Thanks to Kang Ho Dong Baek Jeong, the barbecue scene has maintained steady in Koreatown despite sky-high beef prices and plenty of competition. And it hasn't stopped some concepts seemingly straight from the motherland from popping up in town recently, such as Gwang Yang BBQ, which had a hefty nod in the LA Times yesterday, and now Jjukku Jjukku, a nonsensically named place (pronounced tchoo-koo tchoo-koo) that specializes in high end meat. Except that the place looks like two dozen other barbecue spots in Hongdae, a popular college and nightlife area in Seoul.
Like Hang Ho Dong Baek Jeong, low-flung tables circle around a small grated grill, with banchan placed in metal bowls instead of the white plastic ones found at other places. Early Yelpage has been very positive, leading one to believe that this might provide healthy (well, not in the salutary sense) competition to Kang Ho Dong's dominance just a block away. While in Hongdae, most places would specialize in pork cuts, Jjukku Jjukku has a slew of unfrozen, high-quality beef alongside the porcine picks.
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