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Kimchi spam bowl at Chego

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman


Photograph: Jakob N. Layman


Photograph: Jakob N. Layman


Kimchi fans will revel in this popular outpost by Roy Choi (the legendary founder of Kogi BBQ food trucks), which serves up rice bowls packed with heavy-duty toppings like prime rib, pork belly and chicarrones.

Venue name: Chego
Address: 727 North Broadway
Los Angeles

Opening hours: 11-11pm Tue-Sat; 11am-9pm Sun
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In the past I've had a few of Chego's rice bowls. Chef Roy Choi mixes flavors and textures brilliantly, otherwise the "everything but the kitchen sink" ingredient list would not work. The most recent dish I tried, along with a group of friends that really delivered are the Ooey Gooey Fries.

For a long time, the name alone intimidated me, in terms of how decadent they must be. And I enjoy a crispy French Fry. Well, this dish is simultaneously gooey and crunchy. Perfection in terms of fries. If you like nachos, this dish will sing to you.

As always, there are Asian touches in the ingredients. They start with beer-battered fries. Like some of the rice bowls, there is a seasoned sour cream, this time with sambal (hot sauce with chillies and a vinegary / fish or shrimp paste touch). There are not one but three cheeses, two with great meltability and one most likely for flavor - monterey jack, cheddar, cottage. And the masterpiece is rounded out with toppings of chillies, fresh cilantro and pickled garlic.

It is definitely ooey, gooey, but has a lot of texture too. There is even a meaty type texture which I thought might even be crab! I couldn't quite place what I was eating while I tasted them, but knew it melded perfectly into a delicious bite. 

Jakob N. Layman

Gosh, I don't really even know where to start when describing a rice bowl at Chego. I guess you really just need to know that they're big, filling, and super delicious. If I worked nearby I would come here for lunch as often as possible. 

Michael J

Happiness is a rice bowl from Chego. The Sour Cream Hen House—or, you know, a chicken bowl—is my favorite thanks to its spicy sour cream. For now at least, the menu here is a few dollars cheaper than the new location inside of DTLA's Whole Foods.