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Oct 1, 2013 04:33 AM

KOREATOWN - LA Dish of the Month (October 2013)

KOREATOWN - LA Dish of the Month (October 2013)

The dish of the month for Los Angeles for October is Koreatown.

Here's a link to the voting thread:

The goal is to collectively try as many different dishes, foods, restaurants, drinks, and just good eats that can be found generally in/around Koreatown.* And there is absolutely no restriction that the food/drinks have to be Korean -- it can be anything as long as it is in Koreatown. And, it goes without saying, that telling us of fabulous places to eat that you've been to in the past is great, and recounting vivid memories of walking out of some Korean dive bar in a drunken stupor at 4:23 a.m. is also fun, but what we want are real-live, current progress reports of what you are eating and drinking.

So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

(*We've never really settled the boundaries of Koreatown, so I'm just going to refer to previous discussion about this and say for purposes of the DotM that Koreatown is the neighborhood defined either by Wiki, LA Times or Yelp.

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  1. ipse, when do you sleep? I just got up to use the bathroom and get a drink of water. Back to bed...

    1. Here is a thread with some interesting recs for K-Town:

      Basically all of the dishes in the voting thread can be found here: soup, sausage, shellfish, fried chicken...

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        1. re: Ciao Bob

          That's the one! Thought I book marked that one but couldn't find it in my favorites. Thanks for the great link.

            1. re: Ciao Bob

              Hi Bob,
              Off topic: I started a thread on the Italy board asking for recommendations in Napoli. We'll see where it leads.

      1. I tried the new Doni Burger on the 3rd floor of Madang Courtyard last night. It's a Korea-based fast food chain related to Korean celebrity Jung Hyung-Don (much like Baekjeong is Kang Hodong's KBBQ chain). It's really nice to see Madang Plaza finally busy several years after opening. I got a Doni Jr., which was about the size of a McDonald's Quarter Pounder. It cost $5 for the burger alone (ouch!) but it actually tasted pretty juicy and flavorful. A few of items on the menu are not available yet and the staff still seemed a bit disorganized. They were very polite and attentive though.

        A couple of weeks ago (I know, not real time), I tried The GangJung, which is located next to Doni Burger and also just opened in September. Their specialty is a popcorn chicken like dish, coated with different sauces. It was really awful. The chicken pieces were a bit big to be considered popcorn chicken and even with the sauces drenching the chicken, the actual chicken meat tasted especially bland. They also served me the blandest fries ever (I'm sure salt would've helped but they didn't provide any).

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        1. re: yizhang

          Mandang is pretty happening right now... They also have a Daiso in the center now (Which just made me SO SO SO Happy!).

          Next to the center is Chocolate Chair. A wanna be chain of places that makes their own ice cream fresh. Yes, fresh. How? They basically pour a base into a kitchenaid and then blast freeze it. It's quite impressive (And the ice cream pretty good!)


          1. re: Dommy

            Agreed, Chocolate Chair's ice cream is very delicious and extra creamy. It's a bit pricey for everyday consumption but it's a fun place to try. The layout is kind of funny though. It's literally inisde The Face Shop.

            It's awesome to have a Daiso in Ktown; this one is smaller than most.

              1. re: kevin

                It's the Japanese equivalent of a 99 Cent store. Everything is $1.50 and there are some very cool Japanese goodies. A lot of people love the socks there.

        2. Myung In Dumplings on Olympic Blvd. A couple of months ago I saw Anthony Bourdain show and had to try it. Now I am a regular.

          Today I had the Wang mandoo and spicy shrimp dumplings. An inexpensive and filling meal!!

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          1. re: gr8pimpin

            Is that the exact name ?

            Are the shrimp dumplings purely shrimp or is there pork in there too ????


            1. re: kevin

              Shrimp and vegetables.

              Dommy is right... the shumai is really good, but more like a gyoza than chinese shu mai.

              I think I have had every dumpling on the menu and you can't go wrong.

              Yes, that is the exact name...



              1. re: gr8pimpin

                I would fucking love this place.

                Shrimp mandu ???

                I'm so fucking there.

              1. re: gr8pimpin

                Speaking of that Bourdain show, I'm very tempted to use this DOM as an excuse to hit the Sizzler and make that taco they did and also order lots of the bread. Lol!

                1. re: Jase

                  LOL! Lets just say, I have it on good authority that you can do that pretty much at any Sizzler... They have adapted quite well to their multi-ethnic clientelle. Heck, even the one in Culver City makes a pretty passable Menudo on the weekends...


                  1. re: Dommy

                    Is the menudo part of the AYCE salad bar? That would be pretty amusing to see if it was. How much menudo could someone actually put away? I think I have a healthy appetite and always order the large bowl whenever I get it and I'm done after I finish the bowl.

                    1. re: Jase

                      Yes. All you eat Menudo... and people were THRILLED. LOL!!

              2. ipse, please see this subthread in the Voting thread: Looks like we might have a Florida 2000 situation after all. :-( With Jase's vote for FRIED CHICKEN, that means it ties with K-TOWN for first. How do you want to resolve this issue?

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                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Voter fraud!!!! I keed, I keed.

                      1. re: Jase

                        It's tough, and I empathize Jase.

                        It's why I cannot vote on these. I'm sure we'll get Fried Chicken in there one of these months, but given the strong enthusiasm for Koreatown, I thought it would be interesting as an inaugural experiment, if nothing else.

                        Keep up the good fight.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Can I keep up the silly fight and nominate fufu every month?

                          1. re: Jase

                            I like the Korean fried chicken can we agree on that? Ob bear. Kyoshon wings.