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Korean food sold from a taco truck: The L.A. eatery of the moment

December 4, 2008 |  1:50 pm

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What are people in Westwood waiting an hour to eat? In these economic tough times, it's not surprising that the "hot" eatery in the village is a taco truck -- one that serves an interesting take on Korean food. As LAist's Zach Behrens discovered, there is something very L.A. about a place with kimchi fried rice cake with egg-shiso and what appears to be Korean-Mexican fusion of the cheap sort:

Inside the truck is Chef Roy Choi, who speaks of food like it's poetry. After all, Choi graduated at the top of his class at the Culinary Institute of America and has cooked at Le Bernardin in New York, in Iron Chef Michiba’s kitchen, at the Beverly Hilton and Rock Sugar Pan Asian Kitchen. But when he heard about an idea of Korean food on a taco truck, he said "sign me up!" This is guerrilla gourmet at its best. "We're Korean, but we're American and we grew up in LA. It's not a stigma food, it's a representation of who we are," explained Choi on the street last night. "Everything you get in that taco is what we live in LA. It's the 720 bus on Wilshire, it's the 3rd street Juanita's Tacos, the Korean supermarket and all those things that we live everyday in one bite. That was our goal. To take everything about LA and put it into one bite. ... It's Mexican, it's Korean, it's organic, it's California, it's farmer's market, it's drunk people after midnight."

Check out the website, which includes a good-looking menu.

--Shelby Grad

Photo credit: Kogi

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