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A best-kept Koreatown secret: Where to get freshly pressed sesame oil
A best-kept Koreatown secret: Where to get freshly pressed sesame oil

Mr. Chong doesn't want me to tell you about his store (or even to tell me his first name). In fact, he doesn't want you to come at all. When I ask him for permission to take some photos for the Los Angeles Times, he refuses -- and almost chases me out of his store. I ask him why, but he doesn't answer. I suspect it's because he is embarrassed about his lack of English. He doesn't want the hassle of having to deal with non-Koreans. I understand, but I'm still sharing my secret place with you. This is the only place I get my sesame oil. Chong has been my sesame oil dealer for years. Chong's is a humble little storefront located in that strange area...

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