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Cham Korean Bistro

851 Cordova St. (Lake Ave.) Send to Phone
Sleek looking Korean neighborhood eatery with a menu that lends modern touches to traditional favorites.
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Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat.

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Dining room at Cham Korean Bistro, Pasadena, CA

Cham Korean Bistro Restaurant Review

: This venture of fashion designer Kimmy Song further proves that Korean cuisine has gone mainstream in L.A. Cham is a particularly hip space for a small neighborhood joint, with communal tables paired with sleek blonde wood chairs and a minimalist silvery-grey palette enhanced with polished wood accents. Begin with tofu pockets, akin to inari sushi, filled with fresh crab meat, raw tuna or pickled seaweed. Other small dishes include steamed buns (similar to what is traditionally served with Peking duck) filled with spicy pork, beef or chicken, and some innovative Korean tapas are offered at night, including deep-fried pork belly. Among entrées are bibimbap (sliced meat or spicy tuna served in a big bowl with lettuce, vegetables and rice or zesty buckwheat noodles). Toss it all together (bibimbap translates into “mixed meal”) with sesame oil and hot sauce for a healthy, satisfying dish. Bulgogi (traditional marinated beef), the classic Korean barbecue, arrives sizzling in a cast iron skillet with lettuce leaves and condiments for wrapping. Finish with caramel cheesecake or a beer ice cream float.

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