Imagine a mixture of rice, egg, fish or meat, seaweed, kimchi, and all of your other favorite banchan served in a box. Your mind might not be able to put a name on it. Bento box? Wrong. Lunch box? Close, but boring. Dosiraks? Now we’re on board.
Dosiraks are a common meal in Korea that are packed at home or purchased on-the-go to be enjoyed at work, school, or even a picnic. A typical dosirak includes rice, a main dish with fish or meat, a selection of banchan (Korean side dishes), soup, and maybe even a salad. Unless the lunch box is separated by compartments, which is often the case, most will shake the lunch box up before enjoying it so that all of the elements are mixed together as one.
A couple of great spots have closed due to the pandemic, but lucky for you, there are still plenty of places where you can get your fix. Keep reading for five dosiraks you can get in Koreatown.
3177 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
This family-owned restaurant serves healthy Korean food that not only tastes good but leaves you feeling good as well. They offer a large selection of dosirak mains, including bulgogi, kalbi, grilled pork patty, short rib, spicy pork, braised abalone, or fried fish. Aside from the mains, their dosirak includes 11 total items, including japchae or salad, kimchi, a Korean omelet, a daily cold soup, a choice of white or Korean purple rice, and more.
Walk-ins welcome. Takeout available. Open Monday-Saturday from 9am-8pm
856 Vermont Ave B, Los Angeles, CA 90005
For over 20 years, Soowon Galbi has been a household name, and not just for their Korean BBQ. When restaurants weren’t open for dine-in last year, like most, if not all, businesses, Soowon Galbi relied on takeout to survive. They added dosiraks to their menu as a quick and convenient way to enjoy their food, with mains like their signature garlic-soy marinated galbi, chicken, spicy pork, and bulgogi. Also included are rice, japchae noodles, three choices from their daily rotation of banchan, and a cup of their daily soup, tucked in its own corner of the box.
Walk-ins welcome. Takeout available. Open Sunday-Thursday from 11:30am-9:30pm, and Friday-Saturday from 11:30am-10pm
© Magal BBQ
3460 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
We all know you’re going to get looks if a dosirak arrives at your table at a KBBQ restaurant, especially one as good as Magal, but what’s great about these lunch boxes is that they’re made to-go, so takeout is an option if you want to enjoy it without any judgment. Magal opens later in the day, but you still don’t want to miss out on their dosiraks, served with a side of cold Korean noodles and a selection of four mains including mapo beef galbi, grilled spicy chicken, grilled spicy pork, and bulgogi.
Walk-ins welcome. Takeout available. Open Monday-Wednesday from 5pm-10pm, Thursday from 5pm-11pm, Friday from 5pm-12am, Saturday from 3pm-12am, and Sunday from 3pm-10pm
© Tiffany C./Yelp
357 S Western Ave #101, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Some may say Cho Mak is a hidden gem that you can easily miss, but once you find it, you’ll never miss it again, and with their generous portions and affordable prices, the dosiraks here are truly a steal. Known for their grilled fish, you can have it as a main for your dosirak served with their black rice and banchan of course. If mackerel is not your first choice, opt for their bulgogi, chicken, or stir-fried squid as a main.
Walk-ins welcome. Takeout available. Open 7 days a week from 10am-12am
Road to Seoul
1230 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
On the border of Koreatown and Harvard Heights is Road to Seoul, another spot known where KBBQ is their specialty and dosiraks serve as an extra treat to their already stacked menu. You can sample their prime meats in their dosiraks, including beef brisket, bulgogi, spicy bulgogi, LA galbi, spicy pork bulgogi, chicken bulgogi, and spicy chicken bulgogi. In your lunch box, you’ll also find rice, salad, japchae, steamed egg, and three choices of banchan: potato salad, fishcakes, and a daily vegetable.