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Dec 26, 2011 04:37 PM

Korean food to go in Koreatown?

Is there such a thing as a good Korean takeout restaurant? I'm used to Korean food being a lengthy affair of grilling meat and making stir-fried kimchi rice and such, but since I drive through Koreatown on the way home every night it would be great to pick up a nicely-packaged bibimbap, or some kalbi and panchan. I wouldn't know where to start with a restaurant that has good quality Korean food to go. Easy parking would be good too.

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  1. I wouldn't be surprised if the places in the food courts at Koreatown Plaza and Koreatown Galleria would pack up pretty much anything they serve to go. It's not the best, but it's not bad, and parking is easy. Also, the supermarket in the basement of the Galleria might have some hot food to take out as well - though I can't quite recall for sure. They certainly do have an enormous range of panchan that you scoop into containers and buy by weight.

    1. i go to western doma noodle for takeout, north of beverly on western. service is super slow so call in your order at least half hour before you arrive. have cash if you want to get outta there quicker.

      1. Almost every place can be "taken out". I wouldn't do it for soon doo bu/dolsot bibimbap, but any of the jigaes/tangs/bokkeumbaps can be had to go. I'd start from the crappier 24-hour joints, say Halmae, or Umma Jip, as they have few panchans to begin with.

        Blowing a wad of cash on take-out at a place with tons of panchan really defeats the purpose of paying $$$ for Korean food.

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        1. re: TonyC

          Many of the nicer sitdown places will pack up banchan in your to-go order. When I get Korean food to go, I usually end up with two bags of stuff!


          1. re: Dommy

            By no way am I implying the "nicer" joints don't pack up plethora of panchan with tons of wasteful styrofoam. They do. There's simply no refills on emptied faves. $10 for a bowl of yuk gae jang without a couple extra extra servings of myul chi on the side is saddening. After all, it's stupidly easy to boil broccoli and dip it in gochujang.

        2. I really like Mapo Ggakdugi restaurant on Normandie and 6th and have ordered food to go many times.. They have all the usual suspects on the menu, but if you're into fish, the fried fish and the braised cod are excellent! They also have jaeyook stir fry (pork), bulgogi, and I think they have LA kalbi as well. The food here is much better quality and they will also give you a LOAD of banchan. Parking lot is small but the valet will usually let you run in to pick it up!

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          1. re: saucequeen

            Thanks Saucequeen, that was actually the one I was thinking of trying first!

            Mapo Kkak Doo Gee
            3611 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020