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13 Places to Get Korean Bone Broth Soups

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Bone broth madness might be in full swing thanks to NYC’s Brodo (leave it to those silly New Yorkers to charge more than the price of an In-N-Out Double Double for water that’s been boiled with bones), but Los Angeles has been touting the benefits of bone broth for decades. The city’s food-conscious cognoscenti have undoubtedly run into Korean versions of bone broth in the form of seolleongtang or galbi tang, two Korean beef-bone based soups that also double as hangover cures.

So, without further ado, here are 13 great places to either sweat it out or warm up with  Korean bone broth soup on in Los Angeles.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Yang Ban Sul Lung Tahng

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716 E 9th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(251) 500-1368
Not only does this seollongtang spot serve some of the best seollongtang in the city to hungry Fashion District folk, it also serves a soup made from boiled ox knees called dogani-tang (Yang Ban calls it doh-ga-“knee” tang, har har har). The gelatinous cartilage of the ox knees is considered good for joint health, but many Korean folks enjoy the meat for its unique texture alone.

2. Han Bat Sul Lung Tang

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4163 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 388-9499
Considered by many of the city’s residents as the definitive bowl of seolleongtang in Koreatown, Han Bat Sul Lung Tang has been doling out bowlfuls of the milky-white good stuff for literally decades. Diners can choose between a variety of different meats for their soup (pro tip: opt for the brisket if you don’t like offal), garnish with green onion and salt to taste and appreciate Los Angeles’ worst kept secret when it comes to hangover cures.

3. Seongbukdong

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3303 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 738-8977
Seongbukdong is famous for its galbi-jjim (beef short rib braised in sweet soy sauce), but don’t count out its galbi-tang, either: The latter is a bone broth flavored with green onions filled with rib meat that’s excellent with rice and kimchi.

4. Sun Nong Dan

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3470 W 6th St, 7
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 365-0303
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Sun Nong Dan specializes in beef bone broth-based soups, and in addition to the seollongtang, dogani-tang, and boiled beef head soup, it also has a Korean household favorite: kkori gom tang, or oxtail soup. Oxtails are boiled until the cartilage and bones render all their nutrients and flavors, and the meat becomes fall-off-the-bone tender.

5. Park's BBQ

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955 S Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 380-1717
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The venerated Korean BBQ institution might be known by just about every Angeleno, but the restaurant is famous at lunch with Koreans-in-the-know for its fantastic galbi tang, a richly flavored bone broth that’s packed with tender cubes of beef rib, a heap of glass noodles and finished with a smattering of green onion.

6. Buil Samgye Tang

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4204 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 739-0001
Though not technically bone broth (more like an “everything” broth), samgyetang is Korea’s answer to chicken soup, and Buil Samgyetang is a bona fide samgyetang jun-moon-jeom (specialist). The cooks take a Cornish game hen, stuff it with sweet rice, ginseng, garlic cloves and jujubes and boiled in a broth involving other medicinal herbs until it becomes opaque and white in color.

7. Chil Bo Myun Ok

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3680 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Though technically Chilbomyunok is better known for its naengmyeon (Korean buckwheat noodles in chilled beef broth) and charcoal grills, their galbitang is on top of the menu for a reason: Korean beef broth is a staple at any naengmyeon spot, and Chilbomyunok is no different. Look out for the highly flavorful beef broth to come with chunks of solid quality beef ribs and garnished with a healthy topping of thinly sliced egg omelette, enoki mushrooms and jujubes.

8. Yu Chun Chic Naeng Myun

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3185 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 382-3815
Koreatown’s go-to naengmyeon jip has been known to have huge crowds in the dog days of summer, where the Korean buckwheat noodles with chilled beef broth have staved off many a California heat wave. Yu Chun makes the list for serving unlimited cups of its beef bone broth to its customers as an appetizer for... absolutely free. Sip on that, Brodo.

9. Surawon

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2833 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 383-7317
Native Koreans swear by soup expert Surawon, where seollongtang, dogani-tang and ox-tail soup come out of the kitchen still boiling in earthenware pots. One of the most important factors Koreans consider in judging good seollongtang is the opacity of the broth (allegedly it speaks to the concentration of the nutrients) — Surawon’s version is a solid white, earning it the approval from Korean moms and dads everywhere.

10. E Moon Oak

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869 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 387-8899
E-Moon Oak (also known as Juntong Sullungtang if you go by the Korean signage) serves up all the usual suspects (seollongtang, dogani-tang, etc.) in addition to a pretty solid haejang-guk, which takes beef bone broth and ups the flavor ante with soybean paste and includes young napa cabbage and bean sprouts. If you’re a fan of doenjang’s savory fermented funk, E-Moon Oak’s haejang-guk might be the bone broth experience for you.

11. Jin Kook Korean Restaurant

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16300 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA
(310) 516-7140
The South Bay isn’t lacking for Korean restaurants, but Jin Kook serves a special soup-centric niche normally found only in bunches in Koreatown. The restaurant’s name literally translates into “real soup,” which should already be an indicator that powders and mixes have no place in the kitchen, but folks in the Beach Cities and South Bay should have no qualms with the seollongtang offered up here, which can go toe-to-toe (or bone-to-bone) with most of the bowls served up in Koreatown.

12. Keungama Korean Restaurant

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3498 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 365-6788
Keungama’s seollongtang isn’t anything extraordinary, but its hours are: The restaurant is open 24 hours, which means you can get your seollongtang after a long night out and at least pretend for a bit that you won’t wake up with a massive hangover.

