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Kang Hodong Baekjeong
Kang Hodong Baekjeong

Kang Hodong Baekjeong

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3465 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 384-9678
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Good quality Korean bbq that is not AYCE. The pork neck is delicious and the beef is very tender. The sides are very good as well. Parking may be a bit difficult for dinner and ... Read more
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Good korean bbq in LA owned by some Korean star. it's very crowded during lunch time.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Good quality Korean bbq that is not AYCE. The pork neck is delicious and the beef is very tender. The sides are very good as well. Parking may be a bit difficult for dinner and weekends.

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Millbrae, California

Great service, and excellent beef. Interestingly I have never been to a restaurant with more than two Korean beers and they had four. Worth the money.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

The food was good although I couldn't tell the difference from any other Korean bbq spot. The side dishes were good and I enjoyed the loud bumping music in the background which made the vibe more lively. Seems like the place targets a younger crowd.

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Shoreline, Washington, USA

Oh my, you can't go wrong with kbbq in LA! I liked this place because the servers will cook the meat for you, and you sit back, relax, and enjoy your time. Service was great, because your server will check back often to flip the meat. The meat was delicious, melt in your mouth. Throughly enjoyed the experience. Also, expect a wait of at least half hour!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

ONE OF MY FAVORITE KBBQ SPOT!

RIB EYE. The BEST.
The house sauce? HEAVEN.

I've been here so many times and the flavor is ALWAYS consistent!

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San Jose, California, USA

K-BBQ is on point! Best I've had outside Korea. Get the meat combo (rib eye is to die for) + lunchbox + frozen soju!

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San Francisco, California, USA

Meat Fest. No...meat feast! At Kang Hong's Baekjeong. Theres always a line and a crowd and thats only because this place is really that good!

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Kirkland, Washington

Great Korean BBQ place. Parking is a little tough, so you might need to search the streets a couple blocks away. Also there is always a huge line, expect an hour or two wait. Unfortunately there are no reservations. Once inside, the service is excellent. The servers are proactive in refilling the cold tea, the sidedishes, the egg and corn cooking on the side of the grill, and they also do all the cooking for you. The meat is a little pricey, but decent portions and tasty cuts. They have combos for beef or pork, which let you sample a good variety of cuts, but not all of them. Liked their beef outer skirt, which was juicy. And the lunch box. Basically a poor man's bibimbap. They have rice, kimchi, eggs, and other stuff in a tin box which they shake up for you.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

I came here on a Saturday night with a moderately large group of 7. Big mistake to not come earlier. The guy told me the wait was an hour, but it turned out to be two.

When we did get seated, we ordered a small beef combo, and a large pork combo. Tons of food showed up. The banchan was good, but only there to tide us over for the meat feast we were about to partake.

Do yourselves a favor. Skip the beef. It's good here, but it seems about the same as some of the other KBBQ places I've been to, and it's more expensive than the pork. The pork here is king. Plentiful, and just really good. I'm not sure if it's their secret dipping sauce, or just the flavors when mixed in the salad, or that egg ring thing with the corn and cheese, it's just all really tasty.

I can see why this is one of the top restaurants in LA on Jonathan Gold's radar.

I'm giving it four stars not because of the wait (which you will do plenty of if you don't come early or call ahead for a reservation), but because that beef was ho hum compared to the rest of the meal.

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London, UK

One of the best Korean BBQ I've ever had in US. Like all the great restaurant I recommended, the waiting time is crazy long, we got there at 6 which it's pretty early for dinner, but we still waited about 1.5 hours. The foods are very delicious, and services are great, they will help you cook the meat. We had a beef small combo that says for 2 people. We barely finished all the meat, so if you go there with only one or two friends, you should only order probably 2 or 3 dishes. Overall that's a great restaurant, if the waiting time can be shorter, it would be even better, but the food will make all the waiting time acceptable.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

Great to have a beer/margarita at the bar, meat quality I hear is amazing. Come late and eat good quality food but a little high on the food end. Its not ayce but it's around $25 starting for two people and can get more of you are a big eater. Parking gets pretty packed for valet and good luck in finding street parking on weekend nights.

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Local from Los Angeles, California
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Best Korean BBQ ever. Order pork combo if you like pork and have 3-5 ppl. They have waiter and waitress serving you BBQ. You don't need to do it yourself. Salad, appetizer and soup will come with the combo. Just always long line. It's better to write down your name first and hang out somewhere. Usually take 1.5-2 hrs for dinner time. Lunch will be less ppl.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Oh man, a NOT All-You-Can-Eat KBBQ place that is still as awesome as AYCE. And it is as good as they say it is.

I ordered the Pork Combo. It's a lot more worth it than just picking 2 orders, since that's the minimum requirement.

