train, but indeed better than that at Mapo. Having now been to both, I have to respectfully disagree.
Korean BBQ is where it's at. When Westerners think short ribs, usually it's the braised kind. Soft, tender, and rich, glazed with a red wine demi-glace and slow-cooked to tender submission, it's cold-weather fare. Koreans see short ribs, and they...
The tasty world of New Jersey's Koreantown through the eyes of Brian Yarvin