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Title: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 27, 2018, 07:25:38 AM
This is only for places with an All You Can Eat (AYCE) option so Kang Ho Dong and Honey Pig are disqualified.

The 2 cheapest are actually Shik and Korea House. The difference is Shik is always crowded and Korea House almost never is but service at Korea House is hit and miss. Plus generally, Shik's meat is a tad better than KH.

Does Gen have steamed egg yet? That was the one thing missing from their menu but they do have other things that the other places don't have like fried food (dumplings, Korean Fried chicken etc).

Seoul Garden is a bit different from all the others as you have to go get your food but some people prefer this flexibility, that used to be our go-to place until they opened others closer to us.

You can vote for up to 3 since people prefer different ones depending on choices, proximity and time of day.

And why another poll? Because lurkers tend to vote in polls since they don't have to say anything and we talk about food more nowadays.

I should have made the Fried Chicken thread a poll. Next up... BYO Pizza Poll!
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: zubs on August 27, 2018, 09:17:22 AM
Your korean bbq kung fu is pretty developed.  Have you been to all these places you listed?

I've only been to:
shik do rak
gen
seoul garden
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 27, 2018, 09:34:12 AM
Yes I have.

And that's just the ones in the area... been to Chum Sut Gool in Garden Grove (they have ice cream!!) and Mr. BBQ in Fullerton.

I guess that's why I prefer the cheaper ones like Shik and KH since we go often.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on August 27, 2018, 12:30:51 PM
I went to Gen in Tustin a month ago and was disappointed that they didn't have the steamed egg (one of my favorite items at Korean BBQ places for my low carb eating).  I won't be going back there again until they bring back the steamed egg.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 27, 2018, 12:35:48 PM
I went to Gen in Tustin a month ago and was disappointed that they didn't have the steamed egg (one of my favorite items at Korean BBQ places for my low carb eating).  I won't be going back there again until they bring back the steamed egg.

I'm not sure of this but I don't think Gen ever had the steamed egg.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: Kings on August 27, 2018, 01:37:54 PM
I went to Gen in Tustin a month ago and was disappointed that they didn't have the steamed egg (one of my favorite items at Korean BBQ places for my low carb eating).  I won't be going back there again until they bring back the steamed egg.

I'm not sure of this but I don't think Gen ever had the steamed egg.

BYOSE

(bring your own steamed egg)
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: woodburyowner on August 27, 2018, 04:23:26 PM
I went to another Gen location (I think Cerritos) that did steam egg and it was terrible (it was dry and dense).  I spoke with the general manager about it and he apologized and knew the steam egg was bad, but customers keep requesting it so they set up a make shift area to make it.  Problem is that their kitchens just don't have the space for the equipment required to make it properly. 
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: momopi on August 27, 2018, 04:46:41 PM
I can BBQ @ Jeffery and Alton has steamed egg.

https://www.icanbbq.net/menu-1


This is a very simple dish to cook at home in your instant pot.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on August 28, 2018, 01:00:42 AM
I can BBQ @ Jeffery and Alton has steamed egg.

https://www.icanbbq.net/menu-1


This is a very simple dish to cook at home in your instant pot.


I like that place, they had one of the best service of all the Irvine AYCE Korean BBQ places.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 28, 2018, 06:41:19 AM
I believe almost all AYCE KBBQs have steamed egg, except Gen in Tustin, which is so weird.

@USC: I Can BBQ is interesting, most of the workers are Korean but it's owned by a Turkish(?) person. If you notice they are a bit more forward with their technology as all the servers have portable tablets where they enter in your order and also take payment.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on August 28, 2018, 07:56:54 AM
I believe almost all AYCE KBBQs have steamed egg, except Gen in Tustin, which is so weird.

@USC: I Can BBQ is interesting, most of the workers are Korean but it's owned by a Turkish(?) person. If you notice they are a bit more forward with their technology as all the servers have portable tablets where they enter in your order and also take payment.

Our hostess was a Russian girl and our server was a white guy...I'd have refills before I would even think about asking for me.  Food was good too.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 28, 2018, 08:32:46 AM
So maybe Russian? Last few times I went, it was mainly Korean staff.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: momopi on August 28, 2018, 08:50:12 AM
(https://s3-media2.fl.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/Hh-JVYUtxiGEpangtjmjTg/o.jpg)


You can cook Gyeran Jjim at home, with or without a Ttukbaegi.  It can be done stove top, microwave, rice cooker, steamer, solar oven (!), or instant pot.

For instant pot you just pour 1-2 cups of water in the IP, place trivet, then beat 2 eggs with stock (can use chicken soup) at 1:2 ratio, pour in a bowl, cover/wrap tightly with foil, set IP to steam for 10 mins and off you go.