13. Young Dong Restaurant

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3828 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 386-3729
Though it doesn't seem like there's a ton of bone in here because the broth's been clarified, the deep, delicious strength of the soup here is a fantastic complement to the murky bowls at other spots in Koreatown. Order one with brisket, or a slew of offal meats to get the most nutritious, and load up on that excellent house-made kimchi.

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1. Yang Ban Sul Lung Tahng

716 E 9th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Not only does this seollongtang spot serve some of the best seollongtang in the city to hungry Fashion District folk, it also serves a soup made from boiled ox knees called dogani-tang (Yang Ban calls it doh-ga-“knee” tang, har har har). The gelatinous cartilage of the ox knees is considered good for joint health, but many Korean folks enjoy the meat for its unique texture alone.
716 E 9th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021

2. Han Bat Sul Lung Tang

4163 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Considered by many of the city’s residents as the definitive bowl of seolleongtang in Koreatown, Han Bat Sul Lung Tang has been doling out bowlfuls of the milky-white good stuff for literally decades. Diners can choose between a variety of different meats for their soup (pro tip: opt for the brisket if you don’t like offal), garnish with green onion and salt to taste and appreciate Los Angeles’ worst kept secret when it comes to hangover cures.
4163 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

3. Seongbukdong

3303 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Seongbukdong is famous for its galbi-jjim (beef short rib braised in sweet soy sauce), but don’t count out its galbi-tang, either: The latter is a bone broth flavored with green onions filled with rib meat that’s excellent with rice and kimchi.
3303 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

4. Sun Nong Dan

3470 W 6th St, 7, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Sun Nong Dan specializes in beef bone broth-based soups, and in addition to the seollongtang, dogani-tang, and boiled beef head soup, it also has a Korean household favorite: kkori gom tang, or oxtail soup. Oxtails are boiled until the cartilage and bones render all their nutrients and flavors, and the meat becomes fall-off-the-bone tender.
3470 W 6th St, 7
Los Angeles, CA 90020

5. Park's BBQ

955 S Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90006
The venerated Korean BBQ institution might be known by just about every Angeleno, but the restaurant is famous at lunch with Koreans-in-the-know for its fantastic galbi tang, a richly flavored bone broth that’s packed with tender cubes of beef rib, a heap of glass noodles and finished with a smattering of green onion.
955 S Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90006

6. Buil Samgye Tang

4204 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Though not technically bone broth (more like an “everything” broth), samgyetang is Korea’s answer to chicken soup, and Buil Samgyetang is a bona fide samgyetang jun-moon-jeom (specialist). The cooks take a Cornish game hen, stuff it with sweet rice, ginseng, garlic cloves and jujubes and boiled in a broth involving other medicinal herbs until it becomes opaque and white in color.
4204 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

7. Chil Bo Myun Ok

3680 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Though technically Chilbomyunok is better known for its naengmyeon (Korean buckwheat noodles in chilled beef broth) and charcoal grills, their galbitang is on top of the menu for a reason: Korean beef broth is a staple at any naengmyeon spot, and Chilbomyunok is no different. Look out for the highly flavorful beef broth to come with chunks of solid quality beef ribs and garnished with a healthy topping of thinly sliced egg omelette, enoki mushrooms and jujubes.
3680 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

8. Yu Chun Chic Naeng Myun

3185 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Koreatown’s go-to naengmyeon jip has been known to have huge crowds in the dog days of summer, where the Korean buckwheat noodles with chilled beef broth have staved off many a California heat wave. Yu Chun makes the list for serving unlimited cups of its beef bone broth to its customers as an appetizer for... absolutely free. Sip on that, Brodo.
3185 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

9. Surawon

2833 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Native Koreans swear by soup expert Surawon, where seollongtang, dogani-tang and ox-tail soup come out of the kitchen still boiling in earthenware pots. One of the most important factors Koreans consider in judging good seollongtang is the opacity of the broth (allegedly it speaks to the concentration of the nutrients) — Surawon’s version is a solid white, earning it the approval from Korean moms and dads everywhere.
2833 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

10. E Moon Oak

869 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
E-Moon Oak (also known as Juntong Sullungtang if you go by the Korean signage) serves up all the usual suspects (seollongtang, dogani-tang, etc.) in addition to a pretty solid haejang-guk, which takes beef bone broth and ups the flavor ante with soybean paste and includes young napa cabbage and bean sprouts. If you’re a fan of doenjang’s savory fermented funk, E-Moon Oak’s haejang-guk might be the bone broth experience for you.
869 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005

11. Jin Kook Korean Restaurant

16300 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA
The South Bay isn’t lacking for Korean restaurants, but Jin Kook serves a special soup-centric niche normally found only in bunches in Koreatown. The restaurant’s name literally translates into “real soup,” which should already be an indicator that powders and mixes have no place in the kitchen, but folks in the Beach Cities and South Bay should have no qualms with the seollongtang offered up here, which can go toe-to-toe (or bone-to-bone) with most of the bowls served up in Koreatown.
16300 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA

12. Keungama Korean Restaurant

3498 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Keungama’s seollongtang isn’t anything extraordinary, but its hours are: The restaurant is open 24 hours, which means you can get your seollongtang after a long night out and at least pretend for a bit that you won’t wake up with a massive hangover.
3498 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

13. Young Dong Restaurant

3828 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Though it doesn't seem like there's a ton of bone in here because the broth's been clarified, the deep, delicious strength of the soup here is a fantastic complement to the murky bowls at other spots in Koreatown. Order one with brisket, or a slew of offal meats to get the most nutritious, and load up on that excellent house-made kimchi.
3828 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

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