Get top-notch Korean porridge at Bonjuk, says rameniac, who experienced their juk recently for lunch.
The quality of the rice and other ingredients make this place stand out. There’s a mind-boggling selection–we’re not talking about Quaker Oats here. Most are savory porridges filled with generous chunks of abalone and mushroom; or octopus and kimchi, surprisingly delicious; or beef and mushroom. You get a few kinds of kimchi, including water kimchi, with each bowl, and some salty shredded beef.
Make sure to get the Korean plum juice for dessert–flavorful and unusual.
Premium porridge ain’t cheap, however. The least expensive bowl is $8, the most expensive $30–that’s the special abalone, as distinct from the regular abalone, which is a mere $16.
Parking note: Go ahead and park in the “medical plaza” lot behind the building. The restaurant validates.
A completely different school of juk is at San, a beloved dive where the rice porridge is thick and spartan, the abalone’s authenticity a little shady, and you get a (raw) egg to break into the whole thing.
3551 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
San/Mountain Cafe [Koreatown]
3064 W. 8th St., Los Angeles 90005