Freshly made sesame oil in Koreatown?
A while back I was shopping at McCalls when another customer came in excitedly talking about this freshly ground sesame oil she just picked up in Ktown. She let me have a whiff and it was the purest, concentrated aroma of sesame -- the oil having been made literally within the last hour. Of course I dropped the ball and failed to ask her where exactly she went to get this stuff, but it definitely wasn't at a market, and instead at a place specializing in sesame oil. This was over a year ago so I'm unsure whether my memory is right here, but I believe her mentioning it was somewhere in the vicinity Pollo ala Brassa off Vermont. Any idea where this might be?
Huh, I'm surprised nobody answered this one.
The place you are looking for is famous. It is:
Chong's Grocery (On the bottle, it says Chong's Sesame Oil on the bottle my mom bought yesterday)
3560 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90005
They get their sesame seed from El Salvador and press the oil right there. Excellent stuff. I highly recommend. They also ship.
In case anyone was wondering what the bottle looked like, I bought some today. It's $20 for 18 oz of the Black Sesame and I think $17 for the Regular Sesame