The Pork Belly was pretty good and tender. But I've had pork belly bbq at the 8 Flavors KBBQ place, and that was still my favorite. However, this is still pretty good. You just don't get the different flavors like that at 8 Flavors. The pork jowl and pork collar was a lot better than the belly. However, because of the long 1.5 hour wait, we decided to go to Toe Bang before to kill time, so by the time we finished our pork belly, we were so full that we couldn't finish it.

Let me suggest you come with at least 4 people. With 2 people, you won't finish because they give so much meat. We also ordered the steamed egg. It looked small in the picture, but it's actually a really huge bowl. It's like double the size of what it normally comes in at other restaurants. The only bad thing about it is that they burned the bottom, but if you don't scrap the bowl, then it's fine.

Service was great. They cook the meat for you, so you never really have to do anything. They even cooked our pork jowl and pork collar for us, even though we wanted it packed to go, since we were so full.

Price is pretty much what you would pay at an AYCE place, but for the amount of food you get, it pretty much evens out. The thing is, you won't really get to stay long here because there's always people waiting. So they will cook as fast as possible for you so they can kick you out.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

This restaurant was rated as one of the top 3 Korean BBQ restaurants in Los Angeles; if you want the best meat quality and service then look no further. Expect to pay more due to their use of top quality meats. The Bachan was not top notch but, definitely not bad. The grill is using charcoal instead of gas!

[Food] - Only ordered 2 meats since the party wasn't in the mood for a lot of meat.

Prime Boneless Short Ribs $25.99 - Their short ribs blow away any other ribs I have eaten in all other restaurants. Every piece was juicy and cut perfectly with nice marbling throughout, now that's what prime meat should look and taste like. Theirs was not frozen at all.

Seared Pork Belly $18.99 - This pork belly tasted so delicious without the need to add any sauce; it was so flavorful.

Kimchi Fried Rice $6.99 - Skip this one since you'd enjoy a much better version elsewhere.

[Parking] - Just like most KBBQ places you have to stick with their valet parking, which is only $2 with validation. Street parking is very hard to find even on a weekday.

[Décor]- Nothing fancy here, no TV and the restroom can only occupy one person at a time.

[Service] - Top notch Almost all the cooking was done by the servers which is rare in most KBBQ places.

[Tips] - This place's entrance is in the valet parking section, you can't get to the restaurant from the street.

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Sunnyvale, California, USA
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This place is at the top of my list for LA KBBQ! I went to school in LA, but now live up north, so I was so jealous of my friends when I heard about this spot opening and after seeing their photos. The spot is named after Kang Ho-Dong, a Korean wrestler and now comedian/entertainer. You'll see his likeliness outside the front door.

Parking...good luck, as with any spot in Downtown, hah. We got lucky and parked along the street (2 hour metered parking) and walked a block or two. The parking lot in this plaza is a bit small.

The inside is pretty big, so it can probably get really crowded during prime meal times. Friday lunch wasn't bad at all, only about half full. Their table set-up is different here -- there's a ring around the edge of the grill where they pour in egg mix to make scrambled egg, cook your veggies, and kimchi. The waiters here came over regularly to check on our meat for us and to cut it up. The paper where your spoon and chopsticks are tell you how to eat here just in case -- eat your meat with the salad and mix in the wasabi with the baekjeong secret house sauce for dipping. Another unique item among the banchan -- the gochujang (chilled pickled radish broth) and pajeon (Korean pancake) that you can heat up on the grill!

I liked everything we had for lunch: the special marinated short ribs, pork belly, and brisket!

FYI: NOT AYCE! With that being said, you'll probably spend more here (~$20-30/person depending on how much you can eat), but the price is worth the quality meat! It's a great spot to get together with 2-3 friends and get some soju with your meal :)

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Local from West Covina

I've had plenty of Korean BBQ places in my days, and trust me when I say, this is the BEST KOREAN BBQ place EVER! Before I had Kang Hodong Baekjeong, I was all into the whole AYCE scene. After having this place, game over, hands down the best KBBQ!

There's two types of combos to get, either beef or pork. I opted for the pork since I read and heard so much about their pork neck. I was definitely NOT disappointed. The pork neck was so tender and soft. If there was no other meat being ordered I would've ordered another order of pork neck. Next was the pork belly, that was really good too but not as good as the pork belly I had at 8 flavors. Finally the marinated short rib, amazing. Perfectly marinated! Just don't cook it too long cause then it gets dry.

Parking is available on the streets, but if you can't find parking just park in the plaza for $2 valet! The place might have a long wait, but it was definitely worth the wait. I'm glad I came on Christmas day so the wait was only 30 mins. The damage came out to be about 50 for 2 people with the small pork combo. I'll definitely come back to try the beef combo!

