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korean plaza on western

+1 for Chew Young Roo

The donkatsu place is great as well, huge portions, and cheap too

Mar 06, 2009
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BiBimBap with Brown rice

Its the one on 6th st. Next to a donut place, coffee shop and a karaoke joint..

Mapo restaurant
3611 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

(213) 736-6668

Jan 23, 2009
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Ddok Bo Ssam - Does anyone know where to buy?

fyi...

this ddok bo sam( rice wrap) is a LA thing...some restaurant(shik do rak?) came up with a idea in the early 90's..Its popular down here, but in Korea..not so much..

Traditional KBBQ is accompanied by lettuce and sesame leaves for wraps..

but whatever floats your boat..

Jan 16, 2009
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BiBimBap with Brown rice

wow...I havent had bibimbap at Hodori in awhile..but I never remeber them havcing brown rice.

I'm pretty sure that Mapo restaurant serves bibimbap with brown rice..its killer bbp too

Dont know about hyeonmi being associated with hardtimes..maybe u are mistaking it for barley?

Jan 16, 2009
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Where MUST we go for sushi, Korean, and Vietnamese?

If you like Hodori's yuk ge jang...check out E Moon Oak next to BCD(Western Location)

Hodori isnt great, but its not too bad..consider it chain restaurant quality

Whats the talk about North Korean cuisine? Mool Neng Myun isnt North Korean, they are known for bi bim neng myun.."ham hung" style

Yong Su San is North Korean Food?? I don't know about that one either..

Jan 09, 2009
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Coffeehouse open late in Los Angeles?

Lots of Cafes open til 4am in Koreatown

My favorite

heyri cafe
www.heyricafe.com

Dec 10, 2008
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Chinese restaurant for large reception?

The Dragon palace in Ktown is decent place to hold a large reception.
My friend had his daughters 1st birthday there (big day for Koreans) and it turned out to be decent. Food wasnt best, but it's hard to find a big enough place that caters to both food and space availabilty.

Dec 01, 2008
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Korea Town Recs

Yong su san is definately over rated..but the traditional korean course meal is definately worth trying atleast once.

Check out So Hyang, one of the newest up and comers in Ktown.
They offer course menus and also have good selection on other dishes, including KBBQ.

So Hyang
http://www.ktownlove.com/zbxe/63796

Nov 18, 2008
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Plaza Mexico

La Huasteca is on the money.

Impressive collection of tequilas, oh and the food is great also..incredible mole..

Nov 18, 2008
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ChungDam Korean BBQ on Western - Good?

Not a AYCE,

Chungdam represents the other end of Korean BBQ. Premium stuff.

The "Diamond Meat" (prime rib eye) was the best quality beef I've seen in the Koreatown BBQ scene..period.

I'm a die hard Park's supporter when it comes to some good Kbbqing, but I have to say Chungdamn has them in check when it comes down to the quality of the meat....Park's Kobe beef is some good stuff, but the marbling on the rib eye at Chungdam had me from the start...

ALOT of KBBQs, specially the AYCE joints, serve salads as their choice vegetable spread, but fresh lettuce and sesame leaves is the way its done in Korea, Chungdam is one of the few place in LA that stay true to this.

Of course they cant mess with the Park's banchan, but the quality beef and the wrap selection do more than to make up for it .

Great patio seating, friendly service, premium quality meat...I dare give this place a 5 star and rank it one of the top KBBQ in Koreatown.

Nov 12, 2008
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Ja Jyang Myeon - Korean Bean Paste Noodles

That place has kick ass jjam ppong, JJM was just ok imo

Nov 11, 2008
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My Favorite Meals, Under $20, in these Recessionary Times

My favorite spot in Ktown atm

Gui Mok
http://ktownlove.com/zbxe/45261

Awesome pork belly, if you love bacon, you gotta try out this out

Nov 10, 2008
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My Favorite Meals, Under $20, in these Recessionary Times

No love for KBBQ?

$15.99 and let the fun begin!

Nov 10, 2008
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Ja Jyang Myeon - Korean Bean Paste Noodles

Best Kept secret in Ktown.

Chui Sung Roo has a special on their JJM at $2.99..

