last night the two of us had a serious craving for some pork belly and we didnt want to cook (which is what usually happens when we want some samgyeopsal). we decided to go to manna, where we had some good luck last time we went out (about a year ago). but dang if the lines werent ridiculous (we could see from the car) and DAMMIT after two go arounds and 7 minutes, there was NO FREAKING PARKING. i started to get a headache. i hate it when theres nowhere to park. i dont know. maybe im turning into one of those old fogeys i used to despise, but i have no patience for that kind of crap.
i remembered that one time we ended up eating at sutbuljib we passed some place called "ggul dueji" which means piggy (literally "honey pig". "oink" in korean is "ggul ggul" which also means "honey honey").
such a cute name. and i never hear of it being mentioned so theres probably going to be some parking, no?
SCORE. we got a spot on the street (metered) in two minutes. on a saturday night. if that is unusual, i guess then it was just our destiny to eat out there.
sat down to eat. clean tables, sturdy seats. not too brightly lit. good mood. the table next to us is a bit on the rowdy side. gyopos drinking it up and being loud, but they go away after half an hour. not exactly a date place. but we werent here to be romantic. and who the hell goes to a place called ggul dueji on a romantic date? i should hope no one.
anyway, we ordered two orders of samgyeopsal, one regular and one order of "heukdueji samgyeopsal" or black pork pork belly.
i forgot (already -- sorry) the price, but i think it is $13 for regular and $14 for heuk d.j.
they give you a large plate of kongnamul (but this kind if the spicy kind) and a large plate of kimchi. husband prefers shin kimchi (stuff a bit fermented) but i adore the fresh stuff and honest to goodness, this stuff is _really, really reaally_ good for restaurant.
excellent. between the two of us we polished both the kongnamul and a plate and a half of the kimchi.
the pork was also excellent.
the hdj pork was thicker cut and a bit too fatty for me, but husband proclaimed it "DELISH". i much prefered the regular samgyeopsal. either way they both tasted great fried up with the kong namul.
they are a little stingy with the sangchi, but i buzzed and they brought out extra and i was satisfied to learn that they arent one of those nasty bitter establishments that charges for extra lettuce.
i dont really remember what the difference between this place and mannas was, since it has been a year since we ate at manna, but i distinctly remember feeling like "damn, that was so much freaking pork, i wont eat it for another six months" after gorging at manna.
but here, somehow, the combination of the kongnamul and kimchi and everything cooked up (you cook it yourself on the large dome at your table) made it so that everything was balanced and we did not feel like we couldnt have samgyeopsal again later on this month (we will probably go back in a couple weeks). you also dont get rice until the end but you get it fried up and then you feel S T U F F E D.
EXCELLENT MEAL. seems like theres a bit more street parking around here. the service was good enough for korean (they answer the button calls quickly enough, even on saturday). and the price is reasonable.
recommend. and highly recommend if you want samgyeosal.
3400 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA