Category Archives: Foods

New Restaurant Love Bake Serving Okonomiyaki

December 12, 2015

Okonomiyaki with Dipping Sauces

Okonomiyaki with Dipping Sauces

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese street food where the ingredients of flour batter, cabbage and other toppings are fried on a  grill.  It’s comfort food in Japan and can be found at Japanese street festivals.

There is a new okonomiyaki place in the Olympic Collection in Sawtelle Japantown called Love Bake next to the UPS store.  They serve both gluten and gluten free okonomiyaki and a customer can add toppings a la carte.  The okonomiyaki comes with 3 dipping sauces:  the traditional sauce, ketchup, and mustard.

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Love Bake is  located at:

11301 W Olympic Blvd, Ste 122, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Jumbo Pumpkin Pizza (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Jumbo Pumpkin Pizza at Louigi’s

October 31, 2015

Our family’s favorite holiday is Halloween.  Every year we throw a Halloween party and the size of the party has grown year by year.  This year we served pizzas and called upon Sawtelle Japantown business Louigi’s Italian Kitchen to make jumbo sized pizzas shaped like pumpkins.  The pizzas tasted great and were a big hit at the party!

Pizzas were a big hit at the Halloween Party! (photo by Yumiko Fowler)

Pizzas were a big hit at the Halloween Party! (photo by Yumiko Fowler)

All of food ingredients are fresh at Louigi’s.    In addition to pizza, Louigi’s also serves a variety of pastas and sandwiches from their small shop on the north side of Sawtelle Japantown.

Vongole Spaghetti (photo by Louigi's)

Vongole Pasta (photo by Louigi’s)

Sandwiches made fresh (photo by Louigi's)

Sandwiches made fresh (photo by Louigi’s)

Exterior of Louigi's (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Exterior of Louigi’s (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Louigi’s is located at:

1644 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 477-4500

Conversation with Music Composer Joey Newman at Mapaya

August 31, 2015

Music composer Joey Newman

Music composer Joey Newman (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

If you are ever at Balconi Coffee in Sawtelle Japantown, you may see Joey Newman chatting with fellow coffee drinkers.   He’s a regular Balconi Coffee customer, and drinks a siphoned black coffee almost every day.

Joey is a successful music composer for films, television shows and video games.  His music can be heard on several television shows such as the ABC comedy The Middle, NBC show The Mysteries of Laura, and the TLC reality show series, Little People, Big World.  Although working on televisions shows is fast paced and deadline driven, Joey enjoys the entire process of collaborating with the show creators and creating the compositions in post production.

Joey Newman working in his Studio (photo by Liza Voll)

Joey Newman working in his Studio (photo by Liza Voll)

Joey comes from a well known musical family and is a third generation music composer: His grandfather is Lionel Newman who was the head of 20th Century Fox’s Music Department for 47 years and his granduncle is multiple Oscar winner Alfred Newman. Joey‘s other famous musical family members are Randy Newman, David Newman, Thomas Newman and Maria
Newman.

Joey is very familiar with the Sawtelle Japantown area.  Growing up near Sawtelle Japantown, one of Joey’s closest friends was Japanese and his friend’s family owned and operated the Taka Hair Salon.  Thus, Sawtelle became one of Joey‘s regular places to hang out with his friends.

Spicy salad crepe at Mapaya

Spicy salad crepe at Mapaya (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Even now, Joey continues to frequent Sawtelle Japantown with his family.  In addition to Balconi Coffee, another favorite of Joey’s is the next door Japanese style creperie MapayaJoey often takes his 3 daughters to Mapaya and they order sweet crepes with cute animals designs.  Joey
himself likes the savory spicy salad crepe at Mapaya.

Monkey crepe at Mapaya

Monkey crepe at Mapaya (photo by Joey Newman)

Bird crepe at Mapaya

Bird crepe at Mapaya (photo by Joey Newman)

Joey has a list of other restaurants that he recommends in Sawtelle Japantown. So if you ever see Joey at Balconi Coffee or Mapaya, do not hesitate to ask him for restaurant recommendations or ask him about his interesting career.

