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Need a ktown rec

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So I'm coming to town to visit the family and I'll be in LA on friday night for dinner and my GF wants korean.

Normally, we go to Ondal 2 (no good kkokaetang places in NY and we both love that place). We also go to Park's and the soon doo boo places (beverly or so kong dong). But, I was thinking about doing something different this time, but I'm trying to get some recs.

I was thinking about mapo galbi for ddak kalbi as i haven't had a good version since last time i was in seoul or maybe kobawoo house for bo ssam

What are your favorites in ktown? Language is not an issue (gf is fluent)

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  1. Ham Ji Park (6th/Catalina) for ribs and pork neck/potato soup.

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    1. re: Ciao Bob

      thanks for that, that was also on my list as i've heard good things about that place as well...i miss CA for asian food

    2. kobawoo is great for bossam and pa jeon
      chin go gae - goat stew (at the end they fry up the concentrated broth with rice and a mess of toasted seaweed - unbelievable)
      awon - for the best hwae do bap (like fish bibimbap)
      I will second ham ji park
      kyochon - delicious chicken wings (call ahead, they're made to order)

      Chin Go Gae
      3063 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

      Kyochon Chicken
      3833 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

      A-Won Japanese Restaurant
      913 1/2 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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      1. re: peppermonkey

        I second Kobawoo for their acorn noodles.

        1. re: peppermonkey

          ohhh thx chin go gae...sounds good although im not sure how much my gf likes goat, but that is def high on my list

          1. re: peppermonkey

            Hi peppermonkey,

            Thanks for the recs! :) How does Chin Go Gae compare with that Goat restaurant next door to Park's BBQ?

            1. re: exilekiss

              haven't tried that one but I hear it's open 24 hours...i also don't know if they do that fried rice thing at the end

            2. re: peppermonkey

              Chin Go Gae sounds grrrrrrreat. Soon. Real soon!

              1. re: Ciao Bob

                yeah i don't think you'll be disappointed...just make sure to call the waitress over before all your broth is cooked away

            3. For something different, how about some blowfish stew at Dae Bok? :)
              The fear factor makes it fun. They also fry up the broth w rice and kimchi at the end!

              (need to blog abt this place soon ... ish)


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              1. re: burumun

                I second burumun's rec. of Daebok. Bok Jiri is great.
                Speaking of fear factor, how about a Chueotang(mudfish soup) at Namwongol.
                It's one of the many lesser known excellent Korean foods.

                1. re: burumun

                  already tried dae bok, i didnt love the blowfish stew (it was good although i think i built it up too much in my head) although i did like the panchan with the blowfish skin

                2. Honey Pig on 8th. Its all different kinds of pork and everything is grilled on this huge grill including kimchee, veggies, etc. You can wrap the pork with the cooked kimchee and add different vegetables in it. At the end they make a bokkum bap on the grill with all the juices from the pork. Im not a fan of pork bbq but this place made me feel otherwise.

                  1. ended up hitting mapo kalbi, thanks for all the recs (ill be trying them all at some point or another)...ill write up a full report w/ pics later

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                    1. re: Lau

                      yeah let us know what you think about the different places...there's so much more to korean food than kalbi and soondubu.

                    2. I almost forgot one of my favorites especially now that it's getting hot.
                      Chik neng myun ( the watery one not the spicy version) at Yu Chun.
                      I know many are afraid of COLD noodle soup but trust me, it's delicious especially on a hot day.

                      Yu Chun Restaurant
                      3470 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

                      Yu Chun Chic Naeng Myun
                      3185 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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                      1. re: peppermonkey

                        oh i like this place as well...great mul neng myun

                        1. re: peppermonkey

                          The one on Kingsley and the one on 6th are closed down for good. Not sure about the one on Olympic though.

                          1. re: MeowMixx

                            that is truly depressing, the one is the valley closed too, hopefully the ones on olympic and in cerritos are open