Yup Dduk is a solid spot to eat before a night out in Koreatown. It’s in a strip mall across from Cassell’s, and serves tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cakes) in a super spicy gochujang sauce stew. It comes with fish cakes, cheese, sausage, and egg, and you can add ramen or udon noodles, so you’ll have a serious the base layer in your stomach for the soju you’re about to drink. Even the mild is pretty spicy, so keep that in mind when picking your spicy level.
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Galleria Market on Olympic Blvd. is one of LA’s biggest (and best) Korean markets. The one on Western’s not too bad, either.
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People are at Jinsol Gukbap in Koreatown for one thing: gukbap - a clear pork-broth soup.
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This spot on 6th Street is open 24 hours, and is always packed with groups huddled over one of our favorite dishes in Koreatown - their galbi jjim.
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Koreatown’s Soban is a Korean spot featuring a very good black cod dish and bountiful banchan.
Kobawoo House is a Koreatown institution and home to our favorite plate of bossam in town.
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