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Okay my foodies:

Where can I get great Korean food that I don't have to cook myself? I don't want to sit there and cook. I want them to cook it. If you can only think of the ones where you have to cook then go ahead and name it. Don't forget to include addresses...thank you!

I'm not driving to far, so if you could keep it local-Santa Monica to Downtown...

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  1. I like the place in the Century City Mall food court, I think it's called Sorabol. The bulgoki is just okay, but the chap chae is great. Pretty cheap too. They will pack it up for you to-go if that's what you're looking for.

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    1. re: LisaStitch

      Yeah I used to eat there, but then I went to Koreatown and had "real" Korean food and I can't go back to that place. Also when it first opened yrs ago the food was better, then when they(most restaurants) smelled success they cut back on good ingredients. For a mall it's still a good place sort of.

    2. If you're up for anything besides bbq, all the food will come out cooked. Even at BBQ places, you can just ask for it to be cooked in the kitchen and they'll fire it up and bring out a plate of it.

      So the question is now: do you want BBQ, or something else (Korean tofu, seafood, rice in clay pots..)

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      1. re: Pei

        That's right...I forgot about that. I was thinking of the Shabu Shabu places where they will not cook it for you. Yes, I like BBQ, Korean Tofu sounds good as well. What's the difference b/w tofu and Korean Tofu? I'm getting hungry and it's only 9:30a.m.

        1. re: hazelnutty

          A picture is worth a thousand words. Here's a typical Korean tofu set up: http://static.flickr.com/38/135279121...

          It's not that the tofu is different. It's your normal silken tofu. The way it's served makes it korean. It comes in a spicy broth, and at most places you can pick what ingredients you want: seafood, beef, pork, kimchi, mixed, etc. It comes with the usual array of Korean side dishes (panchan) and usually you can also order a side of bbq or other dishes if you like.

      2. You request that the bbq brought to the table cooked.

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        1. re: Italianite

          Most of the soon tofu places (Beverly Soontofu, BCD) have BBQ side dishes that you can order (pre-cooked) with your soon tofu. I love the BBQ ika (squid) at Beverly Soontofu.

          1. re: sku

            I was just there on Sat and the bubbaque squid looked fantastic!

            http://myculinaryadventures.blogspot.com

        2. There is a "mom and pop" place called Ssin Ssin on the southwest corner of 7th and Vermont that will bring bbbqed items to the table (like the soondubu places mentioned above). They have a limited menu so I think only two types of bubbaque meat.

          The draw of this place is the Korean tinged Japanese dishes.

          1. My recommendation for your typical Korean meal is Kobawoo. You can do a search for this restaurant here and there are tons of postings.

            Kobawoo Restaurant
            698 S Vermont Ave # 109, Los Angeles, CA 90005

            Side note: Most korean restaurants if you see a grill pan and they are not specifically a "meat" restaurant but they serve meat/chicken bbq dishes, you can ask the waitress to have your meat cooked in the kitchen. They will generally do it for you.