Mom & Bop is a family-run Korean Asian Kitchen located across Pico Boulevard from Santa Monica College in a strip mall called Pico Center. Chef Michelle Yum’s mix-and-match menu specializes 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.