Hobak Korean BBQ

Hobak Korean BBQ
5808 Spring Mountain Rd #101
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 257-1526
http://hobakfamilyusa.com/

FINALLY.

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FINALLY, a Korean BBQ joint that can be on par with K-town restaurants on LA. We were blown away by the quality of meats and the super attentive level of service. As of this past Sunday, our server said they were about 10 days old.

Hobak is legit. Straight from Korea, and Las Vegas is lucky to have it’s first location.

The eating experience was fantastic. They already had all the panchan set up and the charcoal grills already rip-roaring. Yes, I said charcoal – real charcoal. During our entire meal, staff would continually pass by to make sure our meat was perfectly cooked, side dishes and drinks continually filled and addressed. We had one main girl, but they seemed to rotate as well.

We chose the Hobak Family Combo that gave us a taste of both beef and pork cuts. All were amazingly delicious and tender, but our definite fave was the short rib cut. You know when you’re eating the traditional short rib with the bone and trying oh-so-hard to still look civilized while gnawing on the bone? Well, in their version, all the bone has been removed, it is lightly marinated and so, so tender. No more viciously trying to pull the bone off and/or trying daintily to chew. Hobak’s meat is THAT gooooood.

Conclusion: Don’t ya’ll go there all at once. Let this be my secret spot for just a bit. 😉

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K-Bop

K-Bop
4235 S Fort Apache Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89147
Phone number (702) 740-5267
k-bop.com

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K-Bop has always piqued my interest whenever I drove by their sign heading home from work, so when I was invited by K-Bop recently to try them out, the invitation was the impetus to finally make me go!

Walking into K-Bop, I could see what June the owner was going for. It’s a hip, clean yet relaxed atmosphere with a modern yet still familiar twist on Korean food.

We started off with complimentary deep fried wonton strips which were lightly sweetened with a sprinkle of granulated sugar. I’m not one of those people to start with dessert for dinner, but these were delicious! It reminded me of cinnamon toast waffle cereal without the sugar overload. Out came the kimchi fried rice with a golden yolky egg plopped right on top. The kimchi flavor embedded throughout the rice had the right level of tangy, but I felt that it lacked some of that “wok hei” that accompanies Cantonese style fried rice. Is it wrong to expect that with Korean style fried rice? Of course accompanying everything came banchan/panchan on a 9-well plate. Now let me say this – it is rare that I enjoy every single banchan, but I did not have complaints of the nine out of nine. Still, the best was the kimchi, tangy, crunchy, fermented long enough and spicy. Our last appetizer was the half order of potstickers that comes with a Yelp check in. The wonton wrapper was crispy and the filling nice was a nice and savory mix of meat and vegetables.

kimchi_fried_rice banchan potstickers

Next came a slew of savory main dishes for our piggy selves – we always go overboard, but why not when you’re at a new restaurant? It’s impossible to form an educated opinion on just a few dishes. Spam Musubi came with a nice surprise of fried egg layer inside. Remember to eat it quickly or the seaweed will get soggy from the heat. The Kimchi dumpling stew of course floated my boat because of the quality of kimchi, and who can say no to a comforting stew? Kalbi was a bit too sweet for my tastes, but the pork belly bo ssam was indulgent. The unctuous pork belly was balanced out with the fresh greens and dipping sauce. The finally savory dish was a sizzling hot platter of stir fried chicken gizzards. Gizzards sounds gross to the average American, but growing up on chicken feet and pig’s blood, gizzards don’t scare me! In fact, this was a good compliment to our fluffy side of rice.

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We had a nice spread of dessert of caramel flan, tempura icecream and deep fried oreos, but my favorite of the three was definitely the deep fried oreos. Something about the batter and frying process renders the cookie layer to be more of a cakey texture, and I’m a sucker for cake!

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Conclusion: Though to be honest K-town in LA is always being better in taste, June serves a great variety of traditional dishes in a very nice modern atmosphere. I can see what she had in mind when designing the place and naming it for korean tapas. K-Bop is NOT K-town. Instead, it’s a whole new niche in Vegas – a hip place to hang out drink and munch on small Korean style dishes. (As a disclaimer, we did pay for our meal, but June was nice enough to let us try their stir fry chicken gizzard and an array of complimentary desserts.)

Soyo!

Soyo Korean Barstaurant
7775 S. Rainbow Blvd
Ste 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 897-7696

I think that I came out a happy camper with Soyo not because they have amazing food, but because it is what it is. It’s a great place to hang out, have drinks and have some decent korean bar food from early in the evening to LATE at night. For those who hang out in el-Lay know what I mean. Good ‘ol soups, stews, finger foods and sausage (blood/intestine).

Food wise…
1. Chicken wings with special sauce – deep fried wings drenched in a gojuchang mixture. it was sweet, spicy and satisfying. who can turn down wings?
2. korean sausages – this is not the typical meat sausage. this is made of blood\vermicelli/intestine. yum yum
3. fish cake soup – thin slices of fish cakes with hearty broth
4. stew/jigae of rice cakes, veggies/kimchi and instant noodles – appetizing hearty stew at any time of day!
5. Chicken gizzard and garlic – something about the bouncy yet crunchy texture that I can’t turn down and whole cloves of garlic are always my friend

Korean sausages by cravingsofafatgirl Chicken Gizzard and garlic by cravingsofafatgirl Chicken wings and special sauce by cravingsofafatgirl Vegetable, seafood and rice cake jigae by cravingsofafatgirl

Conclusion: Fun times and fun food. I’m going back! 3.5 beeps for food. 4 for overall experience.

