I spent three years in Seoul, South Korea, during which time I took for granted what is probably the heartiest food on the planet. I miss galbi (갈비, barbecue) gimbap (김밥, Korean sushi), boiling stews (찌게), dolsat bimimbap (돌솥비빔밥, rice and vegetables, still cooking, served in a hot stone bowl) and having kimchi with every meal. Fortunately there’s a proper Korean restaurant in La Paz.
Corea Town, located on 2132 Avenida Arce, is the most authentic Korean restaurant I’ve eaten at outside of the Republic of Korea. You will pay for this authenticity (around 60 bolivianos for a stew or bibimbap) but if you’re going to splurge, it’s worth it.
Every detail, down to stone bowls, is just right. A generous helping of typical Korean side dishes is served with the meal. Only the tiny potatoes remind you you’re in Bolivia. The chopsticks are wooden, not metal, but it’s nothing to get worked up about when the rice, vegetables and soft tofu are prepared faithfully. Most Korean favorites, such as nengmyeon (냉면, cold, spicy noodles), jaeuk (제육, spicy pork) and samgyeopsal (삼겹살 , strips of fatty pork, barbecued and eaten with rice and lettuce or sesame leaf) are available. There’s even soju (소주, sweet potato liquor) if you’d like a real Korean hangover to go with your meal.
Prices start from 30 Bolivianos for a main dish.