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Found: westside Al Bap

mungus | Mar 1, 2008 05:43 PM

Went to Koba, that new Korean place on the Northeast corner of Sawtelle & National where Red Moon used to be.

They have Al Bap! Only they spell it Ar Bap on the menu. It was a bit sweet, but fairly tasty. A virtual rainbow of fish eggs frosted the rice - tiny red, green black roe and bigger pearls of salmon roe too. There was also a sector of shredded tamago, aka regular egg, and seaweed piled on. Sparkling and pretty, the assortment of colors. I think next time I'll ask for the hot red bean paste to throw on there. I think it was $13.

As an aside, we also had the seafood pancake which was greasy, crispy and delicious, but heavy, and the spicy soup with noodles. Oh, and the vegetable bibimbap which was more like a salad with seasoned rice on top - a great dish for a lighter summer meal.

Yes, Koreatown has a notch better food, but this is still pretty fine, and the variety for such a small place, is impressive.

Next time, I think I'll also try the yook hwe, the beef tartar.

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