June 10, 2011

Chung Kiwa

Summertime means many things for different people.  For Americans, it often means BBQs.  For Koreans, it often means naeng myun (냉면) time!  Mool naeng myun is especially popular during the summers because of the overall lightness of the dish.  This popular Korean buckwheat noodle dish is typically served in a large stainless steel bowl full of iced flavored broth, julienned cucumbers, slices of cold broiled beefs, slices of sweet Korean pear, and a half of a hard-boiled egg.  Make sure you ask for the long noodles to be cut before consumption, and make sure you chew thoroughly!  You don't want to choke and die from eating the long noodles that represent longevity of life and good health.

I wouldn't say Chung Ki Wa is my favorite naeng myun jip in LA, but it's certainly where I end up to eat it - mainly because I think it's my best friend's go-to naeng myun place.

Chung Kiwa is clean; service is attentive (for a Korean place); and the mool naeng myun is generally good.  They serve other Korean dishes as well, including other types of naeng myun (you can get it in a cold broth, spicy, or with seafood), but I always get the mool naeng myun here so I can't vouch for anything else.  What I especially love is that they serve yook soo (beef broth tea) - mmm.

Kalbi from the Kalbi/ Naeng Myun Combo

Drizzle on some vinegar and hot mustard and happily consume this refreshing dish!

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cuisine: Korean
location: Koreatown, Los Angeles
hours:  M-Sun: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
website: { yelp }
attire: Casual 
parking: Street parking or small parking lot