I'm starting to enter the second level of Farmer's Market stands -- the less-than-obvious places that aren't recommended as often as Loteria and Singapore Banana Leaf, but there might be some undiscovered gems in there, so let's dive in.
Some of you know that when it comes to Korean food, I'm not quite a virgin, but I still haven't had that many good Korean experiences. Clearly I need a tender, gentle lover of Korean food to show me the way... Anyway, I just had Korean barbecue last week at a place that is better not named (oh ok, it was called Nam Dae Moon Jip), so at La Korea, I decided to try the bibimbap instead ($6.99). Bibimbap is a huge bowl with warm rice on the bottom (brown rice is available!), a carefully-arrayed assorted of julienned and sauteed veggies on top -- spinach, mushrooms, carrots, topped with a mildly spicy soy-based sauce. On top, you can get tofu, chicken, pork or beef, or just have the vegetables. I got the tofu, and it made a healthy, tasty and very filling lunch. The barbecue dishes are a pretty good deal, since each comes with three sides of dishes like glass noodles, seaweed salad or Korean slaw. Unusual Korean soft drinks are also available.