Some days, you have to let loose. Diets and counting calories don’t matter. You shut down your hunger sensors and gorge in a all you can eat meat fest. Koreatown has Korean BBQ restaurant at almost every corner. One of my favorites is Hae Jang Chon on 6th Street. They offer some good quality meat and I personally like their selection. This is one of my favorites because of the stone plates that the meat is cooked on. These things are like the iron skillets that get passed down generation to generation. All the meat essence that was cooked before is still on there from past patrons. Time after time after time, all that meat essence is still there, and it comes out in the food.
The time me and my family went, just like any other night, was a busy one. We waited nearly over an hour, so plan on doing the same. It was particularly loud inside. People were binge eating and drinking — nothing out of the ordinary on a Saturday night in Koreatown. This is all part of the Korean BBQ experience.
The food here is just as good as the experience. Besides their many side plates, my favorite meat options are thinly sliced beef, short rib meat, and pork belly. I also like to get the tongue. The tongue has a nice beef flavor but is not as chewy. It is tender and the flavor is really nice., contrary to what others may think.
I also tried the baby octopus. The beef on pork on beef was getting kind of tiring. I roasted the baby octopus for a little, making sure not to over cook it. It was very tender and wasn’t rubbery at all.
The ending is the best. Once you are done with the meat, it is time to eat more. They clean the rock slate and cook this vegetable rice mix. It is crispy on the bottom and so good as a finisher. Check out the video to see the waiter in action.
Eating all you can eat is good, but not all the time. Once in a while though, you have to give in. Cook all the meat that you want, just the way you like. It is right in front of you and once it is done, you just eat. Watch your tongue though, that grill is hot.