I'm sure all you asians will be like, no shit, whitey... but holy fuck. So I have a lot of chef friends who are still very active and I was at a restaurant opening a while ago where a friend of a formerly very hot LA spot and of former NY fame opened up a place and after service on family/friends night we were just bitching on and on about how bad korean food is in LA, despite people saying it's great. So a quiet little commis comes out of the kitchen, and one of the guys kind of rags on him because his parents run a fairly well known place in K-town that we've all eaten at and can't totally get why people think it's good. Well, he very nicely offered to have us over for dinner. The place we were referring to is known for galbi jim, and while it's better than most K-town joints, it still makes me think that korean people's palates are fucked and that their expectations are low. This was not the first time home cooking has blown my mind, but I had similar versions of things in the restaurant and it was so much better. Basically they explain to me that korean people don't care what other people eat, and when they cook for themselves, it's much better. I've experienced this a few times and I truly believe the only good korean food is what you find in homes. I find this less often with Japanese and very very often with chinese foods. I used to hate chinese food and then I started having a lot of good meals around LA and in homes once I met a lot of chinese cooks who worked for friends of mine. It's a very interesting food culture, because a lot of these people who go eat in restaurants are used to having so much better at home. I'm now dating a korean girl who says that you go out for certain things but almost anyone's grandma can make it better, and she thinks the koreans who say the korean food is better than in Seoul have just never really been there. Doesn't surprise me. I'd also like to know, how do you asian people buy your noodles? Which do you buy fresh, and which do you buy in dried form? That's interesting to me. Do any of you source hand pulled noodles?