I find myself constantly craving Korean bi bim bap (hope my spelling is right). I live in the Tustin area, but I figure I have the best chance (near me) in Irvine. I've tried a few around, and while they are good, they are not exactly what I'm looking for. Here's what I've tried:
Kaya: yummy veggies, excellent flavor of crunchy rice on the bottom, but GROUND beef? That's not what I'm used to, and I didn't like it at all. (There other food is really good, but...)
HK Tofu (on Red Hill in Tustin): Also good in many ways. The meat is tender and tasty, but the vegetables taste like they have just been steamed, not marinated. So close, but not quite. (Also, the rest of their food is very tasty).
I've also been to another in Tustin (on El Camino Real, in the shopping center with the Curtain Call Theatre), and I had the same "vegetables not marinated" problem.