It's not the best JJM in the world, but its a kick ass spot for lunch working on a tight budget.

http://www.ktownlove.com/zbxe/45486

P.S. I second Heungragak, Young King and that joint in Koreatown Plaza 1st floor that escapes my mind atm

P.S.S. I think the place in koreatown plaza served their JJM with cucumbers??It's been awhile...

Nov 10, 2008
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Help! Kyochon or Bonchon?

Back to the original topic...

Even though I have a gripe with Kyochon for charging $1 for their pickled radishes, I'd have to admit they do better chicken.

BUT Bonchon has raised their game as of late with the addition of beer on their menu. Big factor for me atleast, nothing like cold beer to wash down spicy wings.

P.S. DONT go for the drumsticks at Bonchon. It's a freaking monster, thought I ordered turkey for a sec ><

Nov 04, 2008
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Help! Kyochon or Bonchon?

Hijacked thread?

Anyways, my rec on tangsooyuk is young king on Olympic.
Best "tangsooyuk" in town imo. Can't vouch for the beef version though, always tend to go for pork. Excellent batter and awesome sauce,

Young King Chinese Restaurant
http://www.ktownlove.com/zbxe/45072

Nov 04, 2008
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Ktown foods that I won't find in NYC?

Samgyetang joints, I say these are the top 3 choices in Ktown,

KEUMSAN SAMGYETANG
http://www.ktownlove.com/zbxe/45256

Samgyetang and other chicken related dishes. I love their cucumber kimchi and the korean pepper sides. my fav samgyetang spot.

MYUNG DONG NOODLE HOUSE
http://www.ktownlove.com/zbxe/45279

I know, it says noodle house, but their samgyetang and baek sook is what they are known for.

KHAN
http://www.ktownlove.com/zbxe/directo...

Shabu Shabu restaurant, but has surprisingly good samgyetang..kinda weird, but hey, its Ktown..

Oct 15, 2008
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Ktown foods that I won't find in NYC?

Not sure how soondae is in NYC,but check out 8th st soondaefor best of Ktown has to offer. A hole in the wall, but it's widely known to have the best soondae in town.

8th St Soondae
http://ktownlove.com/zbxe/55456

-Gamjagol is known for their gamjatang- Some say it is on par with the offerings in Korea. Definately the best in Ktown by far.

Gamjagol
http://ktownlove.com/zbxe/45201

Crab stew? soup? Kkot gae tang is what im refering to.
Try kokerang agurang and make sure to get the complimentary fried rice after the soup.

Kokerang agurang
http://ktownlove.com/zbxe/45579

Oct 14, 2008
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Need Help/Education in Korean BBQ

wow, didnt think anyone on chow would know about chuncheon dak galbi.

Koreans do eat alot of chicken, mostly in the form of friend chicken(i.e. kyochon), sam gye tang( chicken ginnseng soup) or baek sook ( similiar with sgt w/o ginseng).

dak gal bi is definately one of the more popular chicken dishes after above mentioned dishes, made famous in the Chuncheon province of Korea.

There is only one dak galbi place in Koreatown as far as I know , cant compare to the real stuff from Chuncheon, but its decent dak gal bi

Mapo Dak Gal bi
http://www.ktownlove.com/zbxe/45264

Sep 23, 2008
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Need Help/Education in Korean BBQ

First of all, Lets not order chicken at KBBQ place and complain it wasnt very good.

Its all about beef abd pork at KBBQs

For cuts of beef, try galbi(ribs), joo mul luk(top sirloin), chadol begi(brisket),
For pork, its all about "sam gyeop sal" (pork belly)

I'd say start off at a AYCE to try various cuts of meat and find out what suites your pallate. Above mentioned tahoe is a decent place, I'd recommend Gui Mok, nice little place offering AYCE, better service and meat compared to tahoe imo.

Your ultimate destination should be Parks. The unmarinated ribs and the kobe beef is to die for,

There isnt much to it, Fire up the grill and start cooking, and dont forget the soju!

P.S. I find it hiliarious when my white friends ask "Is the meat ready to eat?"
uhh..its just beef, if its not bleeding, its done.

Sep 19, 2008
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Korean BBQ for Birthday Dinner

On a side note, just went to reopened O Dae San this week.

Nice decor, open kitchen, attention to detial, looks pretty darn nice. Should be a nice place to have business dinners,etc.

But in the end, the banchans, meat quality cant stand up to Parks BBQ.

Long live Park's!!

