Where to eat out in Koreatown, LA: Chef Chris Oh

Chris Oh is one of Los Angeles' new breed of rockstar chefs. He founded or co-founded award-winning food trucks and eateries, including the Seoul Sausage Co – an award-winning food truck, Hanjip Korean barbecue restaurant in Culver City, Nomad Kitchen on Hollywood Boulevard and EsCaLA K-town, a "Columbian Korean Restobar". He is the winner of multiple television competition shows, and a TV personality, author and clothing designer. See escalaktown.com; chefchrisoh.com

FAVOURITE TABLE

It'd have to be Han Bat Shul Lung Tang for Seolleongtang, which is a beef bone broth soup. The restaurant has been around forever and the recipe still remains mostly unchanged, which is pretty magical. Seolleongtang has long been a Korean remedy soup and the way it's made takes quite a few hours as it's boiled overnight to bring out the strongest flavours. I like adding brisket to mine for something a little extra. No website; 4163 W 5th St, Los Angeles

LOCAL FOOD DISCOVERY

Ondal 2 serves one of the best spicy crab soups I've had in a while. It's the complete experience and feels like you're eating a three-course meal from one hot pot. First, they start by placing blue crabs inside the soup and boiling it at the table, and then once you've eaten most of your crab and some of the soup, they'll then add more soup and hand-cut noodles, which turns it into a tasty spicy noodle soup. To finish, they then serve a crab-flavoured fried rice, flavoured by the pot itself. It doesn't disappoint. No website; 4566 W Washington Blvd

BEST-KEPT FOOD SECRET 

OB Bear's fried chicken wings. They're the best! They use a traditional Korean-style batter, which means the wings are perfectly crispy. The restaurant is also located in an old converted tavern, which keeps things interesting and adds to the experience. No website; 3002 W 7th St

MUST TRY DISH

The house-made steamed dumplings at Myung Dong Kyoja are a must. This place resembles an old school classroom, which is part of its charm. It's also open late, perfect for those late night cravings. See mdkyojausa.com

FAVOURITE INDULGENCE

The Soju from Toe Bang is up there. Pronounced toe bahng, this place pulls in the young, hip Korean crowd. Think dimmed lights, K-Pop beats, good food and, of course, drinks. See 3465 W 6th St #110

A BIG NIGHT OUT

Start the night off with drinks at Toe Bang, then head to a local nightclub like Break Room 86. Owned by K-Town natives, Mark and Jonnie Houston (The Houston Brothers), Break Room 86 is the full Korean speakeasy experience with a secret entrance and '80s themed bar. Follow this by a visit to the karaoke bar Recital and then finish your night off with a late night snack at BCD Tofu House, which is open 24 hours of course. See breakroom86.com; bcdtofu.com

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Dinnertime – between 8pm and 10pm. In Korean culture you eat and drink at the same time and location. I'd recommend visiting during this timeframe to get the real Korean culture immersion through Koreatown.

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