Los Angeles, CA 90006
LA Weekly's Description
At its best, Japanese sashimi is something exquisite; delicate ultrafresh nibbles meant to be contemplated as much as they are to be eaten. Korean sushi is something else entirely - it is bar food, seasoned with raw garlic and hot peppers, smeared with bean paste, consumed in great quantities with flowing oceans of soju or beer. Tucked into the rear of a Koreatown mini-mall, A-Won is one of Koreatown's oldest sushi restaurants, a serene but well-worn place where the high-backed booths are as private as little cabanas. Marinated sea cucumber, big portions and the habit of eating sashimi with raw garlic have their fans, but the great Korean contribution to the world's sushi kitchen may be hwe dup bap, an elaborate raw-fish salad leavened with dried seaweed and hot rice and flavored with chile paste. And at A-Won, a Koreatown institution devoted to the cult of hwe dup bap, the display is formidable: order after order racing out of the kitchen in bowls as big as Valkyrie helmets. Good hwe dup bap - and A-Won's is very good - is as alive and vivid and evanescent as a wildflower. And don't miss the al bap, a big bowl of warm rice frosted with half a dozen different kinds of fish eggs. See full review.
Tips from foursquare
Hwae Dup Bap is the best I've found in ktown! Big enough to share if you are a light eater.
Get the fish egg bowl. Delicious!
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For more photos, view Anne Fishbein's slideshow of "Fierce Chefs and Fiery Kitchens." If there were such a thing as a Los Angeles cuisine, I... More on A-Won »
Like its more rice-intensive counterpart bi bim bap, hwe dup bap is an interactive creature that doesn’t really come into existence until you mix it... More on A-Won »
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