You may have already heard about the latest food phenomenon to sweep LA… Kogi Korean BBQ-to-go. Founded by some five-star restaurateurs, the Kogi BBQ truck artfully blends tasty, tasty kalbi (Korean short ribs) with the humble street taco for results that are gloriously full of flavor. They also serve up dishes like kimchi/kraut-topped hot dogs and kimchi quesadillas (Remember people, you can kimchify anything.) all at extremely reasonable prices.
Some silly critics argue that Kogi’s food is not worth waiting in looong lines for, or that it’s not Korean food at all… and to that I have to say that Kogi BBQ is as much about the social experience of gathering together and celebrating the truck’s arrival as it is about the grub. AND they serve up a fun, surprising fusion of flavors, obviously not intended to be traditional Korean fare (read the really good interview with down-to-earth Kogi executive chef, Roy Choi, in the same issue of Giant Robot that we’re in). And even though it’s not your typical Korean BBQ, Kogi is definitely helping to push Korean food into the spotlight. Get your chopsticks ready, kimchi fiends… our day is coming.