• 1. What kind of food do I get?

    Have you heard about Bib Gourmand Michelin? It is an award given by Michelin Guide to affordable and quality eateries. In LA, we have a branch of a Bib Gourmand Michelin-awarded restaurant. The parent restaurant that received the Bib Gourmand Michelin award in 2017 and 2018 is in Seoul, Korea. It has been in operation since 1966 and serves hot noodles called “Kal-guk-su” and dumplings called “Man-doo.” Kal-guk-su seems unassuming but is packed with so much flavor. Steamed Man-doo has extremely thin skin, and yet contain substantial fillings with juice. You can also taste authentic Korean kimchi – both spicy and non-spicy white kimchi.

    Jjim-dak is Korean-style braised (called “Jjim”) chicken (called “dak”) marinated with a savory Korean soy sauce. Jjim-dak is believed to have originated in Andong, a city in Korea that is known as a center for folk traditions, and has been served as a specialty food among the wealthy. One of the ingredients that makes Jjim-dak special and quite addictive is the wide flat glass noodles. These super-sized glass noodles are made from sweet potatoes and are extremely chewy. They go well with the soft and well-seasoned chicken and add texture to the dish. Also, the restaurant has a unique Korean interior, which will make you feel like you are having Jjim-dak in Korea.

    Korean people love hot soups. They are staples to Korean meals and comfort food to most Korean people. One of the most popular Korean soups is an ox bone soup called “Sul-lung-tang.” It is served with beef brisket and other cuts and comes with thin flour noodles. The broth has a clean taste, and it is widely considered as one of the best hangover foods. You can also taste cubed radish kimchi called “Kkak-du-gi” which is a perfect pair with Sul-lung-tang.

    Traditionally, Korean people sit cross-legged on the wooden floor to eat and drink, and there is a café in LA that allows you to see and experience that traditional Korean floor seating. Teas and desserts are served on a wooden table and seating cushions are provided. Wooden blinds separate one table from another so that you can have privacy with your group. You can try a variety of Korean traditional teas, ranging from loose-leaf and green teas to roots, fruit and grains/nut-based teas as well as authentic traditional Korean cold drinks such as “Soo-jung-gwa” and “Shik-hae.”

    * If you would like to try Korean BBQ, we can substitute Bul-go-gi (beef) for Jjimdak (chicken). You can taste quintessential Bul-go-gi, which is specially marinated thinly-sliced beef, with a bowl of cold noodles for an additional cost of $20 per person.

    ** Please note that the menu is subject to change without notice.

  • 2. Is alcohol served during the tours?

    Alcohol is optional and available for an additional $12 to $15. Two of the most popular and well-known Korean alcoholic beverages are “Soju” and rice wine called “Mak-geol-li.” Soju is a clear and colorless beverage and contains 20-24 percent alcohol, whereas Mak-geol-li is a white milky drink and contains 6-8 percent alcohol. Rice is the main ingredient for both beverages. A bottle of soju contains 12 ounces, or 360 ml, of soju, and a bottle of Mak-geol-li has 25 ounces, or 750 ml.

  • 3. How long are the tours?

    Tours last about 3.5 hours. They are walking tours, and most restaurants are located within a 5 to 10 minute walking distance from each other. There is no walking uphill or downhill and all walking is on flat surfaces.

  • 4. What is the schedule of the tours?

    Tours are offered only on weekends and there is no tour on weekdays. Lunch tour normally starts at 11:30 a.m. and dinner tour starts 4 p.m. during the winter (October-February) and 5 p.m. during the summer (March-September). To get information on available ticket(s) for your desired tour date/time, please email us at hello@tasteofkoreala.com.

  • 5. Do you offer private tours?

    Yes, we do. For a group of 6 or more, we can arrange special private tours outside the regular tour schedule.

  • 6. How much food do I get?

    We make sure that you leave the tours feeling full so please come hungry!

  • 7. Where is the meeting point?

    We will meet in Koreatown. The exact meeting location will be in the email confirming your tour.

  • 8. Are the tours suitable for children or teenagers?

    The tours are designed to give you a holistic experience of Korean culture so you would not only taste Korean food but also learn about Korean culture and customs. So if you believe your children are too young or otherwise would not be interested in any part of the tours, it may not be a good idea to sign up for the tours with your children.

  • 9. How much are the tours?

    The tour is $69. If you would like to try Korean BBQ, we can substitute Bul-go-gi (beef) for Jjimdak (chicken). You can taste quintessential Bul-go-gi, which is specially marinated thinly-sliced beef, with a bowl of cold noodles for an additional cost of $20 per person.

    We do not offer a discount for children and teenagers, and everyone is required to purchase a full-priced ticket.

  • 10. How do I pay?

    We accept payment via major credit cards and PayPal, and we will send you a link to make payment. All payments must be in U.S. dollars.

  • 11. What is and isn’t included in the tour price?

    All food, except alcohol, and tips to restaurant servers are included. But tips to your tour guide are not included.

  • 12. Can you accommodate my dietary restrictions?

    Please send us an email to hello@tasteofkoreala.com with all your dietary restrictions, and we will let you know whether we can accommodate you or not. Please note that some of the ingredients may not be removed so we may not be able to accommodate your dietary restrictions.

  • 13. Can I cancel my reservation?

    We understand that things can change and therefore, we will gladly cancel your reservation. We ask you, however, to make all cancellation requests at least 3 days prior to the tour date. So, for Saturday tours, Tuesday midnight is the deadline and for Sunday tours, Wednesday midnight is the deadline. We will provide a full refund for all timely cancellation requests. Any cancellation request after the deadline will be prorated per the following refund policy, and the same refund policy applies to those who made a reservation after the cancellation deadline.

    Saturday Tours

    Tuesday

    Tues

    Wednesday

    Wed

    Thursday

    Thu

    Friday

    Fri

    Refund Percentage

    100%

    75%

    50%

    0%

    Refund

    $69

    $52

    $34.50

    $0

    With BBQ option

    $89

    $67

    $44.50

    $0

    Sunday Tours

    Wednesday

    Wed

    Thursday

    Thu

    Friday

    Fri

    Saturday

    Sat

    Refund Percentage

    100%

    75%

    50%

    0%

    Refund

    $69

    $52

    $34.50

    $0

    With BBQ option

    $89

    $67

    $44.50

    $0

  • 14. Can I change my reservation?

    We will be more than happy to change your reservation. To change your reservation, please let us know 48 hours in advance, which is no later than Wednesday midnight for Saturday tours and Thursday midnight for Sunday tours. There is no fee as long as you make a timely change request. However, if you do not make a timely request, we will charge a 50% change of reservation fee, and you will need to make an additional payment to rebook your tour ticket. You can reschedule your tour within 3 months and use the remaining balance. After 3 months, however, the balance expires and you will need to buy a new full-priced tour ticket.

  • 15. Why do I need to sign a release of liability form?

    We strive to provide a fun and tasty experience. It is possible, however, that you may experience stomach discomfort during and/or after the tours due to the fact that you are not used to having some of the ingredients used in Korean food. If you do, we are truly sorry about it and we will do everything we can to make you feel better. However, one thing we would not be able to do is to let you sue us and be forced to defend ourselves in court. Similarly, we hope you don’t trip and fall somewhere, or bump into something looking at your cellphone while walking, but if you do, that’s not our fault. So we ask you to sign a waiver and release of liability regarding any such things that might happen on or as a result of your participation in the tour. If you do not feel comfortable signing the waiver and release, we respect your decision but we won’t be able to provide tours for you.

  • 16. Got more questions?

    Please email us at hello@tasteofkoreala.com