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5 Questions for Roy Choi


Roy Choi is the chef behind the Kogi food trucks (plus a Kogi kitchen at the Alibi Room in Culver City) and the restaurants Chego in West L.A. and A-Frame in Mar Vista. After building a Mexican-Korean-rice-bowl-kind-of-pan-Asian-grub-food empire, Choi's "working on creating his first cookbook, of sorts," says his co-collaborator, Kogi marketer Alice Shin. That's all that was said about that, but here's Choi on his menus, "the herbal horizon" and Ana Gabriel in the kitchen: 

What's coming next on your menu? Tendons, knuckles, joints, tails, necks, shins coming to A-Frame. Kogi, Alibi Room and Chego are always changing through the specials based on what I experience the previous week. The specials are kind of like my diary through food.

Latest ingredient obsession? Coconut milk and pineapples. Thailand changed my life.

Favorite day off away from the kitchen? I don't take days off. Sunday and Monday I'm transforming into something new for the next week. But I like to fade away at Venice Beach into the herbal horizon.

Favorite kitchen soundtrack: In the kitchen it is Latin music only. Mana, Ana Gabriel, Aventura, Banda Limon, Los Bukis, Vicente Fernandez, Reik, Camilla, Wisin y Yandel, Shakira. Whatcha know about that?

What's the latest non-food-related book you read? Harry Potter and the philosophy of Kant.

Kogi, kogibbq.com, twitter.com/kobibbq; Chego, 3300 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 287-0337, www.eatchego.com; A-Frame, 12565 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 398-7700, www.aframela.com.

Photo: Roy Choi at A-Frame. Credit: Ricardo De Aratanha/Los Angeles Times.

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