ジョイ ニューマン

ソーテルジャパンタウンにあるバルコニーコーヒーに行く機会があったら 店のお客様とおしゃべりするジョイニーマン氏を見かけるかもしれない。 彼は店の常連でほぼ毎日サイフォンでいれられたブラックコーヒーを飲んでいる。

ジョイは映画、テレビ、ビデオゲームの有名な作曲家だ。彼の楽曲はABCの コメデイーTHE MIDDLE,NBCの MYSTERIES OF LAURA 、TLC の LITTLE PEOPLE BIG WORLD等で聴ける。テレビの仕事は締め切りに追われ忙しいが、テレビの作品の クリエーターたちとコラボしながら作曲するプロセスは楽しいそいだ。

ジョイは有名な作曲家の家族出身で三代目となる。祖父はライオネルニューマン氏で 47年間二十世紀フォクス映画会社の音楽部長だった。大叔父 アルフレッドニューマン氏はいくつものオスカー受賞者だ。他にもこの音楽一家にはRANDY NEWMAN, DAVID NEWMAN, THOMAS NEWMAN and MARIA NEWMANが名を連ねる。

ジョイは ソーテルジャパンタウンの近くで育ったのでソーテルジャパンタウンは熟知している。TAKA HAIR SALONの息子とは仲が良かった。そんなわけでよく友達たちと過ごす場所だった。

今でも家族とはよく来る。バルコニコヒーの隣にある日本式クレープ屋MAPAYAには3人の娘を連れていく。彼らは可愛い動物の形をした甘いクレープが好きでジョイはスパイシーなサラダの入った大人味が好きだ。他にも当地には沢山好きなレストランがあるそうなので バルコニコーヒーでジョイを見かけたらお勧めレストランを聞いたり彼の興味深いお仕事について尋ねたらいかがでしょうか?

Lucky Rice Event July 30th

July 28, 2015

 

Lucky Rice Event on Thursday July 30th:

Lucky Rice will be returning to the City of Angels with a national Feast event and will continue to feature the best up-and-coming chefs in the Los Angeles area. Popular Pop-Ups will be joined by brick-and-mortar mainstays under one roof, with plenty of Asian-influenced cocktails from the city’s top mixologists to help wash down the grub.

Sawtelle Japantown’s Seoul Sausage Company will be participating in the event.

Create Nightclub
6021 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

General Admission: 8 – 10pm (7pm for VIP)

Tickets:

VIP: $150
GA: $88

For more information and a full menu go to:

http://luckyrice.com/event/los-angeles-feast/

 

 

Ramen with Skid Row’s Scotti Hill / スキッドローの スコットィ ヒル氏

June 25, 2015

Skid Row Guitarist Scotti Hill

Skid Row Guitarist Scotti Hill

Outside of Tatsu Ramen

Outside of Tatsu Ramen

Ramen with Scotti Hill

As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the things that I like most about starting this blog is having a Twitter account for Sawtelle Japantown. I’ve met the most interesting people on Twitter who are fans of the Sawtelle Japantown area. One such Twitter follower is guitarist Scotti Hill from the heavy metal band Skid Row, a band whose songs bring back memories from my high school days (ie belting out “I Remember You” in the car with friends).

A few weeks ago, I had direct messaged Scotti to thank him for the Twitter follow and mentioned that I was a fan of Skid Row. After some back and forth exchanges, it came to light that our children currently attend the same preschool. What are the chances? And how random? In any case, I talked to Scotti the other day over a bowl of Tatsu ramen. . .

Aside from a short hiatus in 1996 when grunge music was in and heavy metal music was out. Scotti has played with Skid Row for the last 29 years. Scotti is one of 3 original members of Skid Row and they continue to tour all over the world as either a featured act or with a group of other metal bands. I told Scotti that he is lucky to be able to pursue his passion for music as a job, and he agreed, but he told me that it is a difficult lifestyle for a father of a young son to be
away touring for weeks at a time.

Scotti loves Japan and the Japanese culture. In fact, during longer breaks on tour, he and his family live in Japan for 1 to 2 months out of the year He likes being a regular “gaijin” in Japan and he can be seen hanging out in front of the local convenience store drinking a beer. Being an active member of Skid Row requires him to live in the United States, however, when he retires from Skid Row down the line, Scotti would like to live permanently in Japan.

There is a lot of travel and down time being on tour and Scotti brushes up on his Japanese hiragana and katakana via iPhone apps. He sometimes tweets in Japanese.

