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Nam Won Gol

Stan | Aug 10, 200405:55 PM

There's a lot of great food in Koreatown. I got lunch at Nam Won Gol (3523 W Pico Blvd between Western and Crenshaw, (323) 733-5700). It has a dozen tables and a small menu mostly of seafood stews bubbling in stone pots. I got the boiled cod in soy sauce. It doesn't sound like much, but it was excellent. There were five panchan: fried tofu with green chilis in a brown sauce (excellent), a salad (very good), sprouts (good), dried anchovies (okay), and kim chee (which I didn't care for). There was also some sort of fermented vegetable and tofu soup in a stone pot; it was an acquired taste but I acquired it pretty quickly. Then the fish, which came with a tofu and a couple of rather good potato-like vegetables in a spicy red sauce that had a clear soy sauce element and much else. The sauce was remarkably complicated, and went especially well with the purple seasoned rice. The fish required some parsing of bones but was excellent as well. The place is evidently very popular at lunch; I haven't been for dinner. The only drawback is that the lady who was running the place isn't very nice, though the other staff people are fine.

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