Korean BBQ, Noodles, Korean Dishes
Probably the best naeng myun I’ve ever had… If you are in Irving, definitely stop by Mo Ran Gak! My wife and I came in for a “quick” lunch on a weekday and were surprised to have to wait in line! We showed up at 11:15 AM and had to wait about 15 minutes for a table because the entire place was packed. They open at 11 AM!
We both had the mul naeng myun and it comes with an additional spicy naeng myun as well! All for $12-13. The food was all extremely delicious and comes with a few side dishes as well. The service was pretty great too considering there was a line out the door.
I was invited to dinner at Mo Ran Gak by some Vietnamese friends of mine. An Italian guy going to dinner at a Korean BBQ with friends from Vietnam; who would have figured right? But as they told me, if you want to have great food and great conversation, a Korean BBQ is the place to go.
And they were SO RIGHT! The food was really amazing. First they brought all of these side dishes – I think called Ban-cha – full of kimchee, bean sprouts, fish cakes, egg, dried anchovy, cucumber and lots of sauce options. Then they light the grill and start cooking! Talk about being waited on, they tended to our every single need through the last bite. My friends were veterans of this place so I am sure they did better than I would do and it was wonderful. I’m sure that the wait staff would have helped me regardless. They fed us brisket, teriyaki, pork, pork belly, shrimp and veggies. They kept filling the grill every time it was emptied plus the grill was changed when the meat flipped to seafood!
We also had some very traditional and very yummy spicy cold noodles. Yum.
We were there from 7pm to 9:30 without any glances to leave. What a great place!
I give this place two thumbs up for food, service, ambiance and food – did I say food!???
The reviews are high and the lines are always long. Two strong indicators that this place is good and indeed, it is!
This place strongly outshines the other Korean bbq spots because they have the best banchan (side dishes) that I have ever had anywhere else. They make it in house and man, it is so good! I would really imagine that it tastes really close or similar to somebody’s grandma homemade recipe. The options of sides they offer are also really good: Soup broth (my favorite!), mashed potatoes, cucumbers, kimchi, japchae (noodles), squid strips, radish, rice paper, salad, pancakes, dried fish, etc.
The meat quality here is also better than most, but it is not all you can eat and majority of times, those places tend to range higher too. One best perk here is that they cook it for you too! One worse perk is the parking here! I usually do street parking in the neighborhood, but sometimes, it’s still hard to
Find a spot. The lines are long and parking is hard, but this is a place that I would wait no matter how long it is. Enjoy!
I can’t believe I haven’t tried this place until now!
Opted for the authentic nonmarinated set ($65) and added the spicy cold noodles for only $6! Will try the marinated combo next time!
The server even offered to bring a sample of the regular cold noodles out so we could try! Even the sample looked pretty large! The spicy cold noodles were so good! The regular one wasn’t bad either, but I preferred the spicy one.
The meat was all really good quality and omg, the sides! The steamed egg was SO GOOD. Like the best I’ve ever had good. Everything was great
They also cook for you, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy :’)
There’s also complementary coffee too! Make sure you grab a cup while you wait or on the way out!
Come for the KBBQ, stay for the cold soup!
Parking is kind of limited and small so you may want to opt for street parking and just walk about a minute or two. The wait can be a bit long but I only waited about 15 minutes to get seated once you go in and put your name on the waiting list. The service is quick and efficient.
I’ve never had Korean cold noodle soup before. On a hot day, it’s both delicious and refreshing. I had the spicy cold noodle soup. So just because it’s cold doesn’t mean it can’t be spicy in flavor.
You’ll get full so quick because it comes with another cold soup too on the side. So basically it’s like getting two large bowl soups for the price of one. Don’t forget since it’s a Korean restaurant, there’s a lot of side dishes to eat as well that come with every meal
It’s not expensive at all. I think for a cold soup it’s about $12.
It was my first time having Korean cold soup but I’ll definitely come back again for more!
I cannot add to the praise that others bestow upon this restaurant. An instant favorite for so many reasons:
(1) Water and bone marrow broth immediately brought to the table. So many Korean establishments leave out the bone marrow broth; they put a kettle of it on the table as soon as you are seated!
(2) Wonderful menu options. The choices will leave you thinking about the next visit when you can try more! Too much for one sitting. Or 100.
(3) Gracious service. This is not always typical in Korean restaurants. Stands out. They want you to enjoy your meal.
(4) Amazing banchan selection. Usual kimchi, noodles, greens, potato salad, pickles, fish cake, etc. but the ming bean pancake put it well over the top.
(5) Outstanding bibim nengmyun (spicy cold noodles)
(6) best short ribs ever
(7) portion size. I have at least one more meal here, probably 2.
There is a reason why the line is out the door and people will wait patiently upwards of an hour. It is worth it. I love a Korean food. But this is so much better than what I am accustomed to. A true favorite.
One of our family’s favorite places for kbbq and Korean food in general. We usually get the combinations so that there’s a variety of meat. It comes with a lot of side dishes, which we all totally love~ somehow, their steamed egg is always sooo fluffy.
You also get delicious broth to drink at the beginning as well.
Highly recommend trying the squid and shrimp too, although can’t go wrong with any of the selections. Their naengmyun (cold noodle soup) is really good too~
There’s usually a long wait even 15 minutes before opening (definitely on the weekends at least), so I recommend getting there early before opening unless you don’t mind the wait.
There’s limited parking, but I guess you can park elsewhere and walk.
It can get hectic for them on weekends, but they’re experienced and provide good service. On the really crazy days, you might need to give them a friendly reminder if you’ve added or changed anything from the set meal in any way.