Kobawoo House

698 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
213-389-7300

Details

  • Daily 11am-10pm
  • $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Family Style, Takeout
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Born as a greasy spoon almost two decades ago, Kobawoo has mellowed into a Koreatown institution, a polished, respectable destination restaurant with some of the best food in Koreatown at prices almost unbelievably low. The restaurant has a decent version of samgyetang, a soothing chicken-in-the-pot stuffed with ginseng and sticky rice, and very good pigs' feet, boiled and pressed into a sort of terrine. The home-style pindaeduk, mung-bean pancakes, are a big draw - the pancakes are ethereal beneath their thin veneer of crunch, melting away almost instantly in the mouth like a sort of intriguingly flavored polenta. But the specialty of Kobawoo is probably bossam, a sort of combo platter of steamed pork belly and ultraspicy turnip kimchi, an elegant preparation that like so many other Korean dishes seems almost custom-designed to accompany a bottle of soju.

Related Stories (3)

  • 34: Bossam at Kobawoo House
    3 years ago by Garrett Snyder

    Celebrating this year's Best of L.A. issue -- now out in print and online -- we're counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes. 34: Bossam at Kobawoo House. Kobawoo is one of Koreatown's older restaurants, havi...

  • Kobawoo: 99 Essential Restaurants 2011
    3 years ago by Jonathan Gold

    After several years and many gallons of soju devoted to the subject, I have determined that my favorite Korean dish is almost certainly bossam, a combination plate of steamed pork belly, raw oysters, special kimchi, raw garlic and a...

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