You can experiment with amount of water in IP, length of time for steam release (quick to natural) to get the results that you prefer.  For the stock you can add fish sauce, salted shrimp, mirin, salt, etc. to adjust the taste.  Instead of chicken stock you can use dashi stock.  If you beat 3 eggs + stock then you'll need to steam longer.

If you're too lazy to cook the seafood/anchovy dashi stock, they sell pre-packaged "wet" noodles with liquid dashi stock packets at H Mart.  Just eat the noodles with something else and use the liquid dashi stock packet for your steamed egg.

It will take some trial and error before finding the exact texture and flavor that you prefer.  At 2 eggs per attempt it's not going to break your bank.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: irvinehomeowner on August 28, 2018, 09:30:53 AM
So I should have added Momopi KBBQ as an option?
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: momopi on August 28, 2018, 01:16:31 PM

You'd have to select "other" option.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: inv0ke-epipen on August 28, 2018, 09:57:40 PM
In college we bought meat and stuff from hmart and cooked at home. It ended up costing more than just going to all that.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: spootieho on September 03, 2018, 02:28:23 AM
In college we bought meat and stuff from hmart and cooked at home. It ended up costing more than just going to all that.

Depends in who you are eating with.  If i went with 2-4 friends who are going to eat a lot, it would be about the same price.  If I am with my family, its about half price to do it at home.  They dont eat as much.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 05, 2018, 10:21:34 AM
I'm bumping up I Can BBQ a bit higher on my list, esp for weekday lunches (I think it's only $15.99). They have better banchan and there seems to be a wider selection on their menu.

Shik is still a better value on weekend lunches and at night, but nighttime is super crowded... which is when you should try Korea House.

Long live KBBQ!!!
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: Compressed-Village on November 05, 2018, 12:51:05 PM
I'm bumping up I Can BBQ a bit higher on my list, esp for weekday lunches (I think it's only $15.99). They have better banchan and there seems to be a wider selection on their menu.

Shik is still a better value on weekend lunches and at night, but nighttime is super crowded... which is when you should try Korea House.

Long live KBBQ!!!

+1 for I can bbq. If you just pig-out by yourself which I do sometimes. Shik do Rak won’t allow you to eat by yourself. So I skip them and voted down for Shik. I can bbq definitely much cleaner and modern and better banchan
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on November 08, 2018, 09:39:56 AM
When will we do a TI Korean BBQ meet?
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: Compressed-Village on November 08, 2018, 02:08:40 PM
When will we do a TI Korean BBQ meet?

Let’s do it!
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on November 08, 2018, 06:02:52 PM
When will we do a TI Korean BBQ meet?

Let’s do it!

How about next weekend like at 5pm at I Can BBQ?  Who's in?
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: Compressed-Village on November 09, 2018, 02:48:10 PM
When will we do a TI Korean BBQ meet?

Let’s do it!

How about next weekend like at 5pm at I Can BBQ?  Who's in?

I think that's doable for me. What the heck, no one want to join? I guess, other obligations.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 09, 2018, 02:56:26 PM
I’m in witsec. :)

Although I wouldn’t mind meeting CV.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on November 12, 2018, 05:59:56 AM
Ok, let's meet on Sunday, Nov. 18th at 5pm at I Can Barbecue Korean Grill in Irvine off Alton/Jeffery.  I'll be in a Blue Macan S.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/i-can-barbecue-korean-grill-irvine-2
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: Panda on November 12, 2018, 06:55:53 AM
IHO and Trojan going? Man, I wish I could be there. :)

Ok, let's meet on Sunday, Nov. 18th at 5pm at I Can Barbecue Korean Grill in Irvine off Alton/Jeffery.  I'll be in a Blue Macan S.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/i-can-barbecue-korean-grill-irvine-2
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on November 12, 2018, 07:43:27 AM
IHO and Trojan going? Man, I wish I could be there. :)

Ok, let's meet on Sunday, Nov. 18th at 5pm at I Can Barbecue Korean Grill in Irvine off Alton/Jeffery.  I'll be in a Blue Macan S.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/i-can-barbecue-korean-grill-irvine-2

Fly out and join us.  ;)
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: Panda on November 12, 2018, 08:02:42 AM
If Qwerty, MoreKaos, and Socal shows up... I may seriously consider it :)

IHO and Trojan going? Man, I wish I could be there. :)

Ok, let's meet on Sunday, Nov. 18th at 5pm at I Can Barbecue Korean Grill in Irvine off Alton/Jeffery.  I'll be in a Blue Macan S.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/i-can-barbecue-korean-grill-irvine-2

