Holiday shopping Korean taco eaters line up at the Kogi truck
Jeez, the L.A. food world moves fast. Only about two weeks since the Kogi BBQ Korean taco truck started feeding the voracious taco eaters of L.A., and I'm already feeling behind since I haven't tried it yet. I'd heard that the tacos were delicious, but that if you sign up for their Twitter feed, you might hear a little too often about where they're parked. Since I'm still Twitterless, I waited until the truck appeared on my route home at the Sunset Junction holiday fair Friday night and picked up two shortrib and two spicy pork tacos ($2 each). The kimchee and sesame leaf quesadilla special also sounded interesting, but I stuck with the tacos. Sam and I happily devoured them all, and he doesn't even much like spicy food. The spicy pork had just a touch of spice and the shredded pork was tender in a savory sauce, almost reminiscent of cochnita pibil. Shortrib or bulgogi was in kind of large chunks; the meat itself was a little plain and chewy but with the shredded cabbage and sauce on top, it made a lovely package. It would be even more awesome if the kalbi had that sweet, carmelized edge it gets when you cook it yourself in a restaurant, but hey, it's a truck, not a full on barbecue restaurant, albeit one run by real chefs.
"Why didn't you think of this?," a guy playfully harangued his girlfriend as they waited in front of the truck. Indeed -- why didn't we all think of this?