Best Place to Cook Your Own Food

Koryo Ja Jang

There's plenty of great Korean food at this hidden treasure: $5 noodle dishes, giant jampong soup, fried dumplings, and more. But the special thing about Koryo that not many restaurant-goers know about is the personal grill that comes with the traditional gogi gui. For the barbecue lover in all of us, you'll get a Benihana-type hot plate with a metal grill above it. The dish is strips of raw beef, pork, and chicken that you can drape over the grill and wait for the satisfaction of the perfection in your cooking. An order of gogi comes with an assortment of dipping sauces and a plate of lettuce used to make your meat into finger-licking wraps. Order the green-onion salad, called Pajori, to accompany your dish and add flavor and color. A meal comes out to about $7 a person — not bad for a very filling dinner or lunch. Plus, you end up feeling like you've actually done something productive.
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