Of course it was spicy, but it wasn't as intense as it looks. You're looking at the Spicy Beef and Vegetable Soup at Myungin Dumplings on Convoy Street.
The establishment is based out of LA, and they have a picture with Anthony Bourdain on their wall. If it's legit, I'm sold. If there was some photoshop action going on, that is unforgivable. The Bourdain plug is not to be messed with foodie world! Check out their video of Bourdain.
By all accounts, this place looks Bourdain ordained, immortalized, pedestalized, foodie festishized. Actual words cannot describe the food/culture holiness he brings upon this world.
I didn't get the dumplings. What's wrong with me? Don't answer that - that was rhetorical. I'll have to come back and try them, but this time I got the spicy soup. It was surprisingly mild compared to what it looks like it's going to taste. The kimchi-tasting beef broth is filled with delicious Chinese vegetables (different mushrooms, sprouts, etc.). There was also shredded beef and some clear noodles. The soup was served with a bowl of fluffy white rice and some ban chan, aka Korean appetizers that usually consist of kimchi and other fermented vegetables.
It's a breakfast that'll wake you up in the morning. Next time, dumplings!