midsummer nights

It’s July! And it’s hot. And I have no AC. And that is perfectly fine because I love hot weather. My brain is melting though and sometimes I wonder if I’m actually going through life or just floating in a dream.

This is what I’ve been up to, apparently:

20150721_203904Took a friend who’s visiting from New York to Kang Hodong Baekjeong. There’s always a long wait, but it gives you a chance to walk around the beautiful Chapman Square. And pick up snacks at the nearby Korean market.

20150721_194610We finally got seated after 40 minutes (on a Tuesday night!). But hey, good food is worth the wait. Really like their covered outdoor seating area, especially on a summer night.
20150721_203926Made soju bombs aftewards and drank some makgeolli. Cass Fresh kinda tastes like the Korean version of PBR.
cassFinally got a chance to use my panda character mask. This one’s from The Face Shop. Good coverage, average scent, lots of moisture. Fun to wear.
panda maskI’ll end here with a book I just finished reading. It’s called A Step from Heaven and is written by An Na.  It’s YA but can definitely be appreciated from the adult perspective. It’s about a young Korean girl who immigrates to America and has to deal with her family falling apart due to the stress of assimilation. Kind of depressing but beautifully written, and it ends on a hopeful note.
step-from-heaven
Najunge bwaeyo! 나중에 봬요!

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Kang Hodong Baekjeong

Mmm korean bbq. I went with the boy so we got the combo for two. Meat was sooo flavorful. Our waiter was very attentive and came back frequently to turn the meat on the grill for us and then place it into a bowl when it was all done. Love it when you don’t have to worry about burnt meat with charcoal. On the grill, they also have a compartment for egg jim, corn with mozzarella cheese, and vegetables. Banchan included chive pancakes (delicious),  pumpkin with raisins and nuts, kimchi, mul kimchi, bean sprouts, and their special kimchi chigae (stew). There’s a also a dipping sauce comprised of  soy sauce, onion, and jalapenos, but I prefer the meat wrapped in lettuce with just a bit of kimchi and sprout.

Kang Hodong Baekjeong

We went after 10pm so it was kind of hard to find the place, but I’m glad we wandered around long enough to find it. It’s located inside Ktown’s Chapman Plaza which is beautifully lit up by Christmas lights. You can park inside for $2 valet but we found plenty of street parking outside. Due to the late hour, we got seats right away, although I hear there’s usually a wait. Unfortunately if you want to use the bathroom, it’s located outside in the plaza and it costs 25 cents – but it’s clean.

Kang Hodong Baekjeong
3465 W 6th St
Ste 20
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Neighborhood: Koreatown

open till 2am Fri-Sat!!