I don’t know if the Kogi truck was the first food truck in LA, but it was certainly the first one that I heard about that had people following it on Twitter and waiting in line for two hours for a Korean barbecue taco. I was intrigued but not intrigued enough to hunt down the truck and wait in a two-hour line. So imagine my thrill when I found the Kogi truck parked in front of my house!
Actually it was parked in front of my neighbors’ house. I went to investigate, but the truck workers either ignored me, didn’t speak English, or pretended not to speak English when I tried to question them. To their great relief, my neighbors came out and explained that they were having a party that evening and the Kogi truck was catering, and would we like some tickets so we could enjoy Kogi fare too? Yes, we would!
Was the food as good as the hype? I thought so. I ordered the tacos – one short rib and one spicy pork. Both were delicious — intensely flavorful. The meat was juicy and highly spiced. It didn’t occur to me that I was eating Korean bbq in a taco until I remembered later that the Kogi truck was a fusion truck. My tacos didn’t taste Mexican, they didn’t taste Korean — the whole was better than the sum of its parts. My daughter had a tofu burrito — large chunks of soft tofu in a spicy marinade with cabbage. I also tasted the sliders — not a patty, but chunks of spicy pork (the same that they use for tacos and burritos) with sesame mayo, cheese and cabbage slaw on a small bun with a shiny top. The last thing I would have ordered was a quesadilla, since that’s our dinner of last resort at home, until someone mentioned that Kogi’s “blackjack quesadilla” was written up in Food and Wine. Game on. I had to taste it. It was fantastic. A flour tortilla was filled with caramelized onions, spicy pork, and two kinds of cheese, and topped with a salsa verde. And it was huge.
Everything was so good, I don’t know what I’d choose next time I encounter the truck. Would I travel across town and wait in line for two hours for it? I don’t know if I’d do that for anything, no matter how good. But if the Kogi truck ever pulls up near your house, it pays to be a nosy neighbor!