Crazy Spicy Jajangmyun

Most residents of Los Angeles have heard of Jajangmyun, the Korean adaptation of a Chinese noodle dish from Shandong which is thick as tar and black as pitch.

And most peeps in the know will tell you that Dragon’s or Mandarin House is the place to go for these Korean-style noodles.

But there’s a place in L.A.’s Koreatown that’s been quietly serving an amazing, crazy spicy, crack like crave-inducing version of this dish under the radar for over 20 years, developing a loyal following, and keeping it in business despite it’s 3½ yelp stars. (Oh those poor tender yelpers)

Heung Rae Gak’s version is called Sa Chun Jajangmyun which comes in brown sauce chock filled with baby shrimp, ground pork, and red hot peppers. The peppers must be removed before eating if you don’t want to punish your sphincter. But even with the peppers removed, eating this will still be gloriously painful. Now Sa Chun in Korean means 4000 and… don’t ask. The restaurant has been sold a few times over the years and if anybody out there knows, please enlighten me.

All I know is you won’t find this dish anywhere else in Los Angeles. If you’re a fan of Jajangmyun, you owe it to yourself to try this spicy version and when you do, you’ll understand why Heung Rae Gak has been around for as long as it has.

Heung Rae Gak also servers the traditional versions of Jajangmyun along with pretty legit Jjam Bong and also, damn good fried dumplings (Yaki Mandu).

Heung Rae Gak is located in the strip mall on the NW corner of 4th and Western. Unfortunately the signage is in Korean only. But we’re here to help, it’s the only sign with a red background and the only Chinese restaurant in the strip mall. 357 S. Western Ave, 90020 213.383.0178