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