Choe Gang Jip Soy Jokbal (Dose of Vitamin P)

Korean Food Los Angeles

Alexandria Plaza has become one of Koreatown’s most buzzworthy strip malls thanks to Sun Nong Dan’s hearty stews and Hangari Bajirak Kalgooksoo’s house-made noodle soups. Choe Gang Jip showcases different dishes, centering on jokbal, marinated and grilled pig trotter.

Chef Jong Won Paik has “many well-known restaurants in Korea” and a wall of framed Korean press to prove it. The glass-fronted space features red corrugated metal and faux stone walls, wood tables, photo and wall-mounted menus, and an exhibition kitchen that reveals a sea of sheet trays piled with bony pig’s feet.

Spicy jokbal stars trotters slathered with gochujang. I opted for Soy Jokbal ($13.99 small) featuring pig’s feet marinated in soy sauce and fire-grilled. The marinade achieved good absorption, penetrating chewy, collagen-rich skin to the bone. Between bones, I cadged tiny nuggets of meat and crunchy cartilage. If you’re willing to put in a serious jaw workout and don’t mind a range of food textures, Choe Gang Jip’s jokbal is a good bet.

Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.

Address: 3470 W 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Choe Gang Jip Soy Jokbal (Dose of Vitamin P)

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