Sep 04, 2008
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Korean BBQ for Birthday Dinner

Basically two categories when it comes down to Korean BBQ.

1. AYCE
2. Pay more for better quality

IF your looking for some quality banchan and cuts of meat, above mentioned Park's is hands down the best in Ktown.

AYCE...lots of choices here, the standard price in Ktown BBQ these days are $15.99~$16.99, so lets not go to Manna please...it puts shame to KBBQ..

Try Gui mok, one of the hidden gem of AYCE KBBQ in Ktown. Ask for the back room for bigger groups.

Gui mok
414 S. Western AVe. #E LA, CA 90020
213-388-9299
http://www.ktownlove.com/zbxe/45261

Sep 04, 2008
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VOTE : The best AYCE Korean BBQ???

I just LOVE Korean BBQ, essssspecially AYCE.

All you LA CHowhounds out there...Where is the best AYCE KBBQ joint in your opnion?

Jun 09, 2008
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best general korean menu?

Koreatown local here to the rescue..

It's my personal belief that one should only frequent Korean restaurants that "specializes" in a certain dish.

For example,

Tofu stew "soon tofu" = Tofu Village( relatively new, blows BCD away..12 banchans!)
Noodles = Ma dang gook soo (best koran chicken noodle soup in ktown)
BBQ = Park's BBQ
AYCE BBQ = Gui Mok
bibimbap/black cod = Mapo restaurant

give me a menu and i can go on all day..

Anyhow, I guess occasion arise when you need a restaurant to meet everyone in your partie's needs..

BUT..Hodori is definately not the place...Like someone mentioned above, only reason to go to Hodori is when you happen to be in Ktown after hours, after many bottles of soju

Sa rit gol is a decent recommendation, but it seems like the quality and the taste has been falling a bit as of late.

Kobawoo is also on of my fav places, but the only reason to go to Kobawoo is for their "bossam"

My fav place for a all around"homestyle" Korean meal is Chunju han il gwan at the moment, little place tucked away in a small shopping strip on 6th st. Everything I've had at this place is so far excellent, and I'm hard person to please when it comes down to Korean cooking.

Mapo restaurant is also a excellent place that offers a variety of dishes, but it;s bit small to cater to a big grp. Great place for lunch

So many places to eat in Ktown it can get overwhelming at times.
Visit www.ktownlove.com for some info on the restaurants in ktown.
It's basically a Koreatown business directory. Neat site where you can search restaurants by food items, keywords etc.

Jun 09, 2008
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ISO of Korean Caterers

I happen to run alot of events and finding a good catering company is hard work..I've had some bad experiences with Nakwon Catering and want to recommend a catering company that offers better food and service.

Shinmi Catering

http://shinmicatering.com

their galbi is always a crowd pleaser and the quality in the banchan is always top notch!

Jun 05, 2008
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Bibimbap

As a Ktown local, This place has the hands down best bibimbap in LA.

Small restaurant, but they are known by the locals here to have exceptional banchan and kimchi year around.

Try the Dol Sot (stone pot) Bi bim bap here and your searches will be over.

Mapo Restaurant

http://www.ktownlove.com/search/detai...

Jun 05, 2008
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Four a.m. Breakfast

Hidden Gem Located in Koreatown

You feel like getting some KBBQ on 4 in the morning??

Check out Nam Dae Moon

http://ktownlove.com/search/detail.ph...

Nothing like some fresh bacon "sam gyup sal" at 4 AM

Apr 21, 2008
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Where can I buy decent kimchi

The kimchi at Ralph's or 99 Ranch Market can be (will be) awful..Stick to to kimchi at your local Korean markets. Make a quick trip out to Ktown, it'll be worth the trip.

Mar 03, 2008
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Where can I buy decent kimchi

Majority of Korean markets should have vast number of selection when it comes to kimchi..Some are good, but some can be downright awful..

Try to look for label called "Jun Ju Mak Kimchi" your basic nappa cabbage kimchi, should go well with your kimchi pancake.

Feb 28, 2008
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Need help finding an OC caterer for my wedding

My friend had a korean food catered at his son's birthday and it was excellent. The galbi was excellent and everyone seemed to be enjoying the dishes. Check out Shinmi Catering located in LA.

http://www.shinmicatering.com/

Feb 22, 2008
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