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Housed in the basement labyrinth beneath the massive Koreatown Galleria, KitchenPlus sells every type of kitchen gadget you could ever want — and hundreds of culinary novelties you never knew you needed. Owned by the Kim family since its 1992 inception, K-Plus, as it's known among fans, stocks roughly 15,000 cooking and serving items, most of which are imported directly from Korea. Each aisle is organized by material: cloth aprons, place mats and napkins; glassware suited to every kind of cocktail; clay dishes and cups; stone bowls designed to serve hot bibimbap; cast-iron pancake plates; stainless-steel pots the size of bathtubs; rubber barrels for making massive batches of kimchi. While K-Plus caters primarily to wholesale clientele, the sprawling warehouse is open to the public — which means amateur chefs can snag KitchenPlus brand porcelain serving dishes for as little as 29 cents each. That is, if you can find the place. —Jennifer Swann

3250 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 113, Koreatown, 90006. (323) 732-1160.

LA Weekly