4 top options for affordable Korean fare in Los Angeles

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Looking for a tasty Korean meal near you?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Korean restaurants around Los Angeles, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture when cravings strike.

1. Genki Grill

Topping the list is Genki Grill. Located at 6355 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Grove, the Korean spot is the highest-rated cheap Korean restaurant in Los Angeles, boasting 4.5 stars out of 132 reviews on Yelp. On the menu, look for bibimbap or spicy pork bowl with rice and vegetables.

2. Hong Kong Ban Jum 0410 / Paik's Noodle

Next up is Koreatown's Hong Kong Ban Jum 0410 / Paik's Noodle, situated at 3470 W. Sixth St., Suite 11. With 4.5 stars out of 548 reviews on Yelp, the Korean and Chinese spot, offering noodles and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a cheap option. The restaurant serves gunmandu (fried dumplings), jaengban jajang (stir-fried noodles in black bean sauce) and jjamppong (spicy seafood noodle soup).

Yelper Sari K., who reviewed Hong Kong Ban Jum 0410 / Paik's Noodle on Feb. 19, wrote, "...Holy wow, this is next-level jajangmyeon. You get wood ear mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, mini corn, onions, squid, shrimp and pork. The pork pieces are very small and few but still tender and delicious."

Bob B. noted, "Tasty jjajangmyon. Unique flavors compared to most others."

3. The Kimbap

Koreatown's The Kimbap, located at 400 S. Western Ave., Suite 102, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the cheap Korean spot 4.5 stars out of 533 reviews. The menu features deep-fried, boiled or steamed dumplings, rice cakes, fish cakes, rice bowls and noodle bowls.

4. The Bun Shop

The Bun Shop, a Korean and Asian fusion spot in Koreatown, is another high-traffic, low-priced go-to, with four stars out of 1,561 Yelp reviews. Head over to 151 N. Western Ave. to see for yourself. The Bun Shop, founded in 2010, is an extension of The Bun Truck, a popular LA food truck. It specializes in Korean-inspired bao buns and shared plates, such as spicy pig bao, gyoza nachos and garlic shrimp rice bowl. View the menu here.


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