From Korean-Mexican taco trucks to brick-and-mortars (now, four and counting) Roy Choi (of the legendary Kogi) has reached cult status in this town. And with the reopening of Chego, Choi fans make the pilgrimage from Palms to Chinatown to "go bowling...with rice." Rice bowls are packed with gourmet-meets-comfort food combos such as Spam, kimichi, scrambled eggs and bok choy ($8) and the veg-friendly Leafy T ($8) of chile, garlic and tofu rice topped with fried egg, Thai basil, water spinach, Chinese broccoli and fried shallots. The Chubby Pork Belly ($9)—red pepper paste-flavored Kurobuta pork mixed with fried egg, pickled radishes, water spinach, Chinese broccoli, cotija cheese and chopped peanuts—hits a strike every time. The Dude better watch his back.
The best dishes in Los Angeles don't always come topped with truffle shavings or wrapped in bacon. To satisfy our hunger pains (and—ahem—gourmet taste buds), we hit the spot with meal-in-a-bowl rice bowls. And with the recent opening of Shophouse (one of our Hollywood's best restaurant bets), we think these humble bowls will reach new, trending status. From spicy Thai and haute Korean to gluten-free and vegan, here are five rice bowls to try now.
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