Name: Jang Teo Bossam (although the small English on the sign outside reads “Jang Tuh Bossam”)
What dish represents the restaurant, and why? As the name suggests, bossam is the signature dish. Bossam is Korean steamed sliced pork eaten with napa cabbage leaves or wrapped in lettuce or perilla leaves. Theirs is served old-school with salted napa cabbage leaves, pickled daikons and kimchi filling. The restaurant also does soondae (Korean blood sausage), bulgogi, and other Korean menu items. Skip the jokbal (pig feet).
Concept: Casual joint for bossam, soondae and other Korean dishes with no English menu
Who’s at the next table? Ahjuhssi (middle-aged Korean men) have loud conversations with friends over their soju while stuffing their red faces with sliced pork.
Appropriate for: An affordable lunch alone or a casual meal with friends
Uh-oh: The menu has no English translations, although there are pictures for the major dishes on the wall. Certain menu items like ddeokbokgi (spicy rice cake sticks) and bibimbap (mixed rice bowls) are posted on the wall in Korean only.
Service: Most of the ladies speak limited English, but service is quick, if not very attentive. If you want something, just call out “yeogiyo” (which means “Over here!”) to one of the servers.
What are you drinking? Wash it all down with shots of soju or share a bottle of Korean beer.
Info: 857 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles. 213-387-2241. No website.
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