A meating of mouths at the 2nd Annual Korean BBQ Cook-Off
Last year's inaugural Korean BBQ Cook-Off drew more than 10,000 meat lovers to its many sweltering grills. This year the meat is off the hook yet again as the Korean American Coalition (along with Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr. and Councilman Tom LaBonge) gears up for the festival's second go-around Saturday. This time with an all-star cast of judges including L.A. Weekly's Jonathan Gold, L.A.'s reigning king of elite pop-up restaurants Ludo Lefebvre and "Grey's Anatomy" star Sandra Oh.
The restaurants and vendors on the bill are nothing to laugh at either. Soowon Galbi, O Dae San, Byul Gobchang, Hamji Park and BCD Tofu House are all on the list. Judges will score points and anoint winners in the following categories: L.A. galbi (marinated bone-in beef ribs), galbi (marinated bone-out beef ribs), pork ribs and bulgogi (marinated sliced sirloin). There will also be a soju mix-off and an all-you-can-eat contest.
The event is free, so you'll have plenty of extra change to sample all the smoky goodness and to grab a glass of beer or soju in the beer garden. And take note: If you ride your bike (all the better to burn off the extra calories on the way home), you can take advantage of the free bike valet service offered by Flying Pigeon LA.
The event takes place in the upper parking lot of 3600 Wilshire building, located at (yes) 3600 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Sampler plates, beer and soju, $5 each (cash only). www.kbbqcookoff.com. Click here for the Facebook page.
-- Jessica Gelt
Photos: Korean American Coalition