Nae Go Hyang
Thanks to Korean restaurant guide on Eater, we found out about this healthy, Handmade Whole Wheat Noodle Specialist in K-Town. Nae Go Hyang has a variety of dishes (even Bossam!), but it seems a lot of people enjoy their Handmade Wheat Noodles and Dumplings the most.
Roasted Barley Tea:
We started with a complimentary cup of their hot Roasted Barley Tea. I love Korean Barley Tea, with its fragrant nuttiness and nice rounded taste.
Their free Banchan selection is limited to just 2 items (which seems very sparse), but they are freshly pickled (not too funky) with a nice crispness.
Bunchu Mandoo (Steamed Leek and Pork Dumplings):
Their Handmade Steamed Leek & Pork Dumplings are wonderful. There's a real, slightly al dente, nice chew to each Dumpling while still being very tender. The Leek & Pork filling is also lightly seasoned, where they encourage you to add however much salt you want via their Light Soy Sauce.
Haemul Kal Gooksoo (Whole Wheat Noodles with Crab, Shrimp, Squid, Clams, Mussels and Vegetables):
The Seafood Noodle Soup is a gentle, lightly briny broth. It is fine, if a bit straightforward. But the ample amount of Seafood is nice. They give you half of an entire Crab, but it is sadly on the smaller side (understandable given the cost), but it makes it too hard to extract much meat out of it unless you are diligent. The Squid, Clams and Mussels are fine, not overcooked.
The Handmade Whole Wheat Noodles are hefty. There's a good graininess note to them, and thicker than most types of Soup Noodles.
On another visit, we start with:
Mool Mandoo (Boiled Dumplings with Pork, Leeks and Zucchini):
Their Steamed Leek Dumplings were delicious, so we wanted to see how their Boiled Dumplings were. These are very soft, but not mushy. They still retain a gentle, playful chew to them towards the tip. And like their Steamed Leek Dumplings, these are very lightly salted, so you can control how salty you want it with their Soy Sauce, which is nice.
Haemul Jun (Green Onion Griddle Cake with Oysters, Squid, Clams and Shrimp):
I'm always looking for a great Korean Seafood Pancake. Nae's version is a bit too greasy. It has a slight crunch to it, but the inside is also a bit too wet. There is a massive amount of Seafood, though, which is nice.
Yook Gae Jang Kal Gooksoo (Whole Wheat Noodles in a Spicy Beef Broth with Green Onions):
This Spicy Beef Broth wasn't very beefy, but rather tasted like a more substantial version of a Korean Spicy Tofu Soup (Soon Doo Boo).
The slivers of Shredded Beef were tender, and tasted quite fresh. The Handmade Whole Wheat Noodles were similar to last visit, still with a nice chew, but pliable.
In general Nae Go Hyang feels like a nice place to get lighter, healthier Korean fare. They have an Anchovy & Vegetable Handmade Wheat Noodle Soup that I think I want to try next time.
Nae Go Hyang
3516 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 381-0022
Hanbat Shul Lung Tang
I haven't had a great Sul Lung Tang in years, ever since a Korean co-worker took us to a specialist in O.C. So when we heard about Hanbat, a Sul Lung Tang specialist in Koreatown, we had to go!
When you walk in, it's a total hole-in-the-wall, and packed (always a good sign). They serve only 2 items on the menu: Sul Lung Tang (Korean Ox Bone Broth) and Suyuk (Boiled Beef Dish). You can choose which parts of the Cow are part of it.
They only serve 2 simple items for their Banchan appetizers, and both are well-seasoned, lightly spicy and tart.
Mixed Sul Lung Tang (Ox Bone Soup with Beef Brisket, Flank Steak, Intestine, Tripe, Spleen):
When their large piping hot bowl of Ox Bone Soup arrives at the table, it's a milky white color. A sip of this broth as is might throw you off as it has no added Salt. Instead, as is tradition, you season the Ox Bone Broth yourself, adding ample amounts of Green Onions and however much Salt you'd prefer. The result is this:
Which is fantastic! A beefy, delicate, light Bone Broth starts to come alive with the Green Onions and pinch of Salt. It's warming, fragrant, and when eaten with some of the Beef Brisket or Flank Steak slivers and the Steamed Rice, it makes for a wonderful lunch that warms you up on the chilly Winter days.
The Mixed Combo comes with bits of Beef Intestine, Spleen and Tripe which are fine, and I'd imagine this is something @theoffalo would love.
You can also order their Sul Lung Tang with just one type of protein if you prefer (e.g., All Beef Brisket Only, etc.). I want to try their Beef Tongue Su Lung Tang next time.
This is easily one of the best, down-to-earth, humble lunches I've had in a while. Can't wait to go back!
Does anyone know if there are places that also serve this with Beef Tendon?
7 a.m. - 10 p.m., 7 Days A Week
Hanbat Sul Lung Tang
4163 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Tel: (213) 383-9499