After hearing so much about L.A.'s latest food fad, the elusive Kogi KBBQ taco truck, I decided to hunt down some mobile kalbi and see what all the hype was about. Taco trucks, I've seen, KBBQ restaurants, I've seen. But a taco truck that sells kimchi quesadillas and spicy pork burritos that even caught the eye of the New York Times? This was worth investigating.
I checked their website yesterday evening, only to find out that Verde, one of Kogi's two mobile KBBQ machines, was over at Santa Monica College. That's only a handful of miles away from me! I could bike over there in 20 minutes and catch them before they left. And, according to their blog, there was no line. Sweet.
But wait! In some serendipitous aligning of the food gods, they were going to be even closer in a matter of hours, with a planned pit stop at UCLA before calling it a night. Forget cooking dinner, I was gonna go get me some KBBQ! So after checking their Twitter for updates, like some sort of desperate kalbi addict, I decided to head over around 7:45 pm. Verde was scheduled to be there at 7:30 pm, but I figured, hey, how many other people could be on Kalbi Watch like I am? The answer is: many.
The previous issue of Hyphen is available in its entirety for your perusing pleasure. Almost as good as having it right in your hands!