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Cheese-topped braised short rib at Sun Nong Dan
Cheese-covered spicy braised beef ribs at Sun Nong Dan
Matthew Kang

18 Amazing Takeout and Delivery Options in LA’s Koreatown

Korean food, Argentine grilled meats, and Oaxacan specialties

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Cheese-covered spicy braised beef ribs at Sun Nong Dan
| Matthew Kang

In South Korea, takeout and delivery is already ingrained as a necessary element of dining culture. The clanging of the tofu lady’s bell and the folksy yells of “gimbaaaaap” from the sellers of those colorful bite-sized slices of rice and vegetables wrapped in dried seaweed still resonate through even Seoul’s most exclusive and upscale neighborhoods.

Multiple large, full-color glossy food delivery directories the size of phone books are delivered to apartment units in Seoul and serve as the analog equivalent of food delivery apps. For a cuisine that’s famous for convivial, communal dining in the form of Korean BBQ, Korean culture is exceptionally well equipped for dining in.

This culture, of course, carries over to LA’s Koreatown, where the city’s dizzying array of Korean food options find themselves in styrofoam boxes atop oil drums surrounded by huddled auto mechanic workers, or spread out on desks of back offices in the Fashion District, to white collar offices throughout the city where hustlers and go-getters tuck into some of the best takeout food the city has to offer.

Knowing where to order takeout from in Koreatown is usually spread through guerrilla marketing mailers, word-of-mouth or the Korea Daily newspaper. Until now. Without further ado, here are spots to order takeout like a Korean. Don’t forget to go old school with it — close that app and call these restaurants directly. (And yes, there are some great non-Korean options here too).

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Biergarten LA

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It’s not strictly traditional but Biergarten’s hefty gastropub fare is a quarantine party-starter, with the standout kalbi poutine and Korean fried chicken with radishes primed for takeout. They’re also offering beers (including some buy-one-get-one deals) to-go. Don’t forget to call their direct line.

H K Chicken

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HK Chicken is a cash-only stall inside the HK Supermarket serving only the foods that warm a certain Korean Eater writer’s heart. The menu is simple, a dose of Korean hygge in the form of un-sauced fried chicken wings, boonguh-bbang (red-bean-filled taiyaki/waffles shaped like a fish) and roasted sweet potatoes.

Hyesung Noodle House

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The runaway hit kalguksu purveyor is putting out its satisfying bowls of knife-cut noodle soup via takeout.

Jun Won Restaurant

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Jun Won’s eundaegu jorim (braised black cod with radish) travels quite well — add an array of banchan and some hot white rice it’s as classic a Korean takeout meal as it gets.

Chakan Sul Lung Tang

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Chakan Sul Lung Tang makes some of the cleanest tasting beef broth around. They offer their usual stellar rendition of seollungtang (Korean beef noodle soup) and the refrigerator also has pre-made, ready-to-heat sullungtang available for purchase; after all, seollungtang cravings don’t always coincide with takeout-friendly hours.

Seong Buk Dong

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They won’t let diners take the dolsot (stone pot) home with them, but the purveyor of some of the city’s most tender galbi-jjim (soy-braised short rib) and godeungeo (mackerel) dishes is ready to roll out the to-go boxes. And, of course, do not come home without the pan-fried haemul pajeon.

Sun Nong Dan

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Yes, the city’s most crowded purveyor of galbijjim and seollungtang is available for takeout. For a change-of-pace play, try the suyuk, or boiled meats — another take-home staple to be enjoyed with those bottles of soju definitely hiding in the back of the fridge somewhere.

OB Bear

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OB Bear’s chicken wings continue to be a source of comfort in uncertain times. Don’t sleep on their great pajeon and pan fried spicy octopus, the latter which comes with a bed of noodles for mixing.

Eighth Street Soondae

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Few dishes encapsulate Korean revelry like sundae (pronounced SOON-day). The fresh-steamed blood sausage itself is a staple of the pojangmacha (street food tents), and sundaeguk, a soup that incorporates the blood sausage into a hangover-curing elixir.

Sabores Oaxaqueños Restaurant

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Sabores Oaxaqueños comes from Valentín and Germán Granja serving not only classic Valles Centrales dishes, but also some harder to find flavors from Oaxaca’s Costa region. Order mole, tlayudas, and memelas to take home.

Aca Grill

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This family of Korean-Americans by way of Argentina has been putting out Argentinian-style Asado and feeding the hungry masses of the Fashion District and Koreatown for years. Individual plate portions and family-size packs are all available for takeout and delivery — make sure to call direct.

Jang Teo Bossam

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Bossam is a classic takeout dish in Korean cuisine and Jang Teo Bossam’s is plenty solid. Offered in multiple sizes (the small feeds two and the large feeds a very hungry two to four), make sure to ask for extra saeujeot, or fermented salted shrimp sauce.

Crab House

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The ganjang-gyejang (marinated raw crab) to rival (or according to some, outright surpass) Soban’s offering is on this humble little storefront off Vermont. Sashimi and marinated crabs are classic get-together fare in many Korean households.

Park's BBQ

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From the galbitang to the kimchijjigae to even the bulgogi, Park’s BBQ is slinging all the hits via takeout.

