Jang Toh Restaurant in Koreatown is like an American diner. Instead of classic American diner food, it’s delicious authentic Korean food.
A few weeks ago, my friend and I had a two hour lunch. She wanted to eat Korean food, but she wasn’t as familiar with Koreatown like I am. She also didn’t want to eat the go-to staple; Korean Barbeque. Instead, she wanted to try something different. So I took her to Jang Toh Restaurant, because the Korean food is made with tender loving care, the prices are more than reasonable, and the service is always friendly. But the main reason why I took her there was because of their Bossam. Jang Toh Restarant happens to be my second favorite place to eat this Korean delicacy. For the cost of $9 at lunch, Bossam with an array of tasty banchan is a classic Korean cold dish to eat in the summer.
In my opinion, Bosaam is like Korea’s version of lettuce wraps. It’s a brined Boston pork butt that has been boiled for hours until tender. Thinly sliced, it’s served cold and accompanied with Napa cabbage leaves and pickled Daikon radish (your wrapper).
I showed my friend how to eat Bosaam. It’s pretty easy, but she wanted to be culturally correct after noticing that she was the only Caucasian in the room. Basically, you grab a piece of cabbage and top it with a piece of pork and your choice of garlic paste or red chili paste. To add a little more flare, simply add some Banchan like kimchi or, from the condiment caddy, grab some vinegary, salted shrimp paste with a few sprinkles of pink Himalayan sea salt. Then eat!
My friend enjoyed eating Bosaam for the first time. She coincidentally ate her entire plate, because she didn’t want to show disrespect for leaving anything on it.
Jang Toh Restaurant has many other affordable Korean dishes to choose from. The prices at lunch range from $4 to $14; of course, dinner prices are slightly higher. For the fearless Foodie, I recommend ordering one of restaurant’s more exotic dishes (which I also enjoy eating); Soondae, a blood sausage soup that is served in a hot stone bowl. This stew has bits of intestines for that added offally goodness. Just remember to add salt.
Jang Toh Restaurant
857 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005
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