Hanjip Korean BBQ | Photo Credit: Rick Poon

Hanjip Korean BBQ | Photo Credit: Rick Poon

Chinese and Japanese food had its time to shine, but I really feel like Korean food is the now and is shining brighter than ever and will soon be a permanent fixture in every household across the country.
— Chef Chris Oh
Bone Marrow Corn Cheese | Photograph courtesy of Hanjip

Bone Marrow Corn Cheese | Photograph courtesy of Hanjip

Uni Steamed Egg with Salmon Roe | Photograph courtesy of Hanjip

Uni Steamed Egg with Salmon Roe | Photograph courtesy of Hanjip

Hanjip Korean BBQ

Chris Oh is the executive chef of Hanjip Korean BBQ in Los Angeles, "We are not trying to revolutionize Korean barbecue, but rather just use better ingredients and better technique. We aren't trying to reinvent the wheel, we just want it to spin faster with a lil' bling. For the full experience, make sure you order Bone Marrow Corn Cheese; the Uni Steamed Egg with Salmon Roe; and the 48 oz Tomahawk Steak with Foie Gras Butter."

3829 Main Street, Culver City, CA 90232
T: 323.720.8804 | hanjip.com


Los Angeles' Koreatown | Photo Credit: Alissa Walker

Los Angeles' Koreatown | Photo Credit: Alissa Walker

LOS ANGELES KOREAN FOOD GUIDE

By Chef Chris Oh

What do you think is the biggest misconception about Korean food? "That kimchi is stinky."
In reality, it is more? "Stinky than you think!"

Breakfast

Suk Lang Tang at Han Bat Shul Lung Tang | Photo Credit: T. Tseng [flick]

Suk Lang Tang at Han Bat Shul Lung Tang | Photo Credit: T. Tseng [flick]

Han Bat Shul Lung Tang

Order Suk Lang Tang. It is a boiling bowl of bone broth soup with braised brisket, stanky kimchi and some rice. Not only breakfast but also a great hangover killer.

4163 W 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020
T: 213.383.9499

 

Korean Food Market

Galleria Market

Check out Galleria Market in Olympic and take a look at all the cool and delicious products. Let's just say it's not like your local Ralph's.

3250 W Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90006
T: 323.733.3800 | galleriamarket.com

Lunch

Mapo Kkak Doo Gee Restaurant

Mapo for traditional home cooking

3611 W 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020
T: 213.736.6668

Young King

Come here for Korean-Chinese dishes like black bean noodles or deep fried pork smothered in a sweet and sour sauce.

3100 W Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90006
T: 213.487.6154

Afternoon Sweets

Photograph courtesy of Sul & Beans

Photograph courtesy of Sul & Beans

Sul & Beans

Patbingsu is a traditional dessert of shaved ice and sweetened red beans, condensed milk, and fruits which is a definite must. This is a place that's doing it just like they do it in Korea.

621 S Western Avenue #208, Los Angeles, CA 90005
T: 213.385.5510

Dinner

Soon Tofu | Photographs courtesy of Beverly Soon Tofu

Soon Tofu | Photographs courtesy of Beverly Soon Tofu

Galbi (Marinated and grilled short ribs)

Galbi (Marinated and grilled short ribs)

Beverly Soon Tofu

I always get excited when I get a chance to come here for hot n' spicy bowls of soon tofu and a sizzling plate of galbi.

2717 W Olympic Blvd #108, Los Angeles, CA 90006
T: 213.380.1113 | www.beverlysoontofu.com

Late Night

Ob bear

Ob bear is a lil' divey spot with the best chicken wings in Ktown. 

Open until 2am
3002 W 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005
T: 213.480.4910

Photographs courtesy of Toe Bang

Photographs courtesy of Toe Bang

toebang3-2.jpg

Toe Bang

This is located in Chapman Plaza and is like Cheers but the Korean version where everyone know your name.

Open until 2am
3465 West 6th Street #110, Los Angeles, CA 90020
T: 213.387.4905


About Chef Chris Oh

Chef Chris Oh | Photo Credit: Rick Poon

Chef Chris Oh | Photo Credit: Rick Poon

Chef Chris Oh is the executive chef and co-owner of Hanjip Korean BBB, the founder of Seoul Sausage Co, managing partner of Escala in Los Angeles.


Discover Our 24-Hour Los Angeles FED Guides


More Los Angeles Guides & Features