Koreatown: Bossam at Hangari Bajirak Kalguksu
When my friend mentioned she wanted to go get kalguksu (hand cut noodles), I was was immediately in! We went to Hangari Bajirak Kalguksu which I’ve never been to as the line has always been so long. However, on this evening, it seemed everyone was next door and we lucked out with getting a table immediately.
For the five of us, we ordered the chicken noodle soup, bossam (pork wraps), mandu (dumplings), and tteodokki (rice cakes). Before the food came, we loaded up on the banchan. One of the girls showed me how to eat the barley rice which you add in some of the greens including the liquid and the provided sauce — a mixture of super finely diced jalepeno, sesame, red pepper paste and you could consider this the mother sauce.
While I like the bossam at Jun Won, the pork at Hangari was so tender! This might be my new fave bossam spot!
First you find a nice piece of napa cabbage, lay in your pork and add in the kimchi, garlic and jalepeno if you want. Wrap it up and enjoy!
Of course the main event were the hand cut noodles. We opted to keep to a clean broth and didn’t get it spicy. I loved the potato and squash in the soup! And the noodles had the right amount of chew.
If you didn’t get enough dumplings in the soup, order a round of mandu. These were pork based and really good.
I didn’t even realize we also ordered tteobokki which are Korean rice cakes. This came with fish cake.
It was a filling meal which we needed for another fun Ktown night around town!
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