After 30-odd years with literally no Korean food in my life, I've spent my first year in L.A. learning the basics of Korean food. I've done bimbimbap and Kyochon and BBQ. I've developed opinions on banchan (more places should serve the tiny dried fish). I feel like I've passed Koreatown 101.
Still, I feel like I've barely scratched the surface of Korean food, and find the sheer number of joints in Koreatown to be overwhelming. So, help me out. What's next? What are some dishes and places to take my knowledge to the next level?
(I love spicy food, am adventuresome in my eating and am certainly not a vegetarian. I don't mind spending money but love holes-in-the-wall. I know absolutely no Korean.)