February 17, 2009

A Look at Two Korean BBQ places: Ong Ga Nae

I think this place deserves a shoutout...imo probably one of the best places to get some Korean BBQ in the area, if you're looking for quality meat. It is located in the plaza off Fairway and Colima where Happy Wok and Albertson's is.

Roasted Barley Tea.

Some of the panchan you get. Salad consisting of romaine lettuce and green onions to eat with your meat in a sort of asian vinaigrette. Steamed broccoli, fish cakes, soy bean sprouts. One nice thing you get here is geh jang, which is spicy raw crab that has a kind of gelatin-y texture to it, and you suck it all out.

Otherside of the table going bottom left counterclockwise. Kimchi, baby squid with some gochujang(spicy red pepper sauce), another type of kimchi, and a potato salad. Overall, the banchan is not bad here...above average than your standard Korean places.

The grills here are powered by gas, not charcoals.

Grillling some Galbi with oyster mushrooms and onions. The meat here is superior to many other places I've been to, and that difference in quality is definitely reflected in their prices. One order of galbi was around $25, and I'd say one order would feed about a little over 1 person. I was disappointed on this visit because their marinade wasn't very good, and for some reason or other reminded me of peanuts.

Some cold mool neng myun to eat after the meat. Chewy buckwheat noodles garnished with some sliced cucumbers, sliced beer, pickled radish, 1/2 a boiled egg and Korean pear. You also get some vinegar and mustard on the side to add to the vinegary broth. Ong Ga Nae's version here is good, but to be honest, I've never really been a big fan of neng myun.

For dessert, su jung gwa (a punch made with cinnamon, dried persimmons, ginger and sugar with a spicy kick) was served.

Service has been consistent for the most part. The ladies cook the meat for you in a brisk no nonsense sort of fashion. It does get busy here so if you want something, like more water or a refill on the banchan, you're going to have to ask (loudly) for it.

Ong Ga Nae
19745 E Colima Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Afterwards, we stopped by Pinkberry across the street and shared a shaved ice, which is hidden underneath all that chopped fruit of strawberries, pineapple and kiwi along side some mochi topped with a good dollop of their original yogurt. The ice below was flavored with some condensed milk, which was a bit watered down. It was a good size for 4 people to share without getting too full.

19756 Colima Rd Ste A
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Next post will take a look at an AYCE Korean BBQ place

7 rah rah rahs:

KirkK said...

Hey Sawyer - Looks good. How long has the place been there, because I don't remember it being around when we lived in the area.

Christine said...

my mouth is watering...the galbi does look pretty good.

Sawyer said...

Hey kirk, it's been there for a couple of years. the same owners of ong go jeep on colima next in the alleyway next to greenland's korean market opened it up a couple years after ong go jeep, so it's relatively new to the area.

christine, where are we going next? i was thinking today that a trip to the twisted vine would be nice sometime

shavedicesundays said...

wanderingchopsticks mentioned this place was quite good too, so I'll have to check it out. I've been looking for a place that serves the blue crab in their panchan for a long time.

Christine said...

For a second I was like, who the heck is Sawyer?!

I was thinking we should get pizza next time. A really freaking bomb diggity pizza place that also serves ice cold beer fresh from the tap. I really like New York-style pizza. Any suggestions?

And yes, a wine tasting trip is a must among any person in their mid-twenties or mid-thirties. That is in my list of things to do.

shavedicesundays said...

Are you a lostie?

Sawyer said...

hehe you got me SIS

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