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For Los Angeles' Seoul Sausage Truck It's 'Seoul Plus Sausage, Bam. Easy'

For Los Angeles' Seoul Sausage Truck It's 'Seoul Plus Sausage, Bam. Easy'


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Want to know what passion, word of mouth, and crazy good Korean BBQ create? Seoul Sausage, a venture started by two families — the Kims and the Ohs. The truck was launched in 2012 when Chris Oh, Ted Kim, and Yong Kim kicked things off with their kalbi (marinated short ribs) and their spicy pork sausages. The food was so good it gave birth to a legion of fans eager wait in line at street fairs. Movie studios and Fortune 500 companies have catered events with this outstanding fare, and both wineries and chefs have made requests for private orders. They also basically managed to figure out a way to time the launch of their brick-and-mortar restaurant to them winning Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race.

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That's a tough feat to top, and it took some skills. Add this to their accomplishments: making The Daily Meal's 2012 list of 101 Best Food Trucks in America. Where did they get their inspiration and is it all as easy as they've made it look? Find out in the following interview with co-founder Yong Kim.

When did you launch your truck?
We just launched this in October 2012. The Great Food Truck Race was filmed during May to June of this year and I suppose that we were technically open then as well.

What was the inspiration for going into this business?
We wanted to change the world one sausage at a time.

What's the story behind the origin of your truck's name?
Our flavors come from Seoul, Korea, and we make sausages. Seoul plus sausages. Bam. Easy.

How did you come up with your truck's design? Is there a designer you'd like to give a shout-out to?
Food Network provided us with the truck design. Thank you, Food Network.

Does your truck have a vanity license plate? And if so, what does it say?
Nope.

What model truck do you have?
I believe it is a 1987 GMC. Truly a classic.

What's your signature dish? Is it also your most popular dish?
Our kalbi burger is our staple item on the truck. However, the "Flaming Balls" are neck and neck with the burger due to the overwhelming support it received from the show. That flaming ball got a lot of love.

You've gone brick-and-mortar — where are you?
As a matter of fact, we just launched this October of 2012. It's located in West L.A. at 11313 Mississippi Ave., 90025.

What one piece of advice would you give someone looking to get into the food truck business?
Make sure you love what you’re doing. The love alone will bring you many customers. Ted and I love chef Chris’ cooking. So, in all honesty, it is very easy to sell.

Lots of things happen when running a restaurant, and that probably goes double on the road. As such, be it weird, funny, good, or bad, what's one superlative or particularly outstanding moment or story that's ever occurred with your truck be it with customers, in the kitchen, or just in general?
We got the entire stadium of the Amarillo Sox baseball team to chant "FRIED BALLS" once. It was awesome.

Arthur Bovino is The Daily Meal's executive editor. Follow Arthur on Twitter.


Show 84, August 16, 2014: Pigout 3.0

The 3 rd Annual PigOut (benefiting Inspire Artistic Minds) is set for Sunday afternoon, August 24th at the California Scenario (Noguchi Gardens) in Costa Mesa.

The main attraction will be a 250 pound Templeton Rye Duroc Pig of the Templeton Rye Heritage Pork Project. Only 25 of these special pigs are in existence.

Chef Mike Puglisi (ex-Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Beverly Hills) of the soon-to-be Electric City Butcher in Santa Ana will be performing a pig deconstruction demonstration.


For Los Angeles' Seoul Sausage Truck It's 'Seoul Plus Sausage, Bam. Easy' - Recipes

There are regular vote polling places and then there is Downtown LA Staples Center, home of the world champion Lakers basketball team.

And check out below all the goodies you can pick up at Staples Center for just casting your vote here!

Click on any photo to see larger.

Linda and I went last Friday in the early afternoon. We found parking on neighboring streets near the main entrance.

There may be stadium parking too, but we went the quickest and easiest route - we found parking meters for a dollar an hour.

There was no line and it was so easy just to walk in and drop off your mail-in ballot.

