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For a New Generation, Kimchi Goes With Tacos
New York Times ^ | February 25, 2009 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER

Posted on 02/25/2009 4:34:21 PM PST by nickcarraway

AS the sun begins to sink behind the Santa Monica Mountains and the northbound traffic thickens on the 405 freeway, the hungry refresh their browsers.

After obsessively checking the Twitter postings of the Korean taco maker to see where the truck will park next, they begin lining up — throngs of college students, club habitués, couples on dates and guys having conversations about spec scripts.

And they wait, sometimes well beyond an hour, all for the pleasure of spicy bites of pork, chicken or tofu soaked in red chili flake vinaigrette, short ribs doused in sesame-chili salsa roja or perhaps a blood sausage sautéed with kimchi, all of it wrapped in a soft taco shell.

The food at Kogi Korean BBQ-To-Go, the taco vendor that has overtaken Los Angeles, does not fit into any known culinary category. One man overheard on his cellphone as he waited in line on a recent night said it best: “It’s like this Korean Mexican fusion thing of crazy deliciousness.”

The truck is a clear cult hit in Los Angeles, drawing more buzz than any new restaurant. A sister vehicle and a taco stand within a Culver City bar were recently added to quell the crowds, which Kogi’s owner put at about 400 customers a night.

Kogi, the brainchild of two chefs, has entered the city’s gastro-universe at just the right moment. Its tacos and burritos are recession-friendly at $2 a pop. The truck capitalizes on emerging technology by sending out Twitter alerts so fans know where to find it at any given time.

Yet Kogi’s popularity and the sophistication of its street food also demonstrate the emerging firepower of this city’s Korean food purveyors.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Food; Local News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: kimchi; korean; tacos
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1 posted on 02/25/2009 4:34:22 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway; Tamar1973

Sounds good to me! I love kimchi.


2 posted on 02/25/2009 4:35:06 PM PST by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir)
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To: nickcarraway

Not a fan of kimchi. In Korea its like...the meaning of life. Crazy.


3 posted on 02/25/2009 4:42:27 PM PST by floridavoter2
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To: dynachrome

Yeah, it’s pretty good. But not with tacos. Guess I’m just bigoted that way.


4 posted on 02/25/2009 4:43:24 PM PST by dr_who
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To: dr_who

Kimchi on fish tacos = awesome!


5 posted on 02/25/2009 4:46:09 PM PST by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir)
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To: nickcarraway

Kimchi con camarones. It has possibilities.


6 posted on 02/25/2009 4:47:17 PM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (Be There >>> http://www.secondamendmentmarch.com)
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To: nickcarraway

oooohhhhh yum.... kimchi! Never thought of it on tacos...but now that mixing it with non-traditional Korean fare thoughts are stirred...how about a kimchi burger? I’m not sure that it would go so well on a cheeseburger, but a hamburger? I’m tempted.

There is a great Korean place in Sierra Vista, AZ. Before going there, I thought there was only one “flavor” of Kimchi. Oh wow.


7 posted on 02/25/2009 4:50:52 PM PST by Cailleach
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To: dynachrome

Ech. You must be from California!


8 posted on 02/25/2009 4:52:17 PM PST by dr_who
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To: dr_who

Just like the heat! and garlic


9 posted on 02/25/2009 4:55:46 PM PST by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir)
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To: nickcarraway
I personally have never cared for Korean food, kimchi included. But I absolutely love Thai food.
10 posted on 02/25/2009 5:01:12 PM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Democrats spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: nickcarraway

I love me some kimchi (and Korean food in general), but on tacos? Not so sure about that one...


11 posted on 02/25/2009 5:13:08 PM PST by thecabal (Hey Obama, when you gonna start sharin' the sacrifice?)
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To: nickcarraway

Isn’t kimchi fermented cabbage? Authentically buried underground to do so? Or am I thinking of something else?

I was in marketing for a corporation that had a number of Laotian employees, who always brought what I thought was kimchi to company picnics and such, and I couldn’t get past the odor to try it.


12 posted on 02/25/2009 5:16:04 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

“kimchi fermented cabbage? Authentically buried underground to do so?”

Indeed. An acquired taste. Lots of hot peppers and garlic


13 posted on 02/25/2009 5:58:51 PM PST by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir)
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To: nickcarraway; Tamar1973; All

And may I recommend our own Tamar1973’s version of the “kimchi pizza”?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJhSgqUrTGU


14 posted on 02/25/2009 6:01:06 PM PST by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir)
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To: nickcarraway; Charles Henrickson; TigerLikesRooster
TRADITIONAL KOREAN FAMILY

DISAPPROVES

< |:)~


15 posted on 02/25/2009 6:22:49 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Beautiful family! ... I have a Korean-American daughter-in-law ... such beautiful people!


16 posted on 02/25/2009 6:24:31 PM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: nickcarraway; dynachrome; dr_who; InABunkerUnderSF; Cailleach; thecabal; TigerLikesRooster; ...
Ifyou want to make your own Korean taco, go to this youtube video.... Kimchi Fusion Taco

"A Kimchi Fusion Taco is a creative combination of Korean kimchi and Mexican tacos. Kimchi is a spicy fermented cabbage that is used as a side dish that comes with every Korean meal. But, due to its strong taste and smell, some people are hesitant to try it.

"However, we discovered that it tastes and smells much milder when Kimchi is sauteed. For instance, sauteed kimchi goes very well with beef because it complments the beef flavor, and adds a little bit of spice. We decided to put sauteed kimchi into our tacos and it tastes amazing!"

For other interesting Kimchi combos, check this video.... Kimchi Innovations

17 posted on 02/25/2009 7:47:17 PM PST by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one Bae Yong Joon drama at a time!)
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To: Tamar1973

Interesting video. Although, I am pretty sure that Morrissey would not like kimchi.

Kimchi is a great topping for any salad.

Not to change the subject, but is natto a common dish in Korea? I always thought it was Japanese, but one person I know claims it’s a Korean invention.


18 posted on 02/25/2009 9:30:04 PM PST by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: nickcarraway
Natto is Japanese. However, Koreans have their own variation on natto, called doenjang. Doenjang is fermented as well but it's not fermented whole soybeans like natto. I think natto looks disgusting but I'll eat doenjang in moderation.

Koreans mix doenjang with gochujang to make a sauce called Ssamjang. Yum!

Japan occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945 so I'm sure Koreans picked up quite a few Japanese foods.

19 posted on 02/25/2009 9:41:03 PM PST by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one Bae Yong Joon drama at a time!)
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To: Tamar1973

For some reason, I love natto, and it makes you feel great. I wish I could get some good natto here.


20 posted on 02/25/2009 10:31:21 PM PST by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: floridavoter2

with some soju to wash it down..


21 posted on 02/26/2009 10:46:10 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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