Street food is now appearing indoors with much higher frequency. In Koreatown, Younggoo’s Noodle 24 went so far as to paint a cartoonish red-on-black-and-white mural of street food stalls above wood booths. The heavily branded family-run restaurant may feature a bowl of backlit noodles and chopsticks as their logo, and their tables tout messages like “Soups made daily from scratch,” but I’ll remember my meal best for sizzling pork patties.
Grilled Short Rib Patties ($19.99) involve “house special” pork rib patties marinated piped with supple cylindrical rice cakes and marinated with a proprietary, soy-based sauce. Three juicy, savory patties must weigh six ounces each and appear on a sizzling cast-iron platter with sesame seeds and scallions on an onion bed that caramelizes in dripping juices. Eat the meat with sweet pickled daikon, pungent kimchi, and spicy chile-soaked radishes for balance’s sake.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.