On my last trip to LA, I went to check out the very 1st Korean BBQ Cook-off sponsored by Yelp. I have been to other BBQ cook-offs but I have never been to a KOREAN BBQ cook-off! I was so excited and I knew that it cook-off would be filled with delicious kalbi, bulgogi, kimchee and much more!
As we pulled into K-Town, I knew exactly where the cook-off was when I spotted a large cloud of smoke and I could smell the strong smell of Korean BBQ. This was the first Korean BBQ cook-off and I had only happened to hear about it through a friend’s post on Facebook. The cook-off was located on top of a two-story parking structure for an apartment building in LA’s K-town. The cook-off was packed with people!
I quickly scanned what kind of food people were holding. I was so excited to see grilled corn, shaved ice and plates full of kalbi. We jumped into one of the many lines that were forming around the lot. There were a bunch of volunteers and boy scouts helping to cook food and organize the event.
It was a hot day too and I’m sure the heat from the BBQ grills made it even more sticky and hot. We were able to pick up some yummy Aloe Mango drinks while we waited.
There was also a long line for grilled corn with butter. After we bought our grilled corn soaked in butter, we turned to the table filled with various toppings. We added chili powder, pepper and Parmesan cheese to ours. Too bad I added way too much chili powder on mine. It was so spicy that I couldn’t eat it. =(
After an hour of waiting in line, we finally got our food. The plate was $10 and included kalbi, rice, tofu, kimchee and pickled cucumbers…mmm…
It was definitely a great time to check out the Korean BBQ Cook-Off! I’m hoping I can make it the 2nd Annual Korean BBQ Cook-off….Next time, my goal is to get some shaved ice! See you guys there next year?