Ham Ji Park & Los Angeles’ Best Pork Ribs

Ham Ji Park (HJP) is a staple of Los Angeles Korea Town like the service bell at every Korean restaurant.  What can I say about HJP that hasn’t been said before?  

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The restaurant is small and probably has 10 tables max.  There’s parking in the back and on the street.  It’s the typical Korean restaurant with crappy furniture but good food.  They have the annoying service button I’m sure Korean waiters and waitresses have nightmares about every night.  Well, at least with me.  I would have went bat shit crazy after a few times.

Now, the food.  The food is delicious.

  1. Ribs – The fatty pork ribs with a sweet glazed fell off the bone like Humpty Dumpty after a few Irish car bombs.  It’s arguably one of the best ribs that Los Angeles has to offer.  It’ll make Tony Roma slap his mom.
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    Pork Ribs
  2. Pork Belly – The juicy and fatty pork belly had a bite to them similar to a pit bull if you look at it the wrong way.  They didn’t add any marination or spices and it was all the natural flavors the pork.  The awesome part of the pork belly is it’s cooked on a pig shaped grill.  The irony in that.
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    Pork Belly
  3. Pork Neck Soup – The pork neck soup is full of flavor.  The tender pork neck morsels fell off the bone and filled with the flavors of the perfectly cooked stew.  The thick stew was comforting and soothing like a couple of bottles of wine after a long 4 hours of work.
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    Pork Neck Soup

Overall, nothing much cause HJP lives up to the hype.   Ham Ji Park is a restaurant that rarely get any media attention but is extremely popular with the locals.  There’s a reason why Anthony Bourdain loves Los Angeles for its Korean food.   Ham Ji Park a perfect example of Korean comfort food.  It’s almost as perfect as Soju.

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  • 7/10
    Service - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Presentation - 7/10
  • 8.5/10
    Flavors - 8.5/10
  • 5/10
    Decor - 5/10
  • 5/10
    Ambiance - 5/10
6.5/10

Summary

Ham Ji Park (HJP) is a staple of Los Angeles Korea Town like the service bell at every Korean restaurant. All grill and no frills. Ham Ji Park a perfect example of Korean comfort food.

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