The Dragon

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Korean-Chinese takeout is as traditional Korean as it gets, with jjajangmyeon (Korean-Chinese-style black bean noodles), beef with green onions and sweet and sour pork all major hits. The Dragon (or Yong-Goong, as it’s known to Koreans) is an LA banquet institution and is keeping the lights on by moving takeout orders.

Surawon Tofu House

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Soondubu-jjigae is not the most common takeout food but it certainly travels well; the boiling hot jjigae and accoutrements can always be reheated to bubbling hot, the way it comes out at Surawon.

Jang Choong Dong Restaurant

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The city’s standard-bearer for Korean-style sliced pork trotters is bustling with takeout orders. Call ahead direct and resist the temptation to steal a couple slices on the way home.

Yangban Sul Lung Tang

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One of the Fashion District’s most beloved institutions, Yangban Sul Lung Tang is offering one of the best versions of the beef soup around. Get it with all the fixings, including a delicious kkakdoogee (radish kimchi).

Biergarten LA

It’s not strictly traditional but Biergarten’s hefty gastropub fare is a quarantine party-starter, with the standout kalbi poutine and Korean fried chicken with radishes primed for takeout. They’re also offering beers (including some buy-one-get-one deals) to-go. Don’t forget to call their direct line.

H K Chicken

HK Chicken is a cash-only stall inside the HK Supermarket serving only the foods that warm a certain Korean Eater writer’s heart. The menu is simple, a dose of Korean hygge in the form of un-sauced fried chicken wings, boonguh-bbang (red-bean-filled taiyaki/waffles shaped like a fish) and roasted sweet potatoes.

Hyesung Noodle House

The runaway hit kalguksu purveyor is putting out its satisfying bowls of knife-cut noodle soup via takeout.

Jun Won Restaurant

Jun Won’s eundaegu jorim (braised black cod with radish) travels quite well — add an array of banchan and some hot white rice it’s as classic a Korean takeout meal as it gets.

Chakan Sul Lung Tang

Chakan Sul Lung Tang makes some of the cleanest tasting beef broth around. They offer their usual stellar rendition of seollungtang (Korean beef noodle soup) and the refrigerator also has pre-made, ready-to-heat sullungtang available for purchase; after all, seollungtang cravings don’t always coincide with takeout-friendly hours.

Seong Buk Dong

They won’t let diners take the dolsot (stone pot) home with them, but the purveyor of some of the city’s most tender galbi-jjim (soy-braised short rib) and godeungeo (mackerel) dishes is ready to roll out the to-go boxes. And, of course, do not come home without the pan-fried haemul pajeon.

Sun Nong Dan

Yes, the city’s most crowded purveyor of galbijjim and seollungtang is available for takeout. For a change-of-pace play, try the suyuk, or boiled meats — another take-home staple to be enjoyed with those bottles of soju definitely hiding in the back of the fridge somewhere.

OB Bear

OB Bear’s chicken wings continue to be a source of comfort in uncertain times. Don’t sleep on their great pajeon and pan fried spicy octopus, the latter which comes with a bed of noodles for mixing.

Eighth Street Soondae

Few dishes encapsulate Korean revelry like sundae (pronounced SOON-day). The fresh-steamed blood sausage itself is a staple of the pojangmacha (street food tents), and sundaeguk, a soup that incorporates the blood sausage into a hangover-curing elixir.

Sabores Oaxaqueños Restaurant

Sabores Oaxaqueños comes from Valentín and Germán Granja serving not only classic Valles Centrales dishes, but also some harder to find flavors from Oaxaca’s Costa region. Order mole, tlayudas, and memelas to take home.

Aca Grill

This family of Korean-Americans by way of Argentina has been putting out Argentinian-style Asado and feeding the hungry masses of the Fashion District and Koreatown for years. Individual plate portions and family-size packs are all available for takeout and delivery — make sure to call direct.

Jang Teo Bossam

Bossam is a classic takeout dish in Korean cuisine and Jang Teo Bossam’s is plenty solid. Offered in multiple sizes (the small feeds two and the large feeds a very hungry two to four), make sure to ask for extra saeujeot, or fermented salted shrimp sauce.

Crab House

The ganjang-gyejang (marinated raw crab) to rival (or according to some, outright surpass) Soban’s offering is on this humble little storefront off Vermont. Sashimi and marinated crabs are classic get-together fare in many Korean households.

Park's BBQ

From the galbitang to the kimchijjigae to even the bulgogi, Park’s BBQ is slinging all the hits via takeout.

The Dragon

Korean-Chinese takeout is as traditional Korean as it gets, with jjajangmyeon (Korean-Chinese-style black bean noodles), beef with green onions and sweet and sour pork all major hits. The Dragon (or Yong-Goong, as it’s known to Koreans) is an LA banquet institution and is keeping the lights on by moving takeout orders.

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Surawon Tofu House

Soondubu-jjigae is not the most common takeout food but it certainly travels well; the boiling hot jjigae and accoutrements can always be reheated to bubbling hot, the way it comes out at Surawon.

Jang Choong Dong Restaurant

The city’s standard-bearer for Korean-style sliced pork trotters is bustling with takeout orders. Call ahead direct and resist the temptation to steal a couple slices on the way home.

Yangban Sul Lung Tang

One of the Fashion District’s most beloved institutions, Yangban Sul Lung Tang is offering one of the best versions of the beef soup around. Get it with all the fixings, including a delicious kkakdoogee (radish kimchi).

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