Friday, May 8, 2009

Waiting For Taco

Finally, the famous Kogi taco truck comes to Torrance! Actually, I think it might have been here before, but this was my first time to check it out. I'd been hearing about the truck--which serves tacos with a Korean twist--on local food blogs and other places for a while and I was anxious to see for myself what the buzz was all about. Dale signed up a while back for their Twitter feed, so he was alerted that they would be making a stop in Torrance from 6-9pm.
We headed over to the location--next to the Toyota plant--at 5:30. We were about 10th in line. After a bit, someone got an alert that said they would be there by 6:45. People just kept coming and coming. The location is sort of in an industrial park, not on a busy street--so you'd have to know it was there. By the time the truck arrived, there were easily one hundred people in line.
After waiting for an hour.....the truck est arrive!

Once the truck stopped, it was another 20 minutes or so until the doors opened.
A simple menu with good taco choices.

After you pay, you get to wait some more. Everybody was cool and in a good mood.
We were soooooo hungry! We got Korean BBQ rib (on the right), chicken and pork (on the left).
The rib and chicken meat was a typical Korean BBQ-style, the pork more of a Mexican style. All were topped with a salsa of sorts made from napa cabbage, sesame oil, green onions, cilantro. 
Each one was really good and for two bucks apiece...worth it.

On the way home, we stopped at Foster's Freeze for a Twister and ran into one of the people that had been waiting in line with us.


D.B. Echo said...

Lucky, lucky you! That sounds delicious - and very affordable!

Larry Niven came up with the concept of the "flash crowd" over three decades ago. Granted, it involved teleportation, but aside from that, the concept applies: People receive advance news of an event. They tell two friends, and they tell towo friends, and so on, and so on...a primary crowd forms. A secondary crowd forms to gawk at the spectacle of the first crowd. A tertiary crowd of press shows up to cover the event, and the crowd, and the crowd watching the crowd. Then the pickpockets show up, and the people there to watch the media cover the event, and the crowd, and the crowd watching the crowd. Then the police show up, by which time the scene has begun to dissolve into chaos...

So what was it like to participate in another instance of science fiction become real?

Miss Healthypants said...

Oh my gosh, that looks sooo good!! I'm hungry now! :)

MaryRuth said...

DB--yeah, this was flash mob city alright. I really did expect to see more of a police presence--Torrance PD is pretty aggressive that way, but aside from a squad car passing by way before the truck arrived, it was a cool scene. I heard it gets sort of nutz late nights when they stop near the night clubs. Glad to say no pickpockets either!

Buck said...

I would SO totally be in to that!

Thanks for the food pics. And that's such a cute little taco-mobile!