Scotti and his family frequent many places in Sawtelle Japantown. including Manpuku, Seoul Sausage and Bar Hayama to name a few. It was Scotti’s first time trying Tatsu and he gave Tatsu’s ramen a thumbs up. If you are wondering what Scotti ordered at Tatsu, he had the bold ramen. As a side note, Scotti has an interesting way of eating ramen where he puts the ramen noodles in the spoon and wraps the noodles on his chopsticks – like spaghetti style.

Bold Ramen

Bold Ramen (photo by Malcolm Johnson)

Scotti Hill Eating Ramen Spaghetti Style

Scotti Hill Eating Ramen Spaghetti Style

I enjoyed my lunch conversation with Scotti and look forward to bumping into him in Sawtelle Japantown or at my child’s preschool.

Skid Row is currently touring and their tour schedule can be found on their website at SkidRow.com,

スコットィヒル氏

前にも書いがソーテルジャパンタウンのブログを初めて一番好きな ことはソーテルジャパンタウン周辺のフアンの興味深い人々に 会うことだ。ヘビーメタルバンドスキッドローのギターリスト スコットィヒル氏もその一人だ。彼らのヒット曲(車で友達と聞いた ”I Remember You”)は高校時代を思い出させる。

数週間前スコッティにツイッターフォローのお礼をしスキッドローの ファンである事を伝えた折りに会話の中から子供たちが同じ プリスクールに行っている事が判明した。そんなわけで彼とたつラーメンをいただきながらお話を聞いた。

1996年グランジミュージックがはやった時の一時期を除いてスキッドローとして29年間演奏をつずけている。彼は3人のスキッドローオリジナルメンバーの一人で 今も世界中で演奏活動を単独又は他のグループと共に行っている。

彼は自分のパッシオンを仕事に出来ることは幸せに思っている 一方小さな子を持つ親としては数週間一度に家を開ける ライフスタイルは難しい面もあるそうだ。

氏は日本と日本文化が大好きで長く休みが取れる時には家族と共に1,2か月日本に滞在する。彼は不通の”外人“に日本でなっている事が好きでコンビニ店前でビールを飲む姿も見られるそうだ。スキッドローのメンバーとしてはアメリカに 住まなくてはならないが 将来リタイア後は日本に永住したい希望がある。。

公演旅行中の時間の有る時にはiPhoneのアプリを使いひらがなやカタカナを練習し日本語に磨きをかけている。たまに日本語でツイッターも書く。

スコッティ一家はよくソーテルジャパンタウンのレストランまんぷく、ソウルソーセージ、バーハヤマ等々他にも沢山出かけるそうだ。

彼にとってたつラーメンは初めてだが気に入った。ボールドラーメンが彼の注文だった。彼は麺をスプーンとはしでクルクルしスパゲティのように面白い食し方をした。

昼食時の会話は楽しいひと時となった。ソーテルジャパンタウンや子供たちのプリスクールでの又の出会いがあるだろう。

スキッドローは現在公演旅行中でスケジュールは下記。SkidRow.com,

 

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar / プランチェック

June 21, 2015

By  Jay Terauchi

Living in Los Angeles, there are a lot of good burger places, such as Umami Burger, Apple Pan, Father’s Office, In n Out, etc.

One of my favorites places for a burger is Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, headed by chef Ernesto Uchimura.

One of my Favorites PCB (Plan Check Burger) (photo by Jay Terauchi)

One of my Favorites PCB (Plan Check Burger) (photo by Jay Terauchi)

Chef Ernesto is the former corporate executive chef at Umami Burger.

Just one of the genius things of this burger is Chef Uchimura’s creation of the ketchup leather. It’s housemade ketchup which has been dehydrated (similar to a fruit roll-up). It’s placed at the bottom of the burger, preventing the burger juices from getting the bottom bun soggy AND you
still get the ketchup flavor, brilliant!

It was a beautiful Los Angeles day, so sitting out on the patio was an easy decision.

It was a beautiful Los Angeles day, so sitting out on the patio was an easy decision (photo by Jay Terauchi)

See What Jay Eats…

Housemade Yuzu Soda (photo by Jay Terauchi)

Housemade Yuzu Soda (photo by Jay Terauchi)

Housemade Yuzu Soda

It couldn’t get any better…

Fries (photo by Jay Terauchi)

Fries (photo by Jay Terauchi)

Fries cooked in beef tallow with smoked salt and served with fresh housemade ketchup

OK, it could get better…

What’s a burger without fries, right?

