Taco truck plus Twitter plus Korean barbecue plus social phenomenon equals news story.

It started with a 4 a.m. glass of Champagne and a carne asada taco after a night of serious bar hopping. Thirty-year-old Mark Manguera was sitting with his 25-year-old sister-in-law, Alice Shin (his wife Caroline was already sleeping soundly), when the taste of L.A.'s most ubiquitous street food caused him to have a drunken revelation.

"I'm biting into my taco and it dawned on me, 'Alice, wouldn't it be great if someone put Korean barbecue on a taco?,' " recalls Manguera, who is Filipino but married into a Korean family.


No, I haven't tried Kogi, though the Venice Beach vegan black sesame seed jelly special makes me really want to, but I have now added this to the LA pantheon of fusion cuisine, from the kosher Chinese restaurants to Oki Dog's pastrami burrito. (I did try the latter. Once.)

Kogi Korean BBQ taco truck. Do watch the video.
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