At the second Seoul Sausage, a glass, steel and mural coated space at the base of Little Tokyo’s mixed-used AVA building, Ted Kim, brother Yong Kim, and Chef Chris Oh riff on Korean comfort foods, and deliver their own unique twists. Rappoki is a mash-up of two Korean street foods, ramyeon (Korean “ramen”) and toppoki (spicy rice cakes). Of course, the trio’s Da Rappoki isn’t quite like versions you’d find from Seoul street vendors.
Da Rappoki ($15) combines the joys of packaged ramen noodles, cylindrical rice cakes, crispy chunks of meaty roasted pork belly, a soft egg with a beautifully runny yolk, and a scallion shower. The ingredients all rest in a sauce thick with gochujang, sugar, water and secretive “goodies” that grows in spicy intensity with each bite. Pork might not be the point of this dish, but those chunks still make an impact in their supporting role.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.