Had a fantastic meal at My Secret Recipe, a Korean restaurant at 3rd and Hobart (just east of Western) in LA.
The starter looked like a bowl of ice water (including ice cubes) with grated cucumbers, but was an intensely flavored cucumber soup. Great salted cucumber flavor (reminded me of the amuse at Melisse, without the foam/gelatin textures). It was followed by panchon.
The focus of My Secret Recipe are giant cooked-at-the-table stir fries which include octopus or squid with beef or pork. We had baby octopus and pork. The stir fry had cabbage, bean sprouts, scallioins, clear noodles and assorted herbs. This was really tasty stuff, the flavors meld together so well and the pork, which is sort of a fatty, bacon cut mostly cooks down and flavors the rest of the dish.
Once we'd eaten about half the order, they added rice, pickled daikon, shredded seaweed, and various seasonings and make a fried rice dish...delicious.
We also had an octopus pancake, which was one of the better Korean pancakes I've had, though thicker and doughier than some.
The vibe at My Secret Recipe is young and hip. The staff was very friendly, helpful and tolerant of our non-Korean speaking party.
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