When the temperature in LA does that thing where it’s 88 degrees every day for three months straight, go to Yu Chun. The tiny restaurant on Olympic has a menu full of different soups, dumplings, and galbi platters, but everyone here is eating the naengmyeon. It’s a giant bowl of cold kudzu noodles (cut with scissors by the waitress) chilling in an icy, vinegar-y broth filled with boiled beef, radishes, and sesame seeds. It’s an incredibly refreshing soup, and if you’re looking to add a little heat, there’s spicy mustard on the table.
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