Chego

Restaurants, Fusion Chinatown
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Kimchi spam bowl at Chego

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Chego

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Chego

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Chego

It's all about the rice bowls at Chego, Roy Choi's popular comfort food spot inside Far East Plaza. Head here for lunch or dinner, where you'll find dishes like the kimchi spam bowl (butter-fried kimchi, Spam, scrambled eggs and baby bok choy) or the chubby pork belly (kochujang-lacquered Kurobuta pork belly rice bowl with a fried egg, pickled radishes, water spinach, Chinese broccoli, cotija and peanuts). 

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Venue name: Chego
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Address: 727 North Broadway
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Opening hours: Tue-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-9pm
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wordofmouthla
tastemaker

Chego!: One of Roy Choi's destinations in Chinatown's Far East Plaza sitting across from the ever so popular Howlin' Ray's - which is amazing. Chego! serves up some Asian-fusion dishes. I've only been here twice and I've ordered the same thing. It's not that I'm not adventurous, but I really like their burgers and fries. Such a typical American meal, am I right? But let's get down to business, his burger and fries are anything but typical.

The "Exhibit A" burger is a juicy monstrosity. A  1/2 lb. patty with the works: cheese, mayo, fried shallots, wild arugula and Thai basil. What really stands out is the chili sauce. That sauce tied everything together and was running down the sides of the burger - expect to get dirty. The ooey gooey fries are pretty ridiculous. They're beer battered and loaded. French fries coated in a melted blanket of shredded cheeses, smothered in a sour cream-sambal and topped with chilies, cilantro and pickled garlic. All of this is amazing and I couldn't get enough of the pickled garlic cloves. I love garlic. I've had this exact same order the two times I've been here with the exception that during my first visit I tried the chocolate tres leches cake. It sounded delicious but didn't meet my expectations of a tres leches cake. I've had plenty and it's one of my favorites but I think the problem was that the cake didn't properly soak up the milks so it was a dry.

Cake aside, the food is great. I need to get around to trying out other items on the menu. And don't make Chego! your consolation prize if the line at Howlin' Ray's is too long. Go because you want to try it out or you may not enjoy your meal - just a word of advice.

Damara P
tastemaker

The Kogi truck is my be all and end all food truck, so I was not the least bit surprised by how much I enjoyed my meal at Chego. Honestly, I only ended up there because the line at Howlin' Rays was inconceivable (90 minutes for fried chicken??? I think not). Still, Chego did not disappoint. I was starving, but the portions are so large at Chego that my friend and I instantly regretted getting both a rice bowl and gooey fries. No regrets though. I got the beef bowl and all the ingredients (whatever they were!) blended seamlessly. I mixed in a healthy dollop of sriracha and I was in heaven. Prices are a bit high ($13-15 for a bowl) and the location is super tiny, but given the flavor and portion size, its still worth it. I'd definitely come back.

Steven K

Affordable and extremely tasty. Each dish packs a unique but flavorful punch, you can't go wrong. The vibe is fun and casual. Bonus: The outdoor seating area is BYOB!

tiffinunboxed
tastemaker

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
moderator

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
moderator

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.