Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong Korean BBQ

photo of the outside of Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong Korean BBQA few months ago, my friends took me to Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong and it’s now my favorite Korean BBQ spot. The popular Korean BBQ restaurant chain is owned by Kang Ho Dong, a South Korean celebrity and former wrestler and the chain has been well received by food critics and the public. In the US, it has locations in Los Angeles and New York.

When you sit down, there are already some basic complimentary banchan dishes placed at your table. These includes kimchi, pickled daikon, bean sprout salad, and more. I didn’t take photos of all of them, but there is quite a large variety and you can see the photos on their website.
photo of the table grill with meat cooking on it
One thing you’ll notice right away, is the moat that surrounds the grill in the middle of your table. This is possibly my favorite part of the experience. This area surrounding the grill is divided into compartments which they add different items to: raw egg batter, cheese corn, and vegetables. As your grill heats up and starts cooking the meat, it also cooks the food inside each of the cavities. The meat juices also drip down into these cavities, creating some deliciously flavorful cooked egg, melty cheese corn, etc.  Genius!
photo of the corn cheese in the moat around the grill
It’s not all-you-can-eat here. Instead, you order off a menu. The most popular items to get are the meat combo sets, which can feed a few people. We ordered a small beef combo and small pork combo and it was enough to feed our group of five. Free with the combination are even more premium banchan dishes including steamed egg, cheese corn, soybean paste stew or kimchi stew.
photo of thinly sliced raw meatphoto of three different platters of meat
The meat quality is noticeably better than what you’ll find at the AYCE restaurants. The servers also cook everything for you, so you don’t have to do anything. They switch out the grids often, using different ones for different cuts of meat.
photo of meat cooking on a grillphoto of beef cooking on the grillphoto of pork cooking on a the grill
We also ordered a shaken dosirak. It’s basically a Korean-style lunch box with rice, meat, kimchi and egg. It’s brought out and shaken in front of you before serving.

Pre-shake:
close up photo of shaken dosirak
Post-shake:
photo of the shaken shaken dosirak

I enjoyed eating the meat selection we had, but what I really loved were the sides. photo of soybean stewI ate a lot of the soybean stew, tofu, and other side dishes, but my absolute favorite was the cheese corn. I’ve had cheese corn at other Korean BBQ restaurants, but never quite like this. Because it’s in that moat area, it stays hot and melty throughout your entire meal, as well as taking in all the flavors from the meat. I couldn’t get enough of this stuff!photo of chopsticks pulling up some cheese cornI’ve seen some people dump out some of the other compartments so that they can double up or triple up on the corn. I might do that next time as I didn’t really need the grilled vegetables and our egg didn’t cook evenly.

Overall, we had a great meal here and I usually don’t get excited over Korean BBQ, but I really enjoyed this place. They don’t take reservations so it’s best to get here early or be prepared for a long wait. The most popular location in LA is the one in Koreatown. We actually went to the one in Rowland Heights, which wasn’t as bad of a wait.

Menu:
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Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong Korean BBQ
Multiple locations
18900 E Gale Ave
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

4 comments on “Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong Korean BBQ”

  1. They also have a location in Buena Park, California close to Knott’s Berry Farm in northern Orange County. I totally agree that I love their sides.

  2. Eeep you guys finally visited! This is definitely my favorite kbbq ever. I’ve been to all the US locations except the Rowland Heights one lol…

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