Chunju Han-il Kwan
Los Angeles, CA 90020
- Mon-Sat 11am-11pm
- MasterCard, Visa, American Express
- Family Style, Takeout
- Dinner, Lunch
LA Weekly's Description
The repertoire of Korean cooking includes many, many refined jjigae, thick, chile-dosed soups made with kimchi, homemade tofu or sparkling-fresh fish, shellfish or octopus, choice bits of pork or cattle innards. Budae jjigae, the legendary specialty of Koreatown restaurant Chunju Han-il Kwan, is oddly tasty, but it is the furthest thing from refined. Leaves of cabbage careen across the glowing, red maelstrom like so many whirling rafts of the damned. Those lozenges of pink meat? Sliced Spam, straight from the can. That familiar-looking square of curly noodles? Packaged instant ramen, unless I miss my guess. I suppose we should be thankful that the Chunju Han-il Kwan version omits the customary dollop of canned pork 'n' beans. The restaurant is well known in Koreatown for its enormous array of panchan, small, cool, free appetizers that appear here in battalions of 10 tiny dishes. The herb-laced beef soup with delicate mandu (dumplings) is first-rate, and the noodles for the guksu are handmade. I am especially fond of the pancakes here: lacy potato pancakes that taste like thin, scallion-laced latkes; tart, crunchy kimchi pancakes; ultracrisp seafood pancakes studded with bits of chopped octopus. But for the non-Koreans who have made Chunju Han-il Kwan their home, it's all about the budae jjigae. See full review.
Tips from foursquare
Boodae jjigae ("army" stew) is a spicy medly of everything yumm. Also order the kimchi or scallion pancakes
Get the boo dae gee gae
Had their military stew for the 1st time, delicious! Perfect food for the cold days, especially with some soju to warm the stomach! Great service, all the waitresses were all smiles and friendly.
Budae jigga and pajun are the best!
Incredible. Korean Homestyle food. Scallion pancake, and BBQ pork in clay pot.
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