All poll workers wear a mask and are stationed throughout Staple's lobby to direct you to drop off boxes or polling stations to fill out a ballot right there. It is a large lobby and you have plenty of social distancing.

Since this is a sports arena you get stickers and a pen and that's not all - they are handing out LA Lakers face masks, too. Don't be shy, go ahead and grab 3 or 4 more for your fellow Lakers fan neighbors or family.

And feel free to use the hand sanitizer and disposable gloves before you use the touch-screen voting machines.

At the end of the polling area are a couple of photo-op backgrounds to use and share on your social media if you like.

But the main draw, besides having your vote counted, was a kiosk right at the street light crossing button in front of Staple Center. Look for the Korean. American. BBQ. canopy covering a folding table.

Right behind the table are food storage containers with foil-wrapped to-go burritos, sausage, and pulled pork sandwiches. At least that's what we've tried so far.

Hours usually go from about 10:30 or so until the food runs out sometimes by 4pm or a little later. I can't vouch for the hours exactly as I suspect the voting crowds will quickly surge from here on out. If you want to make sure to get a bite, the sweet spot is from 11am to about 2pm.

The food purveyors at the table the couple times we visited are from Seoul Sausage, a Korean BBQ inspired line of signature sausages, fried chicken, plus tasty side dishes sold around town in farmers markets, wineries, and pop up eateries. Click here for details including their latest ventures.

Believe me, their weiner dogs are the bomb! The sausage is sweet like Korean BBQ, course ground for extra bite, and large and juicy too. Korean BBQ meats are typically marinated in plenty of garlic, soy sauce, ginger, and sugar and honey (and more stuff) -- a killer marinade. Anyone who has enjoyed Southern BBQ will enjoy Korean BBQ. This day our sausages were pork.

These kiosk versions came with 2 sauces to slather on or dip with.

The red sauce is not ketchup or salsa, but a pickled sour grated veggie. While not as spicy as classic Kimchi, the chili and salty fish sauce flavors are still instantly addicting.

If that is too much for you then try the white garlic & sour cream sauce, with a whisper of horseradish heat. I like them both and chowed it all down. every drop and morsel. My taste buds were slam-dunked by Seoul Sausage!

I would line up for these sweet sausage sandwiches anywhere or anytime. But beware as they go quickly at the Staple Center outdoor food kiosk.

But don't worry because there is a rotating supply of other sandwiches and wraps in the food kiosk queue including a pork, black beans, and rice Burrito from Border Grill by the 2 Hot Tamales (LA chef mainstays of Latin and World Cuisines.) and a Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich from Dulan's, one of the best soul food restaurants in South LA.

The pork, black bean, and white rice Burrito is fat and filling. There are a lot of chunks of pork that have the flavor of slow-roasting with banana leaves or green chilies - not sure which? The Burrito is loaded with white rice and black beans, lending a Cuban cuisine touch.

I also had a Pulled Pork (or chicken) Sandwich courtesy of Dulan's Soul Food. It's sloppy with sweet BBQ sauce on a brioche bun. And a couple pickle slices add a nice sour contrast to sweet ketchup-style BBQ sauce.

The sandwiches are grab-and-go so I was remiss gathering ingredient lists.

How did L.A get so lucky to have these talented cooks and chefs supplying voters with a tasty slap on the taste buds for taking the time to cast a ballot?


Wine in the Time of COVID

By day, you may know me as @momonfoodblog on Instagram but on Friday nights after 8:30 PM (when my daughter goes to sleep) I become Mom Somm on my Insta-stories. I took on this persona through a love of trying new wines and sharing my adventures in wine tasting with my followers.

As tough as the shelter-in-place orders have been, I love that many restaurants and wine shops are providing either curbsides, delivery or shipping deals.

Below are my favorite Los Angeles-based options that have been vetted by either myself or close personal friends. And if you try any of these out, please slip into my DMs and let me know how it went!

