Monday, January 4, 2010

Ma Dang Gook Soo

Back in the saddle again with a shiny brand new year! For my first post of 2010, I have chosen a restaurant with a name that will likely have you non-Korean speaking folks scratching your heads. It's nothing offensive, I promise! It means, at least as I literally translate it, "patio noodles."

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I got the chicken kal gook soo ("knife" noodles): full-of-chicken-flavor broth with chewy handmade noodles and shredded chicken. The huge potato slices didn't bring much flavor to the party, so I left most of those alone, but enjoyed the zucchini and green onion. I liked the touch of seaweed and cooked egg strips (this is probably not the best description) on top. And most important, don't forget to mix a few scoops of the house chili and green onion mixture into your soup before digging in!

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A few pickled items: thinly sliced pickled daikon radish, kimchi and non-spicy kimchi. Nothing to note in particular, except the fact that I greeted them like long lost friends, since it had been 5 long days since the last time I ate kimchi.

Considering its large portion, I don't know that the calorie count was low for my bowl of noodles, but it tasted healthy! Kal gook soo is a mild domesticated beast, when compared to other Asian noodle soups. But, its pristine simplicity has a rightful place in the noodle kingdom, especially if you conjure up images of snowy white Christmases like the one South Korea just had!

Eating Korean food is an activity that I associate deeply with my family. Although there are a million places for great Korean grub in LA, I am always a bit sad I can't share the experience with my parents and my sister; my meal at Ma Dang Gook Soo was no different. I'll stop being a downer now. Happy New Year and I'm looking forward to another year of good food and fun!

By the way, check out Eat Drink & Be Merry's write up of Ma Dang Gook Soo, which is where I first heard about this place!

Ma Dang Gook Soo
869 S. Western Ave
Suite 1
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 487-6008
Cash only


bagnatic said...

i LOVE chewy noodles! that's sound rather good right now since my nose feels cold and i need soup :(

threeringerfing said...

:( i miss eating with you! looks real goooood

Marie said...

Bagnatic: Aw, feel better! And let's nosh together soon? :)

Threeringerfing: I miss eating with you, too! SIGH. Can't wait for June!

bagnatic said...

you mean heif down, heif down marie. ok, lets!

Marie said...

Bagnatic: Ha, okay heif down! :P Couldn't find your email on your blog, hit me up. Mine is:

Daniel S. said...

Excellent write-up and pics...this is all making me so hungry! I first had kal gook soo at Myung Dong in Anaheim and fell in love with it instantly. The texture of knife-cut noodles is unmatched and the broth was amazing. The version at Ma Dang Gook Soo looks even better so I will definitely add this to my list.

Marie said...

Daniel: Yes, please do! Such a small price for such chewy goodness that one did not have to toil away for. :P