Korean-Chinese food is hard to nail down geographically; for one, there's the Korean-Chinese fusion from the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in Jilin Province, China on a border shared with North Korea. Then there's what most Korean folks in Seoul and the diaspora population stateside would consider Korean-Chinese fusion, which is largely derived from Incheon, a port city in South Korea where much of the country's Chinese immigrant population settled in the late 19th-to-early-20th century.
It's the latter where the dishes jjajangmyeon (caramelized black bean sauce noodles) and jjam ppong (spicy seafood noodles) became famous throughout the country to serve a utility that's not unlike its American Chinese counterpart: Quick, cheap, greasy sustenance.
It only stands to reason, then, that Korean Chinese food is a hit with the Korean immigrant communities, and subsequently finding new fans stateside, particularly in Los Angeles. The unique cultural cuisine leans heavily on dumplings with more ginger and scallions, and the aforementioned noodle dishes alongside some other re-invented Chinese favorites. It's to the point that a chain of Korean-Chinese noodle shops has emerged in L.A.'s Koreatown (one that I cannot, in good conscience, recommend). Here are 10 restaurants that Eater can recommend for Korean Chinese food in Los Angeles.Read More