Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 389-7300 http://www.yelp.com/biz/kobawoo-house-los-angeles
I love bossam – it’s the Korean dish of sliced pork that you wrap together with pickled radish, kimchi in a napa cabbage leaf. Kobawoo House has been on my “to-eat” list for a while, with its glowing Yelp reviews. Finally had a chance to try it out recently!
Kobawoo House is located in a large strip mall, just past 7th Street, on Vermont. It’s best to take advantage of the parking valet, which is $1.50, than to try to find your own parking. The restaurant itself is medium sized, but with lots of business. Not sure if they take reservations, so be prepared for a 20-30 minute wait. While you wait, there’s a coffee machine by the front door that you can press for complimentary coffee, latte or hot chocolate!
The banchans (side dishes). The side dishes were really tasty and flavorful. You can ask for seconds!
We saw that fellow Yelpers also recommended the seafood pancake (haemul pajun), so that’s what we ordered. It’s a huge pancake filled with shrimp, oyster, squid and crabmeat. There was a lot of seafood, but the pancake wasn’t as crispy on the outside as I would’ve liked. $15.99
We ordered the Wang Bosam, which is their special dish. It’s basically the deluxe bosam platter. It comes with the boiled pork, steamed skate (a fish) and glazed pork feet. Before the bosam platter was out, the glazed pork feet came out first — it’s spicy cucumber mixed with sliced pork feet. Very refreshing!
The huge bosam platter! Kobawoo has some of the best kimchi I’ve tasted – perfectly fermented without it being overly spicy. Just add a bit of everything to the napa cabbage leaf, and eat it like a burrito! The kimchi was so great with the boiled pork – it took away the greasiness and porkiness of the meat. Yum! The steamed skate (in the bowl) was good too, but the main star was definitely the pork! $33.99
The bosam platter comes with rice – you can request for the purple rice, without extra charge. It’s basically purple rice, cooked with some beans. It’s chewier than white rice and accompanies the banchans very well.
Just a warning, portions are very generous. Three of us shared the above dishes, and only managed to finish half of everything. The leftovers still tasted great the next day! ^ ^