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Can't go to LA and not go to Koreatown. Best Korean food ever, and it's a trip down memory lane for me, cause that's where we lived for 4 years when my family first moved to the States.

On my friend Jim's recommendation, Keisuke, Yoskay and I went to Park's on Vermont. It was late in the afternoon so we missed the lunch rush- the place was virtually empty. Lined with stainless steel hoods above each table, the ceiling beams here were covered with pictures of the owner with K-Pop stars. Nice.
Yoskay and I were sickly, so we got a bunch of soups. Also, we didn't want to stink of beef, garlic and smoke for the rest of the day, so sadly, we opted out of barbequing. All the dishes were written in Korean, with only the descriptions in English, so I don't know the names of most these dishes. SORRY.

Assorted banchan. The yellow radishes on the top right corner was very takuan-like (Japanese pickled daikon)- but a little sweeter. The jalapeño peppers were refreshing:

Not too spicy kimchee- very good. You can tell how legit a Korean joint is by their kimchee
Daikon kimchee- my fave:

Seafood pajeon- crispy on the outside, just barely cooked on the inside. One of the best pajeons I've ever had, no joke.

Kalbi "stew"- with noodles, enoki mushrooms, napa cabbage, and onions. Simple, flavorful and filling.

Yoskay's super duper spicy kimchee noodle soup with tofu and veggies. He claims he was able to sweat out his cold with this. His whole mouth was red after eating, it was hilarious.
My bro's spicy kalbi noodle soup with tofu and potatoes. Genius- the potats were so comforting.
The lunch special, a pork kimchee stew. Only $5!!! The pork just melted in my mouth.
Yongsusan across the street- Sonja went to the one in Seoul a few months back.

Stopped off at Renzo Piano's new design for the Broad contemporary art collection at LACMA. Here's a Chris Burden installation out front which was super neat.
Even though we didn't end up bbqing, at the end of the day Sara still asked me, "did you eat garlic today?" Knew we should've just bbqed.

Park's BBQ
955 S. Vermont Ave.
LA, CA
213.380.1717