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Olympic Cheonggukjang

2528 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
213-480-1107
Olympic Cheonggukjang +

Photo by Anne Fishbein

Details

  • Mon-Sat 7am-10pm
  • $, $$
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Necessary
The restaurant, like a Korean bistro, is pretty famous in the community for its elevated versions of home cooking, the Tuesday-night dishes your mother may not be around to cook for you when you're away from home. There is a spicy galbi jjim, gently braised short ribs in a bright, slightly sweet sauce thickened with ground dried chiles, that is probably tender enough to eat with a spoon, although you will be provided with a pair of scissors with which to snip it from the bone. I also like the samgyetang, a classic cold-weather preparation of boiled game hen stuffed with sticky rice and ginseng roots. Most of the tables will sport at least one portion of fried corvina, a strong, whole fish overcooked to an appealing crispness.

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