We really do love living near Koreatown. But mainly for the markets. To be honest, we rarely eat out in Koreatown. It always seems like a big commitment, like you have to order more than one dish. You have to make sure you go to the right place. To be honest, my favorite Korean dish is BiBimBap, which is as casual in Korean as you get. Going to a restaurant and then just ordering BiBimBap... The waiters just look at you as if YOU have just spit in their food.
I work on the Westside and our Korean food pickings are slim. I've been making due with the George's Cafe Bibimbap for years. And that is the other thing, there are few take out places in Koreatown that might specialize in Bibimbap. Jeon Ju is all about the experience (and their great Panchan) so it's kinda lame to go there and get to-go. I have long admited my love for Chego on their board, although not technically Bibimbap, the concept is familiar. So when I first went to Yellow Fever in Torrance, I felt like HOME. I had been to other Chego-Chipotle-Bowl Concepts like Kaga and Shophouse. Their flavors and ingredients were just not on point. But the flavors of Yellow Fever were true and bright. I was THRILLED when I heard they where expanding closer to work in MDR at Uncle Darrow's old spot (Parking!)
So we hit it as soon as they opened. I got my favorite... The Seoul Bowl with Noodles. It was good as I remembered. The egg freshly cooked and runny. The steak plentiful and tender. The rice noodles with just enough tooth to them. And I admit, I love kale. But the best thing is the gochujang sauce used in them. It's not too sweet, you can taste the chiles and even a little toastiness. Although our own House gochujang sauce is the BiBiGo (we make an awesome sour cream based dip with it) now it's just too sweet for me to use with my own rice bowls at home. I think I might start hording Yellow Fever's sauce like I do the Horsey Sauce from TopRound.
Thrilled that the MDR location was as good as the original Torrance location, I went back to try the Seoul Bowl with Rice. They use a mix of three rices, white brown and sticky. Sadly the sticky rice kinda threw the texture off. Some folks might like that extra 'bounce' it brings, but for me, it was kind of distracting. And since Yellow Fever is a semi-make your own place, you can ask for half noodles and half rice that I may try next.
So probably the lamest entry for this dish of the month round, but I am glad it gave me an excuse to visit and report back.