I like these 2 places for jars of kimchi. Hansung in Buena Park (right by Knotts btw) has a pretty good banchan selection as well. Also they have mandu in their frozen section. The spicy oyster banchan and perilla leaves banchan is not to be missed
We started with Soban. We had dined-in there once last year and had marinated raw crab and black cod and the banchan with the rest of the meal was super great. Tonight for a to go order we had the cod and braised short rib with extra banchan and the experience really translated! The celery was for sure a highlight.
Definitely agree with @JeetKuneBao on the 2 recommendations. The people at Hansung Ggoolmott Kimchi are the nicest. I’ve had several varieties of their kimchee and its priced similarly to what you’d pay at H-Mart or any other Korean market but significantly better. Haven’t had any of the banchan but if its anywhere near the level of their kim chee then its well worth the trip.
If you want to make the most out of your trip you’ll be close to Porto’s, Portillos for Chicago dogs or beef dips sandwiches and not too far away from Brookhurst for all things Middle Eastern.
Has anyone done to-go Korean BBQ since quarantine and had good banchan provided with it? We’ve done some to-go jjigaes but the kiddos are now requesting BBQ. I tried the cook-at-home delivery kit that Chris Oh (formerly Hanjip) does, but the banchan was very limited.
Get some marinated meat to grill to go from Park’s BBQ To Go (next to Park’s BBQ) and then order a dish (I’d suggest the soybean stew with brisket or the galbi tang) from the regular restaurant to get some banchan. They should also give you some lettuce wraps and sauces with the meat.
I am hardly an expert on Koreatown, but folks I know who are up on it (like JeetKunBao) have mentioned Mapo Kkak Do Gee for its array of banchan, and it is one I do have experience with. It was quite an impressive variety of banchan, which I quite enjoyed.
In case you want to do it yourself here is Maangchi’s latest video, Korean BBQ (Soegogi-gui: 쇠고기구이) - YouTube. Pretty sure Park’s is better quality meat, but she is always fun to watch and I have learned a lot from her.
Hansung Ggoolmott Kimchi was so righteous! They were very accommodating and were taking all the precautions for covid. Picked up a few things and everything tastes incredible. The Perilla Leaf, Special Kimchi and the Leek Kimchi are my highlights so far.