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Sep 21, 2011 09:37 AM

spicy food for allergy weather

so with allergies the past few days i've been craving spicy curries and soups and stuff like that. i really want jitlada's southern curry but i don't feel like making the trip or dealing with them messing up my order. yesterday i had soon tofu which felt great with my allergies. i'm around miracle mile during the day so i'm wondering what else is good around here to clear up the sinuses and sooth a scratchy throat?

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  1. Ondal or Ondal 2 ought to do the trick.

    Yelp photo of soup here:

    Ondal 2
    4566 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

    3160 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

    4 Replies
    1. re: Servorg

      I was seriously thinking of going here today for this soup, but is it really $55???? do they have a smaller version or something?

      1. re: Clyde

        As Gourmet Pig notes here: the medium order for $55 feeds 3 people.

        1. re: Servorg

          looks like i'm out of luck b/c my coworkers won't spend that much on lunch even with the price split 3 ways.

          1. re: Clyde

            This is probably not in your geographic wheel house, Clyde, but my wife and I went to Asian-Ya in WLA the other night and I had their tan tan men. I thought it was quite tasty and I'd have it again anytime. I understand they do a good katsu don too and that will have to be another item to try.

            11660 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    2. I am so with you on your quest! Here are my usual favorites.

      The pork neck soup (gamja tang) at Ham Ji Park on 6th and Catalina probably fits the bill better than anything for me at the moment. Although the soon tofu at Beverly Soon might beat it out. The seafood soondobu at Seongbukdong is good, too.

      The northern style pork curry at Spicy BBQ on Santa Monica.

      Someone will direct you to Sapp or Pa Ord, and rightly so. I am partial to the non-spicy wonton soup at Ruen Pair, as well as their spicy noodle soup. Haven't tried their spicy seafood hot pot.

      Not brothy at all, but the spicy galbi jjim at Soban on Olympic is wonderful. I feel it must be healing in some meat-centric way.

      The kimchee jigae is pretty good at Genwa and I hear the sam gae tang is good there, too.

      What I'd really like to find is a good caldo in the same general neighborhood, but think I'm sol.

      Ruen Pair Restaurant
      5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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

      Ham Ji Park
      4135 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

      Spicy BBQ
      5101 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

      Seong Buk Dong
      3303 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

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

      5115 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      4001 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

      9 Replies
      1. re: neobite

        I go to Genwa all the time and usually stick with the soon tofu. not sure what sam gae tang is? but i will get the kimchee jigae next time! thanks!

        5115 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        1. re: Clyde

          A spicy bowl of Mabo Ramen at Asahi Ramen on Sawtelle usually does the trick for me. And only $7.45!

          Asahi Ramen
          2027 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          1. re: Clyde

            Sam gye (or gae) tang is a chicken and ginseng dish traditionally eaten on the hottest summer days in Korea and its ginseng component is believed to have medicinal properties. The sweating it induces supposedly detoxifies the eater.

            1. re: Servorg

              thanks! i don't eat chicken or anything with wings. love the medicinal properties angle. hmmm.

              1. re: Clyde

                How about Yook Gye Jahng (Spicy beef soup) at Park's. It's beefy, spicy enough, huge soup and around $10.

            2. re: Clyde

              If you like soon tofu, I think you'll like yuk ge jang, a spicy beef stew, or maeuntang, a spicy fish soup.

              If you change your mind about trekking to Thai Town, Pa Ord & Spicy Pork Gang serve what has to be the spiciest food you can find in LA. I once made the mistake of ordering the tom yum noodles at Pa Ord "spicy" and it was painful (in a good way - but my heat tolerance is pretty high - but I probably wouldn't do it again unless I really wanted to punish myself). If you order it "mild" it's still about 3x hotter than what you'd get ordering something "spicy" from most Westside Thai places. When I order from a Westside Thai place, I ask "extra extra spicy" and it's about comparable to "mild" at Pa Ord. I usually go for "medium" at Pa Ord and it's just about right for me... hurts so good!

              1. re: soniabegonia

                i don't need over the top spicy -- just a nice kick of something tasty that makes me want to blow my nose!

            3. re: neobite

              i finally got around to trying the kimchee jigae at Genwa today and it was awesome! got it w/o pork and loved it.

              1. re: Clyde

                everyone, i had the kimchee jigae again for the second time. it was not good. it was watered down, not spicy. they were nice enough to remake it for me to go; as i needed to get back to work and had eaten a little of it and decided it was too much of a bummer to eat anymore of it. so they supposedly 'fixed' it for me. when i came back to my office i found that they had placed the heavy rice container on top of the fragile soup container and it busted the lid and the liquid had spilled inside the plastic bag. boy i'm lucky they gave me a bag this time. this is the second time they've packed my lunch up to go so messed up. anyway, just a cautionary warning... beware.

            4. Out of your way, but if you happen to find yourself on the Westside, I find that the Murgh Shorba (chicken soup) at the Bombay Cafe on Pico does the trick. Ask for extra chilies.

              Bombay Cafe
              12021 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              1. How about Kimchi Jjigae for the rainy weather? Several spots already mentioned have a good one, Seong Buk Dong, Soot Bull Jeep and Chunju Han-il Kwan.

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                1. re: scottca075

                  i've ordered it twice from Genwa but the last time it was such an awful experience that i will definitely need to find a new spot for it. thanks for the suggestions.