Koreatown is one of the only neighborhoods where Angelenos get excited about chains. KyoChon chicken and Magal BBQ have been quite popular over the years. Now Yukdaejang is drawing crowds to a blue fenced strip mall on K-Town’s east side. This popular chain from Seoul opened on December 1, 2016. Decor includes white walls lined with dish photos and a covered patio with blue tile roof. Bibs are available upon request to shield splatter from yuk gae jang, their signature, fire-red beef noodle soup. I enjoyed their version of that dish pretty well. If you plan to order one more dish, consider Handcrafted Steamed Dumplings ($7.99).
Yukdaejang’s mandu (Korean dumplings) come in quintets, filled with either pork or a mix of kimchi and pork. I opted for full-force pork dumplings. Thin dumpling skins are steamed to proper elasticity, containing healthy servings of juicy ground pork, chives, and glass noodles. Dumplings work as a milder prelude to Yukdaejang’s spicier dishes.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.