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Orange County, CA

One of the better KBBQ places I've ever been to. There was a line at 11:15 am on Easter morning and they opened at 11:30 am. The place is not AYCE. You order off of the menu whatever you want. Jonathan Z. and Grace C., joined me for brunch. Grace ordered the 3-4 person combo ($89) for the 3 of us. The quality of the meat was excellent. We had brisket, short rib, marinated short rib, soup, rice, lettuce salad, and baekjeong salad.

They had kim chi set out for us as well as egg in a side pan that cooked from the heat of the grill. What I found to be really strange was the corn with shredded cheese. My friend who is Korean-American said that she'd never seen anything like that at a KBBQ place either. We received the soup before the meat came out but that's ok. I did notice that all the other tables had received their meats before us but maybe that's because we had just ordered. The servers do cook for you. If you're flipping something over or trying to cut it, if one of them walks by, they will take the tongs and scissors from you to help. That's a nice extra service that they offer. There's a bell you can ring should you need service immediately but it seems that they walk by often enough that you don't need it.

We had to ask for sesame oil for the salt. I guess it's not something they put out but you can ask for it. Grace asked for another bowl of rice and was told that we'd be charged for it. But when the bill came out they had forgotten about her extra rice. We had asked for extra bowls to divide the soup into but that never came and I felt bad about sipping the soup with my spoon when we could have been sharing it. Turns out I liked the soup better than the rest of the group because it was spicy. Win for me.

My favorite meats were the short rib and marinated short rib. It was wonderfully marbled. They also switched the grate quite often. They had a wire one for the fattier, thicker cuts and a flat, slotted grate for the brisket. They also had 2 pieces of charcoal in with the fire so that even though we used a gas burner, the meat was still enhanced with a little charcoal smoke. I enjoyed the house sauce that had bits of onion, jalapeno, and wasabi in it. The baekjeong salad was interesting too. It was full of hot sauce which was great. The dining experience here is pretty much what you'd expect from KBBQ. The quality of the meat was probably the best part of the meal. They don't take reservations and there probably will be a wait if you go on the weekends or during prime dinner time. It's only worth the wait if you think it is. That's why we went when it opened. 4.5 stars.

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Local from City of Industry, California, USA

Talk about popular.

So this is actually a chain from Korea owned by a pretty famous Korean comedian. This is not AYCE, but I would say there were 3 of us, and the 3-4 person combo (large size) as just right for us actually.

We got there at 1115am, they open at 1130. There was ALREADY a line. There is self parking, but keep in mind, we were there early on a Sunday. It's a tiny lot that they share with other businesses, so I'm sure there is valet in the prime dinner times. The location is also easy to miss since there really isn't any sign on 6th street to tip you off that this place is even here, and the entrance is off of the parking lot in the back.

The meat was delicious. You can choose the beef combo, the pork combo or order ala carte. We got the beef combo since I don't eat pork (sorry friends!). The beef combo comes with galbi, brisket and a non-marinated rib meat from what I remember reading. The quality of the meat was great. Totally worth the money. It also comes with a choice of either dengjang or kimchi soup.

There were no rice wraps and the banchan was only a few - a potato pancake, kimchi, mool kimchi, salad, bean sprouts, egg (in the pan - which we couldn't figure out what it was until it was cooked!), corn/cheese and some random peppers and onions. The sauce for the meat is actually quite tasty as well. I actually took the onions that had been sitting in that sauce and put it on the grill. Yum.

Price was pretty par with getting Korean BBQ at most places that aren't AYCE, came out to about 30-35 / person after tax and tip for the large combo for three of us.

Seating is different. There are tables that have just stools, and not chairs with backs, but there are tables with chairs that have backs. It's a mix. There is also seating outside in a covered patio area. Overall it's a rather small place, so seeing that it's popular, I can see how the lines can be long.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

That actually says a lot because 'round these Ktown parts, KBBQ is the most known food culture. With that said, I'm also no stranger to KBBQ. The line on a Friday night was absurd. Reservations are not taken here, so the queue outside will typically take 30 - 60 mins. I don't think I've ever seen this place without a line. Our party of 10 had to be split up to 2 separate round tables, but looking around, big groups larger than 5 will probably not work well here.

-=-FOOD-=- The big difference here from most is that the meat is not bottomless. The whole table shares ordered plates, so for a full party of 5, you might be able to try about 3 different meat varieties. That's fine and dandy, because in the end we were all satisfied anyway with an average price around $30pp. A unique element that they do here is round the hot plate with beated eggs, and cheese corn. While you may not get your meat fill, you can certainly make up in eggs and corn since they will refill that for you. I cannot honestly say that the meat quality here was above other places, but with my brisket and pork bellies, I left plenty satisfied.

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