Those of you who don’t live in Los Angeles may not have heard of Kogi, the Korean taco truck. It’s the latest food craze in our silly town. It’s just like it sounds–a Korean taco truck, serving up fun delights like galbi tacos and tofu burritos. You check their website or twitter to see where they’re going to be, then you rush over and stand in line with the rest of those in-the-know.
I went late, late on a Thursday night and found a huge line of Silverlake/Echo Park hipsters and one group of middle aged Korean ladies standing behind me complaining about the price of the sodas (although I have to agree that 2 bucks for a can of Coke is a bit excessive!). I was curious and I was doing research for an assignment for a magazine, edible Los Angeles.
I didn’t have my camera on me, so I didn’t get a picture of the truck, but I did get a couple of shots of the tacos and burritos when I got home.
OK, so was it good? Yes, everything was pretty tasty. But was it worth standing in line for nearly an hour? I would have to say NO (but then again, I hate having to wait for food!).
It was clear to me that Chef Roy knew his Korean food well
(I especially thought the kimchi fried rice in the pork burrito was a nice touch)
But he doesn’t seem to know his way around Mexican food. Maybe because my parents had a Mexican market when I was growing up. Maybe because I’m writing a Mexican cookbook right now. Maybe my expectations were too high.
I wanted more of a true fusion taste–some cilantro, a wedge of lime, some spicy jalapeno, some pico de gallo–something to make it a surprising and delightful marriage of Korean and Mexican. It wasn’t a marriage of anything. It was mostly Korean flavors wrapped up in a tortilla.
And $2 for those tiny little tacos? I’d have to eat $20 worth to satisfy my hunger. I’ll just have to make some of my own, I guess. I’ll let you know when I work out a good recipe.
But for those of you who don’t have marinated galbi just ready to go in your fridge, it’s definitely a food adventure worth trying. Just be ready to wait in line and check out the latest fashion trends in L.A.!