Mix-and-match with Mom & Bop, a family-run Korean Asian Kitchen located across Pico Boulevard from Santa Monica College in a strip mall called Pico Center. The menu specialize in salads and bowls, but customers will also find appetizers like pastrami kimchi rolls, shishito peppers with yuzu sesame, and dumplings in chile oil. I was torn between Fat Belly, Bomb Galbi, and Wake Up Breakfast, but ultimately opted for the richest, most photogenic selection.
Fat Belly ($12.95) features tender slabs of meaty marinated pork belly, mixed greens, sweet corn, julienne carrots, edamame, crunchy cucumber kimchi, crispy onions, punchy kimchi chimichurri, and sesame seeds. Each bowl comes with a choice of base, either kale, brown rice, purple rice, or glass noodles. I suggest hearty rice stained purple with colorful grains. Sliced soy-pickled egg ($1) with a soft, sticky yolk is the only supplement worth considering.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.