Fly out and join us.  ;)
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on November 13, 2018, 10:34:11 PM
If Qwerty, MoreKaos, and Socal shows up... I may seriously consider it :)

IHO and Trojan going? Man, I wish I could be there. :)

Ok, let's meet on Sunday, Nov. 18th at 5pm at I Can Barbecue Korean Grill in Irvine off Alton/Jeffery.  I'll be in a Blue Macan S.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/i-can-barbecue-korean-grill-irvine-2

Fly out and join us.  ;)

I'd like to meet MoreKaos as well.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on November 15, 2018, 09:45:03 PM
Anyone else joining us on Sunday at 5pm at I Can BBQ in Irvine? 
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 16, 2018, 07:10:51 AM
Sorry... I think there was some confusion but I won't be there (witsec is about protecting my anonymity :) ).

Plus I usually do KBBQ at lunchtime because it's too heavy for dinner (and usually after a lunch KKBQ, I don't have to eat until the next day).
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on November 18, 2018, 01:37:56 PM
Gonna have to take a last minute rain check bc one of my good friends has her birthday party this afternoon so I’ll head out there after my open house.  I’ll create a thread for a lunch outing at I Can BBQ for a weekend in Dec.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: spootieho on November 19, 2018, 10:01:17 AM
1. I do prefer being anonymous for the most part.
2. With rare exception, going to KBBQ without the family is considered cheating on the family.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: akkord on November 19, 2018, 10:24:52 AM
I go to KBBQ without the family all the time. In the last couple years I've been with my SO once to try the one off Culver/5 freeway, we both thought it was just ok...we weren't sure why it was so hyped up. 

2. With rare exception, going to KBBQ without the family is considered cheating on the family.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: Irvinecommuter on November 19, 2018, 10:51:23 AM
I go to KBBQ without the family all the time. In the last couple years I've been with my SO once to try the one off Culver/5 freeway, we both thought it was just ok...we weren't sure why it was so hyped up. 

2. With rare exception, going to KBBQ without the family is considered cheating on the family.


Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong is okay..way overpriced.  They charge for a ton of stuff (like dried seaweed). 

Meat quality is good but again..way overpriced.

I think it is popular with the drinking crowd and people who really like service at a Korean BBQ.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: akkord on November 20, 2018, 08:28:08 AM
The pricing was one of the factors that made it OK, the other was they were overcooking the meat, I had to take it off myself...think I had previously posted that I'd rather go to Mastros over this spot since I could pay a little more and get something I'd enjoy a lot more too.  If we drank more at KBBQ it'd probably be comparable to Mastros pricing. 

I go to KBBQ without the family all the time. In the last couple years I've been with my SO once to try the one off Culver/5 freeway, we both thought it was just ok...we weren't sure why it was so hyped up. 

2. With rare exception, going to KBBQ without the family is considered cheating on the family.


Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong is okay..way overpriced.  They charge for a ton of stuff (like dried seaweed). 

Meat quality is good but again..way overpriced.

I think it is popular with the drinking crowd and people who really like service at a Korean BBQ.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 10, 2019, 07:39:16 AM
Has anyone tried Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ?

They have an AYCE option but it starts at $35 and goes all the way up to $55 (+$2 Fri-Sun).

We just did the brunch option where each person can select 2 different meats and then alacarted some other choices.

It's okay... for the money, KBBQ is a much better value.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: Kenkoko on January 10, 2019, 11:07:46 AM
Has anyone tried Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ?

They have an AYCE option but it starts at $35 and goes all the way up to $55 (+$2 Fri-Sun).

We just did the brunch option where each person can select 2 different meats and then alacarted some other choices.

It's okay... for the money, KBBQ is a much better value.

I tried a few times and it was ok. My wife prefers it over KBBQ because it's japanese style bbq and she likes the garlic noodles and the other small dishes more than Korean banchans. It's also a lot less smoke and you wont go home with smelly clothes.

Gyu-Kaku offers mostly marinated meat (with heavy sauce)
I like my beef unmarinated. Best way to eat beef is just with some salt, which is why I still prefer KBBQ.

Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: Irvinecommuter on January 10, 2019, 11:32:50 AM
Our favorite remains Cham Sool Gol...they have two location: The OG one in Garden Grove and another one in Buena Park.  The GG one has a limited selection but good and relatively cheap.  We generally go to the Buena Park as there is more selection.  Both have Thrifty ice cream for dessert.

Honestly though, I am getting too old for AYCE Korean BBQ.  Prefer shabu shabu now.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: momopi on January 11, 2019, 10:37:21 AM
I've noticed a general decline in quality at Gen BBQ in Cerritos.  When I visited recently they couldn't even cut meat or cook rice properly.  Maybe the experienced cook was off that day and they had some part timer in the kitchen.

