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Johnson House Boo Dae Jji Gae, Los Angeles

Johnson House Boo Dae Jji Gae, Los Angeles

Boo Dae Jji Gae

Special Hot & Spicy Assorted Soup Restaurant located in the Boiling Crab plaza in Ktown. They used to only have a korean menu but they also included an english menu. The staff don’t quite understand english though. Valet parking is available in the plaza for 2 bucks and they are open till 5am daily!

Anyway I was looking up Boo Dae Jji Gae and found out that it originated from a city called Uijeongbu in Seoul after Korean war. It is also commonly known as Johnson Tang. Apparently, Johnson being a common American last name and Tang meaning soup. People made use of remain food like spam and hot dogs from US Army and added it into their traditional spicy soup with gochujang and kimchi. Over the years, the recipe was modernized to include ramen, American cheese, ground beef, bacon, green onions, sliced sausages and mushrooms like the Boo Dae Jji Gae available at Johnson House.

Johnson House Boo Dae Jji Gae
3377 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Neighborhood: Koreatown
Tel: (213) 389-9946
Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun 11 am – 5 am

Categories: Asian, Korean, Los Angeles, Ramen

Seoul House of Tofu, Los Angeles

Latest addition along Sawtelle Blvd. A dark sushi spot, Place Yuu, used to occupy this spot and apparently closed as of 24 December 2011. The place just opened recently, hiring new staff and blasting kpop music like 2NE1 when I was there. This place is rather big as compared to Tofuya thats along the same strip and have a menu thats identical if not exactly the same as Tofuya. Currently, several waitresses working here works at Volcano Tea House too.

Seoul House of Tofu, Los Angeles

Oyster Soon Tofu

Seoul House of Tofu
2101 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Tel: (310) 444-9988

Categories: Asian, Korean, Los Angeles

SeongBukDong, Los Angeles

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Before ever making a trip to this restaurant hidden in a small plaza in ktown, I have heard so many friends commenting that the braised beef and the braised mackerel tasted really good at SeongBukDong. However, parking in ktown is always a big problem and SeongBukDong sure gets really busy during dinner time.

When I was there with L and Y, we had 2 portions of the beef short ribs that was supposed to be the most popular item on the menu. The waiter took our order not long after writing our name on the waitlist. The wait was about 40 mins and once you get seated, you get served the usual korean fare, plenty of side dishes. There was a good assortment of it including mushrooms, cucumbers and bamboo, radish, kimchi, steamed egg, bean sprout and fermented bean cabbage. In less than 5 mins after we are seated, the pots of beef short ribs were served.

Galbi Jjim, Steamed Beef Short Rib

The beef was really really good. Probably the best korean beef ribs I have ever tried. Definitely definitely give it a shot. The wait was totally worth it. The beef was really tender and the stew was good too. It came with an option of brown rice or white rice. The brown rice tasted kinda healthy with beans and some other stuff in it and it was pretty unique and tasted a little sweet and was purplish in color (no idea why it was called brown rice tho.. purple rice?). Anyway, L really liked the brown rice.

Also to mention, this restaurant is really small and has like only 12 tables. It gets really busy and usually require at least a 30 mins wait before you will be seated. Even when we left, there was still a good number of people still waiting to be seated. The beef ribs will definitely make you come back for more. Almost everyone that was dining at the restaurant ordered a pot of beef ribs or braised mackerel or both.

Finally, a quote from my Korean TA, Jay, “this place is a hidden gem for sure”. So definitely give this place a try, you will not be disappointed!

Korean Restaurant
3303 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Tel: (213) 738-8977
Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun 9 am – 12 am

Categories: Korean, Los Angeles