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."
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!
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
Los Angeles, CA 90005