Smoked Fried Chicken

Smoked Fried Chicken (photo by Jay Terauchi)

Smoked Fried Chicken

Jidori chicken, smoked milk gravy, yam preserves, and spicy pickled okra (served under the 3 pieces of chicken).

The chicken was cooked perfectly and with a nice surprise of the yam preserves and the okra.

For those who want more than a burger,

I suggest checking the daily special board too.

Cruller Donuts

Cruller Donuts (photo by Jay Terauchi)

Cruller Donuts (made to order) served with cream and fruit

Can’t leave without having dessert…

Plan Check Kitchen is not just burgers, it’s has a contemporary menu in a casual atmosphere right on Sawtelle Ave.

Order a drink (full bar) and look over the menu, there are a lot of options and do check the “specials” board.

I suggest ordering the PCB (Plan Check Burger) and if you like crullers, save room for dessert.

(photo by Jay Terauchi)

(photo by Jay Terauchi)

プランチェック

ロスアンジェルスには うまみバーガー、アップルパン、ファーザーズオフィス など美味しいハンバーグ店が沢山ある。

私の好きなバーガー店は シェフアーネストうえむら率いるプランチェックキッ チンプラスバーだ。うえむらシェフは前うまみバーガーの重役シェフだった。

うえむらシェフは豊かな才能でケチャップロールを作り上げた。ホームメイド ケチャップを乾燥させロールにしたものだ。(フルーツロールアップのように)これがバンズの上に置かれているのでパンが濡れてしまわず ケチャップ味も楽しめる。

ヤムとオクラ添えチキンは完壁に焼けあがっている。バーガー 以外をお望みの方には日替わりの書かれているを黒板をチェックする事おすすめ。デザートもお忘れなく。

プランチェックはバーガー以外にもソーテルにぴったりの今風料理を気軽な雰囲気の中で提供している。

飲み物(フルバー}をオーダーしメニユーを見ると沢山のオプションがある。本日のお勧めのボードも見よう。

私のお勧めはPCB(プランチェックバーガー)とお腹にに余裕があれば クルーラー。

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is located at:

1800 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 444-1411

Gourmet Bites: Spring Rolls / チキン春巻

June 3, 2015

Chicken Spring Rolls with Dressing and Sriracha

Chicken Spring Rolls with Dressing and Sriracha

Front counter at Gourmet Bites

Front counter at Gourmet Bites

There is a hidden lunch spot called Gourmet Bites near my work where I eat their chicken spring rolls at least twice a week.    Although not technically within the parameters of Sawtelle Japantown, it’s pretty close.   Gourmet Bites is located on the ground floor of the City National Bank building on Olympic between Butler and Colby.  The spring rolls are not on Gourmet Bites’ regular menu but is a permanent special item and available Monday through Friday.   These spring rolls are famous at my work place to the point where  I have heard at least three separate elevator conversations about the spring rolls at Gourmet Bites being “so good”.

Chicken Spring Rolls

Gourmet Bites’ Chicken Spring Rolls

Making the Spring Rolls

Making the Spring Rolls

These spring rolls are loaded with vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, alfalfa  sprouts and avocado and they are wrapped in a Vietnamese rice paper wrap which has a chewy consistency.   The grilled chicken is perfectly seasoned and goes well wrapped with the vegetables.  Gourmet Bites adds  peanut sauce and sriraccha to the side to dip the spring rolls, but you can also opt for the Chinese chicken salad dressing as the dipping sauce which also goes well with the spring rolls.

The spring roll order comes with 4 large pieces.  I usually eat 2 of the pieces during lunch time and save the other 2 pieces for a 3 o’clock snack.  It also comes with fruit and a drink.

Gourmet Bites Sign

Gourmet Bites Sign

I usually take the spring rolls back to my desk at work, but there is a nice outdoor courtyard if you wanted to eat there.

