I love rain.
We get it so rarely in Southern California that nobody really minds all the traffic it generates (even though everyone still complains loudly about it). And we’re currently in the middle of the biggest storm we’ve seen ’round these parts in a while, so I’m pretty happy.
The only thing I love more than rain is sullungtang. Put the two together and you’ve got the best winter experience you can get in California.
Sullungtang is a hot Korean beef soup to which you add noodles, green onions, radish kimchi, and sea salt to taste.
But that description, while accurate, really doesn’t do justice to the dish. It’s just one of those things that doesn’t sound like much until you put it in your mouth and the heavens part and the angels sing and you wonder whether your life until then was real or just a dream because, sister, this is living.
That said, the portions are generous, and there’s really nothing better on a cold winter day, especially if it’s raining.
And Young Dong in Koreatown is hands-down the best sullungtang I’ve ever had. The broth is flavorful, the kimchi is amazing, and you can pick what kind of beef they put in it for you.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go daydream about the leftovers I’m eating for lunch tomorrow.
Young Dong Restaurant
3828 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010