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Happy Family (no, not that one), K-town

cant talk...eating | Sep 13, 201108:27 PM

Just a heads-up about this place, in the strip mall at Western and West 3rd St.. Been open about a month, and because it offered easy/free parking and A/C, seemed like a good place to stop today. It's basically a Chinese restaurant in Koreatown, run by Koreans, with Chinese cooks. Super nice staff, a couple of whom are English-speaking. There are a bunch of these Korean-run Chinese places around, mostly serving (as far as I can tell) generic Americanized Chinese food, like the other analogs of American food in K-town (pizza places).

They have a list of a dozen or so lunch specials in the sweet and sour pork vein, but I had the noodles with the hope that might lead somewhere interesting. This was good since they're hand-pulled and hand-cut in-house, acc'g to the waitress. I know next to nothing about Korean food, but I got two big bowls, one with these fresh spaghetti-like noodles, the other a stir-fried mix of chopped onions, cabbage and diced pork in a black bean paste. I'm sure 20 people on this board can tell me what this is called, since it seemed like the token Korean dish on an otherwise Chinese-ish menu, I guess like the burger and fries combo at a taqueria?

Other notes - they seemed to have several versions of more pricy seafood soups, including something they're calling something like "shredded seafood delicacies", shark-fin soup (pass), and a couple dishes with yellow chives, which i would've ordered but there were a little above my normal lunch budget. Are yellow chives Chinese or Korean (or both)? Seems like I see this a lot here in the SGV but rarely west of downtown.

Anyway, this may provoke nothing but yawns to more seasoned Korean food folks, but thought it was worth a post. New place, they'd like the business I'm sure.

Happy Family
301 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

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