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K-Town Blueprint--HELP

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Went over to Parks BBQ about two weeks ago. First kbbq experience. Great time, great food.
When I drove down there (East on Olympic), I passed a ton of restaurants that were packed. Plus there was a spot about 7 doors down from Parks, (right underneath the stairwell, if you are familiar with that stripmall), that had these huge pots on peoples tables (looked like a hotpot/stew). The lady said in broken english, too spicy for me and brushed me off...that is where our conversation ended unfortunately, because it smelled and looked great. I swore that I would return and make her feed me;)

Anyway, here is what I'm looking for...Can someone lay out a blueprint of maybe 4 or 5 (or more) restaurants in Ktown that are worth hitting and will give me a good sampling of different Korean style cuisines (I'll eat about anything, spicy is no problem) ?? This way, I can stop driving past all these places at night and saying "ooh, what's that?"

PS. I've noticed a bunch of Pho places scattered throughout the area, if any of those are worthwhile...i'm game.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I'm no expert on Korean food, but I can help you with the place you're describing - I think you're referring to So Kong Dong Tofu. It is fabulous, and you can order it mild (although it sounds like you're game for spicy). I like the tofu with kimchee version.

    Another place that would be worth trying is Soot Bull Jeep.

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    Soot Bull Jeep
    3136 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

    So Kong Dong
    2716 W Olympic Blvd Ste 104, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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    1. re: aching

      So Kong Dong Tofu and/or Beverly Soon Tofu both are great places for piping hot tofu stew, especially in the coming chilly months.

      I would skip Soot Bull Jeep, its glory has long since faded. Park's is already the best.

      Ham Ji Park, for spicy pork bbq.

      The place next door to Park's, got great braised goat dishes. Though I prefer Chin Go Gae. Or better yet, Mi Rak.

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      Soot Bull Jeep
      3136 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

      Beverly Soon Tofu Restaurant
      2717 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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

      So Kong Dong
      2716 W Olympic Blvd Ste 104, Los Angeles, CA 90006

      Ham Ji Park
      3407 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

      1. re: aching

        Unless the OP misposted, it can't be so kong dong as it is located in a different plaza entirely.

      2. I posted on this on another board. ( I'm not sure how to post links to previous posts.)
        Here are a few places

        Wings- Kyochon-
        3833 W 6th St
        Los Angeles, CA 90020
        (213) 739-9292

        Sul Lung Tang
        Han Bat Sul Lung Tang
        4163 W 5th St
        Los Angeles, CA 90020
        (213) 388-9499

        Banchan & Fish
        Mapo Kkak doo Gee
        3611 W 6th St
        Los Angeles, CA 90020
        (213) 736-6668

        Juk (Porridge), and samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken soup)
        Mountain Cafe
        3064 W 8th St
        Los Angeles, CA 90005
        (213) 487-7615

        Soondubu (Tofu Soup)
        Beverly Soon Tofu
        2717 W Olympic Blvd
        Ste 108
        Los Angeles, CA 90006
        (213) 380-1113

        Pork bossam
        Kobawoo House
        698 S Vermont Ave
        Ste 109
        Los Angeles, CA 90005
        (213) 389-7300

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        Beverly Soon Tofu Restaurant
        2717 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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