チキン春巻

私のオフィスの近くに週に2回はチキン春巻きを食べに行くグルメバイツ という隠れたランチスポットがある。ソーテルジャパンタウン内ではないが すごく近い。グルメバイツはオリンピック道りのバトラーとコルビーの間にある ナショナルバンクビル1階にある。春巻きは通常メニューにはないがスペシャル として月曜日から金曜日までいつもある。この春巻きは会社でも有名で エレベーターの中でも春巻きが美味しいという話を何度か耳にした位だ。

中身はレタス、トマト,ニンジン、アルファルファ、アヴォカド等野菜いっぱいで ベトナムの噛みごたえのあるライスペーパーで包まれている。チキンの味付けも 美味しくて野菜などとよく合う。春巻を浸すピーナッツソース,香菜、が そえられている。チャイニーズチキンサラダ用のソースも合う。

1オーダーに4本入っているので2本はランチ残りはスナックにしている。フルーツと飲み物付き。

私は持ち帰りオフィスで食べるが素敵な外のコートヤードでも 食べられる。

Courtyard Seating

Courtyard Seating

Exterior of City National Bank Building

Exterior of City National Bank Building

Open Monday Through Friday

8am to 3pm

Gourmet Bites is located at:

11500 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Tsujita LA Annex Artisan Noodles

May 13, 2015

Tsujita LA Annex Exterior

Tsujita LA Annex Exterior

By Kristie Hang*

Sawtelle has never had a shortage of authentic ramen houses, but Tsujita has always been deserving of the ramen powerhouse spotlight. In fact, Tsujita has been so popular that there are two branches almost directly across from each other on Sawtelle. If you ask ramen aficionados, each will have their own Tsujita preference since the food is very different at both. I personally prefer Tsujita Annex over the original Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle location. Here’s why…

BBQ Pork Tsukemen

BBQ Pork Tsukemen

Pork Broth

Pork Broth

The BBQ Pork Tsukemen or dipping noodles is the most popular dish to order at Annex. The cha siu BBQ pork melts in your mouth and is very tender. The most obvious difference is that the ramen noodles at the Annex location are much thicker, roughly twice as thick than the ones at Artisan.

For those unfamiliar with Tsukemen, it’s like the ramen version of zaru soba. In essence, the hot ramen noodles come in a bowl alongside a separate bowl of soup. The noodles are eaten after being dipped in the broth. The shoyu/tonkotsu broth they use for Annex’s broth has a sweet and vinegary flavor whereas Artisan uses the salty broth. The broth at Annex is filled with layers of delicious pork fat. It packs much more flavor. Most importantly, Annex’s broth comes out piping hot unlike the lukewarm broth from the original location.

Putting the noodles in the dipping sauce

Putting the noodles in the dipping sauce

Annex also serves up tonkotsu shoyu (soy sauce) ramen while the original Artisan location does not. They also have different condiments for their noodles. Each table is stocked with freshly minced garlic, black pepper, and Japanese chili powder (onikasu). Aside from typical shortcomings such as being cash only and having meter only parking, Tsujita Annex almost gets full marks for their food. I say almost because one of the most important toppings for a good ramen is a properly cooked soft boiled egg. Annex’s soft boiled egg is not consistent enough. When it’s done just right, the runny yolk is a delectable experience for the senses. There has been times when the egg has been slightly overcooked. The good thing is however, if the egg isn’t done right the staff will happily replace it for you until it’s done right. Another quip about Annex is that the tsukemen broth may be too rich for ramen traditionalists. If you’re used to typical ramen and have never had dipping-ramen, this may be overly flavorful for you. The best way to find out if it’s for you is to give it a try.

Overall, Tsujita Annex knows how to serve up an authentic bowl of BBQ pork Tsukemen that everyone should try. The lines out the door are warranted. Check them out!

* Contributing writer Kristie Hang is a globetrotting tv host, journalist, and food writer based in Los Angeles.

Condiments

Condiments

つじ田 アネックス

ソーテルには本格派ラーメン店は沢山あるがつじ田は中でもダントツだ。事実その人気を受けてお向かいに二軒の支点(ラーメン、すし)を作った。ラーメン通に聞くと二軒の味はかなり違い各々自分が好む店があるようだ。私はオリジナルのつじ田本店よりアネックスが好きだ。

理由はアネックスでの一番人気は焼き豚つけ麺で焼き豚は口の中に溶ける位柔らかい二つの店のつけ麺の一番の違いは麺の太さがアネックスのほうが倍近く太いことだ。

つけ麺とは温かい麺にスープと具がざるそば状態で別々に提供される。麺はスープにつけながら食べる。アネックスのしょうゆ味豚骨スープは甘めで酸味がある。つじ田本店は塩味だ。アネックスのつけ汁はたっぷりの味の良いブタの油に覆われアツアツで出されるがオリジナル店のつけ汁は室温だ。