Well Being in the Box

Well Being in the Box
2555 S Jones Blvd #3
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 253-5222

What a surprising location for a Korean/Sushi restaurant, and we were pleasantly surprised. Tucked behind popeyes and a gas station, you would’ve never guessed that a mom/pop Korean restaurant would be located there.

We came here for dinner and here’s what we tried
1. Spicy seafood noodles (naeng myun) *supposed to come with free sake – Refreshing and spicy chewy cold noodles. Just what we needed for a hot summer night. We were slightly disappointed that we didn’t get our free sake, but at the same time, we didn’t bother asking, again.
2. Bulgogi box – Unique set up in a Japanese Bento box. It had macaroni salad, salad, california roll and white rice to accompany the bulgogi on the side on a sizzling platter. The bulgogi was pretty tasty and I did not mind the extra peppery taste at all.
3. Deep fried soft shell crab – crunchy and tasty with a drizzle of Japanese mayo?
4. Pan chan – actually kind of disappointed with the quality of pan chan. The pickled radish was too soy-sauced and tangy. The onion/omelette triangles were bland. The so-called kimchi was just iceberg lettuce tossed in korean chili paste (kochujang).

Pan chan - egg onion omelette by cravingsofafatgirl Spicy seafood noodle by cravingsofafatgirl Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab by cravingsofafatgirl Bulgogi box dinner set by cravingsofafatgirl

Conclusion: It’s a very cute hole-in-the wall for quick Korean food without having to go all the way to Chinatown. The down side is that there are no ji gaes and the pan chan is mediocre at best. 3/5 beeps

Korean Food Court

Island Stely Restaurants #2
6850 Spring Mtn Rd
Las Vegas NV 89146
(702) 443-7846

Craving some cold noodles for a hot day in Vegas, we ventured into the Korean food court in Greenland Market. I found my Mul Naeng Myun at “Island Stely Restaurant” (Copied spelling directly from the receipt ^_^*) and ordered it.

I think compared to other diluted broths at other Korean restaurants in the valley such as DJK and Mother’s, this Korean Cold Noodle (Mul Naeng Myun) was the best yet. However, keep in mind that we’re still in Vegas. The broth could still use some work when compared to what I had in K-Town. With those thoughts aside, the ice cold noodles were chewy and refreshing, and combine it with the crunchy, garlicky pickled vegetables and cold broth. Pretty decent, I must say. The panchan of kimchi (daikon and napa cabbage) was also well prepared. Can’t turn down garlicky panchan! Another plus, we could help ourselves to unlimited free barley tea!

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Conclusion: This place will do for my mul naeng myun fix, and we don’t have to drive all the way to Chinatown. 3/5 beeperoos.

Sura (was SuLa) BBQ Buffet

Sula BBQ Buffet
4480 Spring Mountain Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 365-9888

Their meat is good and decently marinated just wish they had more variety of panchan.
Sula BBQ Buffet
Recommend: Kalbi, bulgogi
Conclusion: average korean bbq, not bad for AYCE in Vegas. it ain’t no k-town, so don’t expect too much.

Tres Tacos Weekend

Taco Day #1
So, we got into LA Saturday night and headed straight to Alibi Room for Kogi Tacos!
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Three tacos – short rib(beef), pork and chicken? Warm corn tortillas filled with the tasty marinated meat, lettuce and spicy tangy sauce! It was everything I imagined them to be! Not a weird combo at all! Short Rib Sliders – didn’t personally get to taste them, but the friends did approve unanimously.
(Sadly, We didn’t get to try the lotus chips that night, but I hear that those are quite tasty, too!) The kimchi quesadilla was good, but the tacos were definitely the best. We probably ordered 20 tacos total?

Behold, the drool worthy pics, taken by B!
Alibi Room by benyeh2 Kogi Truck by benyeh2 Kogi Tacos by benyeh2 Kimchi Quesadillas by benyeh2 Sliders by benyeh2

Taco Day #2
King Taco in El Monte, CA… I brought my camera to the ghetto. Good thing it didn’t get jacked… hahahahah

Carnitas, Carne Asada and Pollo tacos in warm corn tortilla! Juicy and Tasty! The secret fourth taco, we tried the lengua…. oh yea…. THIS IS THE TACO TO GET. Super duper Tender! SO flavorful! Carnitas came a close 2nd to the lengua. It’s greasiness combined with the marinated flavor went down into my tummy in lightning speed. Put some of their hot sauce and green chili salsa on top – NOM NOM NOM!

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won mi… make me wonna eat!

won mi.
(in the cathay house plaza)
5300 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
*drum rollllllllll*

[UPDATE: 2014.07 This location is now Hiromaru Ramen]

[UPDATE: 2013.10.15 This location is now the delicious Cafe De Japon. Omurice and fantastic curry.]

[UPDATE: 2010.10.26 I believe this location has been renamed to Fusion Food. I haven’t been back since it changed names….. oh noes….]

best panchan in vegas so far! lots of variety and good flavors (daikon, kimchi, sardines, bean sprouts, broccoli, potato, um… *scratching head…lots!!)

their standard fair korean food isn’t too bad either. just don’t compare it to k-town. u just can’t.

p.s. please, try it out. they must have very bad pr/advertising because we were the only guests on sunday at 630 pm. (shhhh… for us being the only couple there, they also have kind of bad service, too) i don’t want the best panchan place to go out of business!!!