Sunday, August 15, 2010

Korean Food is Everywhere... from LA to Springfield

The reason I love Los Angeles is because you can feel such a strong Korean vibe... it has nothing to do with the fact that I have a Korean face. I just really like the food! So does my husband.

These pics are from Gyenari, a restaurant Hannah and I stumbled on in Culver City. We were going to another restaurant to meet some of her friends for dinner. Not knowing the area very well, we were a little early and walked by a Korean restaurant during Happy Hour. And, what a good choice-- we were definitely smiling when we left!

Hite... my Korean beer of choice. You can buy it all over Springfield, by the way.

Back to Jim's love affair with Korean food... When we were in Korea in October, my Korean aunts kept hand feeding Jim as if he were a baby. Not only that, but they oohed and aahhed at the way he used his chopsticks. I thought..."What about me?!" After all, I was raised by white Missourians... where was my applause? haha

Anyway, I digress.

Korean food is really good eats, and I'm so glad to see it more in the mainstream--whether it is a full-on Korean restaurant or a Kogi taco truck.

DID YOU KNOW KOREAN FOOD IS ALSO EVERYWHERE IN SPRINGFIELD? Interestingly, there are a ton of Korean restaurant owners... who operate non-Korean establishments. How does this play into your food? Tons. Argentina Steakhouse, Fuji, Ohana, Mijuri, Haruno, ReRico and Kai are just a few examples I can think of off the top of my head. You are probably eating Korean-inspired dishes without knowing it!


KickinFamily said...

Awesome post!

So tell us, where's the best place to get Korean food in Springfield? And not just the Korean-inspired fusion food. The authentic stuff. :)

Keep up the great work!

Michelle said...

The best (or at least, my favorite) is Soo's Korean Restaurant. I love it. In fact, I'm going there tomorrow to eat lunch with someone who's never had Korean food. !! My fave place to take people.

I used to go in and see nothing but Korean people... which I thought was a GREAT sign. Now, I can go on any given day and see a variety of faces... which tells me people like it! It makes me happy!

KickinFamily said...

Wonderful! Thanks for the quick response. I'll definitely check out Soo's the next time I'm in Springfield (usually for martial arts tournaments and camps).

Thanks again!