アネックスには本店に無い豚骨しょうゆ味ラーメンがある。又ガーリック、ブラックペパー、七味などがテーブルに備えられている。キャシュのみとかメーターパーキングしかない不便さはあるが

食事に関してはほぼ満点だ。私がほぼという理由は温泉卵がたまに固すぎて黄味がトロッと出ないことがある。その場合頼めばスタッフが笑顔でとりかえてくれる。伝統的ラーメンに慣れた人はここのつけ麺は味が強すぎると感じるかも知れないがお試しになって決めたらいかがでしょう。

つじ田アネックスでは試食してみるに値する本物の焼き豚つけ麺が提供されいつも行列のあるレストランです。

Tsujita Annex is located at:

2050 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/3 Cut Nori (Seaweed) / 1/3 カット海苔

May 7, 2015

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Front and Back of Mizyuniya 1/3 Cut Nori

Front and Back of Mizyuniya 1/3 Cut Nori

I am always looking for items which make my life a little bit more convenient.  I buy the Yakinori 1/3 Size by Mikuniya.  There are 15 sheets of nori in one package. You can wrap the nori onto an onigiri or eat it on its own.  You don’t have to hassle with cutting the larger sheets of nori.  You can find this Nori at Nijiya for $5.99. It’s pricey, but worth it for me to pay this amount for the good taste and quality, and best of all not having to hassle with cutting the larger sheets.

Nori on a Onigiri (Rice Ball)

Nori on a Onigiri (Rice Ball)

1/3 カット海苔

私はいつも利便性をかんがえています。ニジヤマーケットで売っている三国屋1/3サイズ焼き海苔15枚入りを愛用しています。お握りに巻いたりそのままいただけます。海苔の味はとても美味しくパリッと噛み切れお値段は高めですがハサミをその度に出さなくてよいし 高品質を考えるとおすすめお便利商品です。

Mizuniya Nori Full Size Sheet

Mizuniya Nori Full Size Sheet

Nijiya Japanese Food Market is located at:

2130 Sawtelle Blvd., #105, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (in the Sawtelle Place strip mall)

Kogi Truck / コギ

April 29, 2015

By Jay Terauchi*

It all began here . . .

If you’re a follower of gourmet food trucks, I’m sure you’ve heard of Chef Roy Choi and the Kogi Truck. The gourmet food truck trend and social media phenomenon began with the Kogi truck. Not only did they create a new food category, but also a new menu items not seen before.

Chef Roy Choi said that his food tastes like If you think about creating menu items that represent Los Angeles and it’s food culture, Chef Roy hit it right on the head.  A taco which has a Korean short-rib filling and served with a Mexican/Asian sauce.

Photo by Jay Terauchi

Photo by Jay Terauchi

They began with one truck and Twitter back in 2008.  Today, there are 4 Kogi trucks servicing Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Photo by SawtelleJapantown.com

Photo by SawtelleJapantown.com

So, how do you know when the Kogi truck is in Sawtelle Japantown?

kogi4Check the Kogi Truck website for days and times for service at Sawtelle.

www.kogibbq.com

Usually, Thursday evenings 10pm – 11 pm on Sawtelle Blvd at Mississippi Ave. (Check website for actual schedule)

Just look for the line…

Kogi Truck Menu Not your typical taco truck cuisine. Photo by Jay Terauchi

Kogi Truck Menu
Not your typical taco truck cuisine.
Photo by Jay Terauchi

Now, what to order?

Photo by Jay Terauchi

Photo by Jay Terauchi

A chicken taco and short-rib taco (signature taco). The chicken is marinated in a ginger soy marinate before being grilled.  The short-rib is a double caramelized Korean barbecue short-rib, with a salsa roja (made from Korean and Mexican chillies).  Both taco are served with their cilantro-onion-lime relish and chili soy Kogi slaw, served over two corn tortillas.

The Short-Rib taco which started it all!

kogi8Short-Rib Burrito with the same short-rib as in their tacos, shredded cheese, chopped onions, cilantro, chopped romaine, and cabbage lettuce tossed in their Korean chili-soy vinaigrette. This is a personal favorite of mine. When I think of food trucks in the morning, I think of breakfast burritos.

