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Jun 8, 2008 05:32 PM

best general korean menu?

I'm Korean and love eating at my favorite ktown and OC restaurants for specific food items: tofu stew, black cod, pork, bibimbab, bbq, porridge, noodles, etc, etc. Generally when we go out to eat it's for a specific dish + banchan.

But if you ask me where to go for a menu that offers a variety of Korean dishes I can only think of Hodori, and I stopped going there years ago, my go to place closed down a few years ago and I haven't been able to find a replacement since.

I would love any suggestions you might have!

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  1. I'm not really a fan of Hodori. My favorite Korean restaurant is Kang Nam on Olympic/Crenshaw. Aside from the BBQ meats, I really love the Bibim Bahp, Naengmyuns, and Chigaes.

    1. Kobawoo. Vermont south of Wilshire. Great seafood pancake, acorn noodles, bosam, bibimbap, etc.

      1. How broad a range do you need? THough I'm also generally not in the market for general purpose restaurants, I can think of some places that have good bibimbap and also soups, or good noodles and also jjigaes, or some combination like that...

        Anyway, for truly general, I guess this is sort of a predictable response, but how about Sa Rit Gol, on Olympic? Good selection of soups, fish, ssambap, etc. (I think their lunch and dinner menus are different)

        Also, a second for Kobawoo-- not the first place I'd go for any of these items in particular, but I've generally found them decent on some standard things. (I should point out that I haven't been there in quite some time, though, and the last time I went, everything was kind of off... but I'm willing to believe it was just an off night)

        Sa Rit Gol
        3189 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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        1. re: another_adam

          Second Sa Rit Gol, especially for the black cod and daikon stewed in spicy soy. They also serve a really excellent mung bean pancake. Soups are good, as well. Very homemade tasting food.

        2. Thanks for this thread. I've long wanted to learn more about Korean food, but it's kind of hard to bootstrap -- there's so much! And when I drive down Western it's just overwhelming; no idea where to just stop in and then I'm gone ....

          Any suggestions for a beginner's tasting menu?


          1. I have to totaly agree with you. I would love to try Korean food, but am at a loss as to what is what. It all sounds and looks so good. The Tony Bourdain special got me a wonderin and droolin.