For KBBQ I recommend Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong and Eight Korean BBQ in Buena Park.  Note that both places have tight parking, though for Eight BBQ you could park at the Church parking lot for dinner:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/kang-ho-dong-baekjeong-buena-park-4
http://www.kijung.com/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/eight-korean-bbq-buena-park
https://eightkoreanbbq.com/buena-park

Eight Korean BBQ specialize in pork and is a chain with many locations.  For Japanese BBQ I liked Manpuku in Costa Mesa, though the manager and staff that I knew have all left or rotated to other locations.  Tsuruhashi in Fountain Valley is also decent, you can visit "Prehistoric Pets" down the street with your kids and feed the catfish:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/manpuku-tokyo-bbq-dining-costa-mesa-4
http://www.manpukuus.com/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/tsuruhashi-fountain-valley
https://tsuruhashirestaurant.com/

http://prehistoricpets.com/t/aboutus   <-- pet shop, not BBQ


Also in Fountain Valley, Sushi Koto does Sunday Brunch buffet.  Reservation highly recommended.  More items are avail (made to order) if you ask the waitress:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-koto-fountain-valley
http://www.kotooc.com/sunday-brunch.html


And if you're willing to make the drive, Maison Akira in Pasadena for Sunday Brunch:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/maison-akira-pasadena
http://www.maisonakira.net/brunch/
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 11, 2019, 12:22:53 PM
@momopi:

You keep recommending places that don't have AYCE. :)
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: Kenkoko on January 11, 2019, 01:17:04 PM
Just went to BWON Shabu & BBQ  in Fullerton last weekend. You get both Shabu and KBBQ AYCE. Meat quality was excellent and priced decently.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/bwon-shabu-and-bbq-fullerton-3
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: momopi on January 11, 2019, 01:40:40 PM
@momopi:

You keep recommending places that don't have AYCE. :)


The AYCE places are already listed in the user voting section on top.
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: irvinehomeowner on January 11, 2019, 02:31:00 PM
Just went to BWON Shabu & BBQ  in Fullerton last weekend. You get both Shabu and KBBQ AYCE. Meat quality was excellent and priced decently.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/bwon-shabu-and-bbq-fullerton-3

I think you just found us the crown jewel... AYCE shabu, KBBQ and buffet... time to go to Fullerton.

Rep... like... thanks... +1... A++++!
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: Irvinecommuter on January 11, 2019, 02:51:54 PM
Just went to BWON Shabu & BBQ  in Fullerton last weekend. You get both Shabu and KBBQ AYCE. Meat quality was excellent and priced decently.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/bwon-shabu-and-bbq-fullerton-3

I think you just found us the crown jewel... AYCE shabu, KBBQ and buffet... time to go to Fullerton.

Rep... like... thanks... +1... A++++!

Personally...I didn't care for it and service was terrible.  Normally I don't care about service but it was really bad. 

The Korean food was okay and they gave you way too much per order so unless you are there with a lot of people, you can't really order a variety.   The meat was also shredded super thin so it was hard to grill.  Broth was meh.

Oh and they make the ultimate sin of using round grate grills instead of the thick metal plate grills. 

4 stars on Yelp but read the actual reviews...not so hot.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/bwon-shabu-and-bbq-fullerton-3

Even OC Weekly was tepid in its review...they are usually over the top on their reviews.

Quote
And as with all all-you-can-eat Korean barbecues and shabu-shabus, the evening became a contest to recoup the cost of admission. But as time wore on, I found that juggling the two burners was taking away from the experience, especially when I realized my dining partner decided she was full halfway through.

The situation was exacerbated by the fact that, unlike other Korean barbecues, the servers were not obligated to help me manage the grill. Once they dropped off the meats in premeasured boxes, they were done. As a consequence, half of what I roasted turned to cinder, and most of the veggies in my shabu pot turned to mush.

But because the restaurant institutes punitive charges for any food left uncooked or unconsumed, I persevered and ate it all. I left BWON painfully bloated, sweaty from the steam of the shabu pot and reeking of the greasy smoke of the grill. In other words, mission accomplished!

https://ocweekly.com/fullertons-bwon-shabu-bbq-does-both-diy-genres-simultaneously/
Title: Re: Korean BBQ Poll
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 04, 2019, 10:36:40 PM
Heh.

My experience was fine but maybe because it wasn’t crowded when we went. I liked that they had cheese corn and jap chae at the buffet.

The grill worked for us, actually cooked the thin sliced pork belly better.

Just too far away.