Kogi doesn’t make a breakfast burrito, but they sure make a great short-rib one.

Photo by Jay Terauchi

Photo by Jay Terauchi

Kogi Kimchi Quesadilla with Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses and caramelized, buttered kimchi.

The quesadilla is topped with their classic salsa roja and sesame seeds.

When I first saw this on the menu,

I thought “what?”

After I tried it, I really enjoyed it. It does have a kick, so if you’re not into spicy, you may want to avoid this one.

Photo by Jay Terauchi

Photo by Jay Terauchi

Kogi Sliders

(two per order)

with short-rib, sesame mayo, cheese, salsa rona and a cabbage-ramaine slaw tossed in a chili soy vinaigrette on toasted buns.

This is just like their tacos but on a bun.

Photo by Jay Terauchi

Photo by Jay Terauchi

Blackjack Quesadilla with caramelized onions and spicy pork together with melting cheddar and jack cheeses and topped with a citrus-jalapeno-roasted-garlic salsa verde.

I liked this one over the kimchi quesadilla. Maybe because of the spicy pork and onions.  The kimchi one is spicier, but I like citrus so maybe the reason why Iliked this one better.  Either way,you can’t go wrong.

My first visit to the Kogi truck was back in 2008,I waited with 100 other people.  The truck was late, I checked Twitter and saw that they were stuck in traffic. By the time we got our food, we had waited about 2 hours, but the food was different (in a good way).

Still today, the short-rib burrito is my favorite item. The Kogi Truck, it’s something you need to do at least once.  Just look for the line…

* Contributing writer Jay Terauchi is a chef and marketing wiz.   Jay publishes the food blog jayeats.com.

コギ

グルメフードトラックの愛用者ならシェフロイチョイ(Roy Choi) のコギ(Kogi)トラックをご存知でしょう。コギフードトラックからグルメトラックとソーシャルメディア現象のトレンドがはじまった。.

彼らは新しい食べ物の部門とメニューを作った。

シェフロイチョイによれば彼のフードはロスアンジェルスの食文化を代表するようなメニューでそれが当たった。韓国風ショートリブ入りタコスのメキシコ、アジアソース添え。

2008年に一台のトラックで初め今では四台でロスアンジェルスとオレンジ郡を回っている。コギトラックがソーテルジャパンタウン近くに来る日と時間はwww.kogibbq.comで調べてください。だいたい木曜日 10pm-11pmソーテルブルバードとミシシッピーーアベニューの角(ウエブサイトで調べたほうが確か)注文は何?

チキンタコスとショートリブタコスが代表的だ。

チキンはグリルする前に生姜醤油に付け込まれグリルされる。ショートリブは韓国風 バーベキューソースに付け込まれてグりルされる。サルサベルデ(メキシコと韓国の唐辛子)添え。両方のタコスには二枚のコーンタコスとパクチー、玉ねぎ、ライムのレリッシュと辛子 しょうゆ味のスローがつく。

ショートリブタコスが全ての始まりだ。ショートリブブリトはタコスと同じ肉にチーズ、玉ねぎみじん切り、シラントロ、辛子しょうゆ味ドレッシングあえ刻みロメインレタからできている。朝フードトラックの事を考えるとこれが私の一番好きな朝食ブリトだ。

コギは朝食ブリトは作らないが美味しいショートリブブリトをつくる。

コギキムチケサデイアはモンテレイジャク、チェダーチーズ、キムチから出来ている。

上にサルサロハとごまがのっている。これにはえっと思ったが美味しかったが辛いのが弱い人には向かない。

コギスライダー(注文は二人から)

これはタコスと同じ中身だがハンバーグ用のパンに挟まれている。

ブラックジャックケサデイアはキャラメル化した玉ねぎ、スパイシーなポーク、溶けたチェダーチーズ、ジャックチーズからなり上にはシトラス、ハロペーニョ、ローステッドガーリック、サルサベルデがかけられている。私はこのほうがキムチケサデイアより好きだ。両方美味しいが私がシトラス味が好きなせいかもしれない。

私は2008年に初めてコギトラックに行き100人の人達と待った。トラックは渋滞に巻き込まれ食べるまでに2時間かかったが良い意味で独特だった。

今でもショートリブブリトが一番好きだ。コギトラックは一度は体験するべきだ’