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Kobawoo House

Map & Directions 698 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
  • Asian, Korean
  • Daily 11am-10pm
  • MasterCard, Visa
  • Family Style, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Not Accepted
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking


LA Weekly's Description

Born as a greasy spoon almost two decades ago, Kobawoo has mellowed into a Koreatown institution, a polished, respectable destination restaurant with some of the best food in Koreatown at prices almost unbelievably low. The restaurant has a decent version of samgyetang, a soothing chicken-in-the-pot stuffed with ginseng and sticky rice, and very good pigs' feet, boiled and pressed into a sort of terrine. The home-style pindaeduk, mung-bean pancakes, are a big draw - the pancakes are ethereal beneath their thin veneer of crunch, melting away almost instantly in the mouth like a sort of intriguingly flavored polenta. But the specialty of Kobawoo is probably bossam, a sort of combo platter of steamed pork belly and ultraspicy turnip kimchi, an elegant preparation that like so many other Korean dishes seems almost custom-designed to accompany a bottle of soju.

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Tips from foursquare

  • LA Weekly on 12/29/10

    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

  • Los Angeles Times on 06/04/13

    Most famous for its version of bossam: boiled pork belly you wrap up into leaves with raw garlic, sliced chiles and a salty condiment made from tiny fermented fish.

  • WEeatz.com on 03/29/10

    Medium Bossam for $15.99. That's more than enough for 2 ppl folks!

  • Taku I. on 05/04/10

    Had sudden craving for Korean pork... the bossam meal here hit the spot!!

  • Brian S. on 11/05/12

    bossam is good

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