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Jul 5, 2013 09:36 AM

Korean dinner in LA... maybe on a Monday

Hi... heading to LA for a few days. Want a great Korean meal, especially interested in a wide variety of banchan. Any recommendations would be appreciated. In Chicago (where I'm from) many places are closed Monday. Is this likely to be a problem in Koreatown?

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  1. Soo Won has a good selection of banchan That said, if you miss going to Parks for the excellence of their Korean BBQ meats then you really should kick yourself (g).

    1. Every single place will be open on Monday (and every other day of the week).

      Are you looking just for banchan and could care less about everything else? Or are you looking for a particular kind or type of Korean food (e.g. BBQ, Jjigae, etc.)

      If you all you care about is the banchan in terms of variety, I suppose you could do worse than Genwa.

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      1. re: ipsedixit


        If you want "a wide variety of banchan" above all else, genwa may really be the only place for you. Their meat quality is usually pretty good too.

      2. I love the banchan a lot at Mapo House - hell I like everything at Mapo a lot.

        Excellent dough flake soup ( a clam/seafood broth hand cut noodle soup), bibimbaps and stir fries.

        1. For something very unique, try Yongsusan for Royal Court style Korean cuisine. Delicious panchan, e.g., Kaesung style kimchi, and there is really nothing quite like it in Koreatown.

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          1. re: Ernie

            is it similar to this?:

            Rotex Yesoo

            Gaon in Pasadena used to serve "korean banquet style" food, at least when I went years ago. They now seem to have reverted to a kbbq style.

            1. re: Ernie

              YoungSuSan is just not very good. A different dining experience, but the food undercuts the uniqueness. Too bad.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                agree - but I must admit I felt that way about 10 years ago and never went back.

                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  Good move on your part.

                  Some things are not like wine ...

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  I obviously don't agree. What have you had there that was not very good? I thought the green glass noodles were excellent and I've never had better kimchi.

                  1. re: Ernie

                    I've never had anything that was good.
                    Everything, at best, was just ok. And bland.

              2. My favorite meals in Ktown are at Chin Go Gae, Ondal, and Sun Ha Jang. I get the house specialty at each place.

                Sorry, I don't remember what the banchan was like at these places; that's all a bit of a blur for me. I think Ondal's was pretty impressive but I could be misremembering.

                Edit: I remember why I liked Ondal's banchan now, they give you an awesome broiled saury/sanma.