Oo-kook and Country Touch Cafe
Bulgogi for lunch and bulgogi for dinner? Intriguing...
Country Touch Cafe is a little 60s-feeling diner next to the Exxon refinery in Torrance... very random and next door to a ghetto liquor store, and what appears to be either some ancient apartments or a tiny motel?
Inside the decor matches, the crowd is clearly all regulars, and usually it's packed. They knew Jennifer and Tommy quite well, and the blueberry pancakes got devoured. The bulgogi and rice plate was some decidedly fair-to-middling rice with a very undistinguished egg and some pan-fried bulgogi. Nothing special-- aside from the tasty absurdity that you can have bulgogi for breakfast!!
That alone is almost worth the trip. The stark commentary scrawled on signs on the wall talking about modern technology add a little humor in addition to the great staff, too.
Dinner that night was at Oo-kook with Sue, Ophelia, and Michelle. Oo-kook's k-town location is still one of the best, if not the best all you can eat Korean BBQ places around. Very good beef tongue, brisket, galbi, we had three rounds of ban chan (or was it four? Jap chae and kim chi, nom!), octopus and shrimp for good measure, the KOBE Intercoastal beef (rib meat), more beef tongue, more galbi, the wine marinaded pork belly... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Finish off with the bean/tofu soup and the very ending wet rice.
I thought we were done with galbi when another order showed up... in the end, I think we all waddled out of there, always a sign of great AYCE! (or an epic lack of self-control!)