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very good & cheap dumplings in K-town

badseed May 18, 2006 06:13 PM

Just tried a relatively new place in Koreatown that has great dumplings. They have kim chi and chop chae mandoo and you get 6 big dumplings for $3.99. I thought the kim chi mandoo was superior.

You can also get them frozen and/or uncooked - I think it was 15 for $10.

A friend said their chachiang mein was better than Mandarin House - I'll try that next time.

the location is:

Authentic Korean Dumplings
698 S Irolo St #111, at 7th
Los Angeles 90006

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    Liquid Sky Feb 25, 2007 08:47 AM

    Thank you for this info! I have been on a CHACHIANG MEIN QUEST lately!!

    Besides, Authentic Korean Dumplings, is there any other place worth seeking out. I'd love to try the Korean or Chinese (Shanghainese) versions.

    I live downtown, so nearby is preferred over SGC, etc.

    1. h
      haochi Feb 25, 2007 10:57 AM

      Shanghainese dumplings: Jin Jiang restaurant and Valley near New Ave has the best Xiao Long Bao.

      1. l
        Liquid Sky Feb 25, 2007 11:41 AM

        Thanks, haochi! Does Jin Jiang or Valley vave great tsa-chiang mein, too?

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        1. re: Liquid Sky
          haochi Feb 25, 2007 01:52 PM

          Not sure about the noodles, never tried them there. Sorry.

        2. g
          gabehoya Feb 25, 2007 08:43 PM

          I forgot the name but there's a great iconic Korean style Chinese restaurant in Koreatown (mandatory valet parking). Their blackbean sauce hand cut noodles (chajaing mein) are super and ofcourse the kimchee and Korean style (white sauce) sweet and sour pork (and beef) are awesome with (bright red) kimchee and ice cold Heineken. And don't forget about the shredded pork and seafood entrees.

          You'll know you're in the right place if your waiter is Chinese and speaks fluent Korean...

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          1. re: gabehoya
            Liquid Sky Feb 27, 2007 09:42 PM

            Whoops! Sorry... double-posted accidentally...

          2. Suebee Feb 25, 2007 08:58 PM

            Great news! This place is on the same block as my office. Thanks for the review.

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              jwn Feb 26, 2007 07:38 AM

              i went to authentic korean dumplings during their grand opening (a while back). i thought their dumplings were almost inedible. i was considering sending them back (although this is almost unheard of in korean places) until...

              the owner and one of his employees started arguing in the dining area - the employee was complaining that he was not paid for his work and the owner claimed that the employee didn't show up during his scheduled times. it made me hate my dumplings even more. i didn't finish them.

              i would never go back, how could they have an argument like that in front of customers?

              1. cant talk...eating Feb 26, 2007 08:13 AM

                I think they've worked out staff issues. I've been there several times over the past few months, and it appears to be a family-run operation w/ a friendly owner. Parking is weird - mandatory valet ($2) in a tiny lot it shares with a Korean noodle soup place and (of all things) a falafel joint.

                I second/third the dumplings (I'm sure I posted on them before) -really outstanding, esp. with the chili pastes, and made to order. The black bean noodles were not something I'd get again, but I think this is more a personal dislike of the dish - little too goopey for my tastes (don't let that detract you from ordering it, though).

                Has anyone been to that noodle place in the same parking lot, by the way? I'm sure it has a specialty, but I couldn't find much English to let me know what this might be.

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                1. re: cant talk...eating
                  smssms Feb 26, 2007 09:37 AM

                  the neon signs outside the noodle place say kalgooksoo and samgyetang, i think.

                2. wilafur Feb 26, 2007 09:14 AM

                  kinda funny how the cooked/prepared madoo's are less expensive than the frozen/uncooked ones. shouldn't it be the opposite? =)

                  thanks for the ehads up though. i will definitely try the place out soon!

                  1. k
                    kproq323 Feb 27, 2007 11:16 PM

                    Koko's Chicken Cafe inside the Galleria Market on Western & Olympic has great authentic dumplings. I think a dozen are less that $5.00. They make them fresh everyday.

                    1. l
                      Liquid Sky Mar 1, 2007 09:37 PM

                      kprog: Good to know... thanks!

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                        Liquid Sky Mar 8, 2007 07:12 PM

                        Finally made it to Authentic Korean Dumplings recently. Wasn't bad, but I have to say that I prefer Chinese dumplings and the Chinese version of jia-jiang mein (noodles with meat-bean sauce). If anyone knows a good place downtown to find the Chinese versions, I'd definitely appreciate it!! Cheers.

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