Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.
By: Ana Castillo
Kogi is a Korean BBQ Taco Truck that moves around Los Angeles. Its customers only know where it is going to be parked by checking the Kogi website or following them on twitter. This is a fusion not of Korean and Mexican food, but of Korean-American and Mexican-American food. It couldn't have happened anywhere else but in Los Angeles, a city filled with foodies from all corners of the globe. Ahhh, I love L.A.
I went to the Kogi truck a few weeks ago when it was parked in downtown L.A. and I stood in line for an hour because there were 126 people in front of me. The people in line were eclectic in race and ethnicity, and the only obvious similarity between them was their age. Everyone seemed between 20 to 35 years old, and they showed up with at least four other friends invited on Facebook or Twitter.
As I waited for my order I heard one of the owners reminiscing with a customer about eating tacos in Highland Park, a mostly Latino immigrant community. I asked another owner how long they had been in business and he responded, "two and a half months and its been the craziest two and half months of my life".
It was actually exciting to stand in line, and it was even more exciting to order. I had to try as many of their tacos as possible, and so I ordered: one short rib bbq taco, one spicy chicken taco, and one tofu taco. On their menu you will find burritos and kimchi quesadillas. Yes, kimchi quesadillas. When I finally took my first bite, it was well worth the craziness. The sweet short rib taco sitting on a warm soft tortilla filled with cilantro, onions, and cabbage made my mouth happy.
After waiting, chatting, ordering, more chatting, waiting, and eating, I could not do anything else but go home. My night had been fulfilled.
As I said, it is a phenomenon... a total L.A. experience.
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