Revisiting a Review: Myung Dong Kal Guk Su

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Edwin Goei

For months now, Myung Dong Kal Guk Su, the Korean knife-cut noodle peddler, has been doing fine at the location previously occupied by Jamillah Garden in Tustin. But recently in an effort to reel in more customers, they installed a banner advertising a lunch special that played fast and loose on what they actually served. "Chicken Soup with Pasta for $7.95," it said. Pasta? Chicken Soup? Surely they're not serving anything remotely Italian or Campbell's-inspired.


Just to be sure, I took this opportunity to revisit the restaurant, whose Anaheim branch I reviewed not long ago. And of course, I was right. The Chicken Soup and Pasta they advertised was, indeed, just a bowl of their signature kal guk su, the first item they list on a menu identical to the one at the Anaheim branch of the chain.

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Edwin Goei

The noodle soup was also an exact clone of the one I slurped. The noodles, thick silken threads of chewiness, slips around like it was coated in a lubricant. The chicken soup is still so starchy it can conceivably constitute a meal onto itself, dotted with thin sliced veggies and a generous helping of soy-sauce-cooked ground pork.

Like the Anaheim branch, every giant bowl comes with three side dishes of refillable pickles and the most intense kimchi ever devised by mortals. This stuff reeks of raw garlic: a wince-inducing, sinus-clearing, breath-fouling substance ten times more potent than Zankou's garlic paste. Eating this Altoid anti-matter plain is inadvisable. The substance is meant to be dissolved into the soup to flavor it, a job it does well since the soup is rather bland in its default state.

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Edwin Goei

So, as I suspected, the banner-advertised pasta with chicken soup is just their kal guk su. And what's more, $7.95 is the price the charge normally for the dish, lunch or dinner.

Were they really fooling anyone with that sign? Not so much. Though most of the customers that afternoon were Korean, at one point during my meal I witnessed a group of non-Korean business people, whom I suspected came from one of the many offices in the surrounding business park, come through the door.  It took them a few seconds to quickly survey the place before they turned around and left. Did they realize that the banner was a ruse?  Were they really expecting Italian pasta and chicken soup? We'll never know.


Location Info

Myung Dong Kal Guk Su - CLOSED

2512 Walnut Ave., Tustin, CA

Category: Restaurant


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5 comments
Jen Kuo
Jen Kuo

I'm sorry this one just isn't as good as the one in LA. The noodles were on the soggy side and they don't seem knife cut. And I was so excited that they had one nearby.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

:( Jamillah is gone? Crap, I was hungry for their "home-make" noodle and the onion sesame bread thingy.

Diamond Dog
Diamond Dog

I have tried this place and recommend that others try it as its unique. It was really good. Had the noodles pictured as well as the dumplings. But for some reason I just never crave this food from this place ever again. Its a pretty unique flavor / texture things. So I haven't been back. But that's not to say it isn't good....just not a taste that makes me crave it. Hard to explain it.

Tried Edwin's recommendation on Da Luau and it was really good. People are very nice there and its a pretty good value.

Also tried Edwin's recommendation on Shizuma Ramen. Pretty good stuff and reasonable priced and a decent sized portion. Skip all the sushi items though. Although it was not bad, I am not sure if it was good enough to go back. I am undecided.

Tried Dave's recommendation Okazu Ramen in Orange. it was really tasty and the service is great. It just seemed like the portion size was incredibly small.

Diamond Dog
Diamond Dog

Not yet. I want to. Just kinda far and its hard to get motivated to drive ALL the way to Anaheim! I am sooooo lazy when it comes to driving. In fact I thought Okazu was on E. Chapman in Orange and I was all annoyed that it was ALL the way on N. Tustin (ha ha)

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