Koreatown: Kimchi Fried Rice at Toe Bang
In Chapman Plaza, the same shopping center as Kang Hodong Baekjeong, Escala and Quarters BBQ is the amusingly named Toe Bang Cafe. I’ve seen it for years and always heard it was a good stop to get a drink while waiting out the long lines for Baejeong. A check into local reviews reveal people specifically go there to eat so I thought it was high time to check it out.
They’re best known for kimchi fried rice and the stews. I’d thought it be fun to get some skewers too…
I have to say, stick with the kimchi fried rice which was done so well. We’re having a kimchi fried rice moment in Los Angeles right now but I say old school is best.
The gizzards skewers were just too dried out. And the mushrooms were just okay. We ate more kimchi fried rice.
Then the main star arrived. We opted for the beef and octopus stew though I thought we should have maybe tried the military stew (budae jiggae) but we played it safe. Good thing we did! We got a ton of beef, tofu, octopus as well as udon and the occasional rice cake. With a mess of green onions and enoki mushrooms. I could have used some Korean greens like perrila and chrysanthemum leaves but it was still a very fine stew. The portion was also massive and would be enough for four people.
Perhaps next time, we’ll actually participate in the soju. Toe Bang gives you juicers which is very classy. You won’t accidentally squeeze juice in someone’s eye when you squeeze wedges or try to make an ad hoc juicer from a soju cap.
Toe Bang Cafe3465 W 6th St, Ste 110, Los Angeles, CA 90020 — (213) 387-4905 © The Minty 2016