Koo’s Catering Truck in Garden Grove is open from around lunchtime to the evening, and has parked at Arirang Supermarket since 2010; before that, it did a stint before that at a since-shuttered Korean market in Tustin, making it OC’s first non-Mexican lonchera long before Kogi’s was an inspired-by-a-blog idea in Roy Choi’s mind. They only sell hotteok, a type of Korean pancake. “Be careful; they’re hot,” the stoic Korean woman who runs the truck always warns, and she never lies—let them cool down for half an hour, and the filling still clings to your tongue like boiling Jell-O, the outside still steaming where not crisped brown. But the taste: each with a circumference somewhere between a CD and 45 rpm record, each sweet and earthy, chewy and perfect.
Koo's Catering Truck is a misnomer in many ways. It's not, for instance, associated with the late, great Koo's Café of local DIY fame. It doesn't operate as a catering service—instead, it's permanently parked across three parking spaces at the... More »