Among my favorite things about living in LA are the bright blue skies and warm temperatures that we enjoy year-round. Months on end of snow and gloom are not for this Hawaiian. However, after weeks and weeks of a heat wave that's kept us Angelenos cloistered in our homes with the air conditioning blasting, I needed a reprieve from the sun. To battle the heat, my gal pal Gastronomy Blog and I planned a double date to The Corner Place Korean BBQ, a Koreatown institution, to dig into a bowl of their famous cold noodles.
An assortment of banchan, including bean sprouts and kimchi, kicked off the meal. While the quality and freshness of the small dishes weren't quite on par with my go-to Korean spots, they satisfied our munching needs until our lunch arrived.
For this visit, we decided to test drive our buddy Midtown Lunch's assertion that four is the magic number here and followed his recommendation: a large bowl of Dong Chi Mi Gook Soo soup ($9.00) plus an order of bulgogi ($23.00).
In the Dong Chi Mi Gook Soo, noodles, matchsticks of cucumber, diced green onions, and slices of tomato swam in a wonderfully vinegary clear broth. Flavorful, refreshing and cold, this soup made with a closely guarded secret recipe hit the spot. They even divvied up the oversized bowl into four individual servings for us. I've dreamt of this soup countless times since this meal while melting in the heat.
To ensure that we filled up, we also ordered and grilled up an order of bulgogi, which wasn't a superb version of the dish but completely enjoyable.
Once we added tax and tip, our tab totaled around $40.00. For four people-- and four stuffed people, at that. Looks like four is the magic number, and The Corner Place's Dong Chi Mi Gook Soo is the magic dish to battle scorching temps.
The Corner Place
2819 West James M. Wood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006