I heart Korean food.

Here are some more pictures of Korean food.  During the California trip, I definitely had my fair share of it.  Couldn’t stop.  I love banchan (Korean side dishes), kalbi (marinated beef), and kimchi cheegae (kimchi soup)!

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I could look at this photo for days…

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Spicy, delicious, and legit in one bowl. Perfect.

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Food from the heart.

While there were restaurants we wanted to experience in California, I really enjoyed the home cooked meals made by my friend’s family.  To sit around a dinner table, laughing, talking, and eating a home cooked meal makes for a fantastic time.  Penny’s Mom started in the morning by marinating chicken for grilling, preparing the gyoza (Asian dumplings), and a fresh soba noodle salad.  There was also rice, black beans, pickled cucumbers, a less spicy Kimchi (a Japanese version), and fresh steamed broccoli (with a creamy dipping sauce).

Everything was so awesome!  There were so many wonderful flavors and I could tell that Penny’s Mom put her heart into preparing this meal for us.  I loved seeing her laugh and smile as she was making sure everyone had enough to eat.  So legit.

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Teriyaki marinated chicken skewers. *drool*

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Pan fried gyoza. Put a little chili oil in the soy sauce and you’ve got yourself an awesome dipping sauce.

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Soba noodle salad with a light sesame dressing. Along with the noodles were crab and romaine lettuce. So light!

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Japanese version of Kimchi and picked cucumbers. Love the salty and sour of this combo. 🙂

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Rounding off the meal with this green!

Meat sweats for days.

During my trip to Cali, I had my fair share of Korean BBQ.  It was amazing!  These places are all-you-can eat, and I took full of advantage.  The menus are filled with all kinds of meats from Kobe beef to small intestines.  With the meat came all the ban chan (Korean side dishes) your heart desires.

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Huntington Beach location!

My friends wanted to take me to Gen’s Korean BBQ in Huntington Beach.  This place was great and had such a fun environment.  The service was awesome and quick!  Besides the loads of sirloin, we also tried the following: Hawaiian steak, garlic chicken with jalepeno cheese sauce, pork belly, and bulgogi.  The ban chan was also good and I loved all the different flavors.  I would hit this place again during my next visit.

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All the ban chan –Korean side dishes– we could eat! Never ending…

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Let the meat sweats begin. Sirloin. OMG.

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Round two. 🙂

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Round three?!

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This place is awesome!

Korea.

I make connections every day; it’s not hard for me.  However, for those connections to make it to the next level, well, that’s another story. 🙂  So when I met my friend, Sue, we connected instantly and I have enjoyed every conversation, meal, and just hanging out!  She and her family have welcomed me with open arms AND they enjoy food as much as I do.  I feel like we’ve known each other forever and I am so excited to meet such a great friend.  The first time I came over for dinner, Sue had made a huge Korean dinner.  There was Kalbi (marinated beef), kimchi, japchae, saam (lettuce wraps), and so much more.  We had a great time!

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Kimchi. Legit.

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Fried Mondu. Super legit.

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Kalbi. Legit would be a understatement.

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Japchae. The best.

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