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Ktown specialty joint: baby octopus with veggies and gochujang sauce (long)

modernist | Feb 19, 200505:55 PM

went to "my secret recipe" in Ktown with a korean friend for lunch thursday. its a chain in korea with 50 locations. on 3rd and hobart between two bangladeshi markets that both serve food (gonna check them out later)

i forgot the korean name of the dish. but its basically 7 permutations of the same thing. pretty tasty stuff!

a large iron skillet sort of like a big chicago deep dish pizza pan about two feet around and two inches deep sits in the middle of the table over a burner.

there is a large assortment of veggies. sesame leaves, green onions, white onions, bean sprouts (with the large yellow heads), a korean vegetable that is like a korean cilantro (had a square stem so i guess its mint family) and maybe one or two more.

i think there are about 7 choices of what else to put in. baby octopus (i was told: "cousin of the octopus"), larger octopus tentacles, sliced cuttlefish or squid body, each served with or without samgyupsa (bacon). theres also a gochujang, deep colored, slightly sweet chili paste sauce thats used. (used in bibimbap)

our waitress fried everything together in the dish using tongs and scissors to cut and stir everything.

after eating they make fried rice adding sesame oil, nori and some pickled daikon. everything was a deep chili red, but not overpoweringly hot

we got the baby octopi and larger octopus tentacles

my favorite were the small octopi (the curled tentacles fanned out to be only about 2.5" in diameter). they were the most tender and most aesthetically pleasing in my opinion.

for lunch its 8.99 per order. dinner is 13.99 i believe. two order minimum. two orders is enough for 3 people easily.

my friend thought the balance of meat to veggies was off. but you can add an order of octopus or bacon for like 4 bucks.
they also have some side dishes like tenjang jigae and others that we didnt get.

for panchan they had cucumber kimchi, potato salad and and grey/purple colored acorn jelly with soy and minced green onions. (my friend said, whats that thing that squirrels eat? haha!)

no booze.
very clean place.
menu in korean with pictures.
lcd tvs playing bad eurotrash concert videos.
free korean thick green tea or coffee from a machine on the way out.

we got dessert at the bangladeshi market across the street. a white powdery cylinder that exploded when my friend tried to break it in two with her hands. i tasted a few crumbs that fell back into the bowl. i think it tasted good. the rest landed on the counter and the floor. she liked the chunk that she managed to hang on to.

My Secret Recipe
4177 W. 3rd St #A
LA CA 90020

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