Chris Oh is a man with many passions. The founder of Seoul Sausage Co., co-founder of Hanjip and managing partner of Escala needs to have wide-ranging tastes and curiosities in order to keep his various creative endeavors going. But while his culinary enthusiasms run the gamut from high to low end and everything in between, Oh reserves a special place in his heart for Spam. So much so that this past summer, Hanjip featured a spam ice cream sandwich made in collaboration with Coolhaus. And, of course, there's the Spam musubi ball at Seoul Sausage Co., filled with macaroni salad, Spam and pineapple. Oh calls it “Hawaii in a ball.”
Oh wants to spread the Spam love. With that in mind, he provided us with five places around L.A. where you can get your Spam fix, or develop a mystery meat obsession of your own.
5. Toe Bang
“This staple in Koreatown is super popular for its Korean-style bar food. Even better, it's open until 2:15 a.m. I like the bubbling, spicy stew with ramen noodles, Spam and cheese.” 3465 W. Sixth St., Ste. 110, Koreatown. (213) 394-2469.
“This Filipino restaurant in downtown L.A. is known for its heirloom grains, but I really like the Spam sandwich! Comes with a fried egg and spicy mayo — what more could you want!?” 419 W. Seventh St., downtown. (213) 807-5341, ricebarla.com.
3. The Bun Shop
“The crispy, deep fried Spam in between a sweet bao bun is to die for! It’s great drinking food.” 151 N. Western Ave., Koreatown. (323) 468-1031, thebunshopla.com.
2. DGM (DwitGolMok)
“Another one of my favorite K-town drinking spots (sensing a theme here?), this place hands out complimentary popcorn and soup. I also get Spam here and cover it in ketchup in between soju shots.” 3275 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown. (213) 382-8432.
1. Da Kikokiko
“Not a Korean place, but I’m glad this spot just opened on the Westside because I love spam musubi! It serves a very traditional version with white sushi rice with grilled Spam, wrapped in nori and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Tastes just like the ones in Hawaii.” 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd., Playa Vista. (424) 835-4192, dakikokiko.com.