Best All-Around Wine Program in the Time of COVID

I feel like a major slacker when I only learned about Esters Wine Shop & Bar through finding the podcast The Long Finish on iTunes last Winter. This podcast is hosted by Esters owners Kathryn Weil and Tug Coker and follows their adventures in parenting, the restaurant industry and features a wine tasting. I’ve been hooked on this podcast, I feel like it not only helps me with growing my wine knowledge but they’re also going through a lot of the same things I’m growing through as a parent. Plus, there’s no wine snobbery here, unlike some other wine podcasters, who’s names I won’t mention…

Here’s why Esters has been my favorite overall:

All bottles are 25% OFF ALL WINE!

The podcast adds a fun element of “I’ll have what they’re having”. I’ve ordered wine, like Gota Wines’ ‘Prunas’ Tinto based off listening to them taste it.

They’re so approachable! Whenever I want something specific (even if I don’t quite know what I’m talking about) I can just call or email them what I think I want and they’re able to match me with a bottle that works. I’ve even thrown in “I want to keep it under X price” and they totally accommodated.

There is free curbside pick-up but there’s also free delivery on orders $100, as long as you’re within a 5 mile radius. I have been taking advantage of that and stocking up for the year.

I joined the wine club back in December and I’ve had no duds. I’ve tried a lot of wine clubs and I can tell you, I’ve had to leave some cause I felt like the clubs were just making selections from wines that they couldn’t sell or something was just off. The wine club wine bottles also come with a cool little cheat sheet with info on what you’re drinking and to pair it with. I love little details!

Kids Menu and Wine To-Go Please!

Hey, I’m not @highchairLA if I’m not talking about kid-friendly spots, right? LA classic, Philippe the Original, offers fantastic natural wine options along with their delicious, meaty sandwiches. My pick would be a beef sandwich for the parents, a PBJ Sandwiches for little ones and a bottle Glou Glou, Las Jaras for the adults to pair. Glou Glou is a red blend, Carignan-dominant and light enough to serve chilled.

Best Delivery Discount for Los Angeles County

I’m so sad that we have to miss out on wineLA’s fantastic wine tastings and dinners. In the meantime, we can support their alcohol licensed partner, Merchant of Wine, who is currently offering free delivery on order $50 or more within 25 miles of 90012. Merchant of Wine has a great variety of wines and over 50 bottles are 50% off. You can keep it under $15 with a Layer Cake Cab Sauvignon or you can also splurge on a Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon for $3,695 at discount.

For the Family Celebrating Cinco

I’m sad thinking about how quiet this upcoming Cinco is going to be, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your own festive at home family party! Pez Cantina, a DTLA favorite, is offering a curbside/delivery family meals including mains with roasted whole chickens, taco stations options, ceviches and, of course, packaged margaritas and sangrias.

If I were to pick out a Cinco meal of my dreams, it would be their Chili Verde Carnitas taco station, with Pozole Verde, Chips and Guac, Vanilla Tres Leches (my little one’s fave dessert) and I’d have to get a Red Sangria kit… I’m really making myself hungry/thirsty over here.

A Little Something Extra

Sorry Not Sorry, a playful Rosé themed bar in West LA, is offering 16 oz mason jars filled with your choice of rosé, white or red for delivery through Grub Hub. This is perfect for the girl’s nights on Zoom! There’s also plenty of food options to pair the jars with: I’d order the Grilled Caeser with a jar of rosé.

Sorry Not Sorry is having a MAJOR sale, through this Saturday, 5/2, 4 PM – 8 PM.

$9 32-oz draft beers, $14 wine bottles, and $19 32 oz cocktails!

Sale prices on takeout orders only – go to Sorry Not Sorry to order.

Most Impressive Online Selection

If you have a night to yourself and you love shopping online for wine, Stanley’s Wet Goods has the kind of site I could stay all night on. You can search over 400 wines by type, price, region, bottle size, etc. You want to find a wine from Slovania and priced under $25? I found it there. How about a bottle of Tannat from Uruguay? It’s there. Stanley’s is also offering free curbside pickup and free delivery on orders $150 +.

For the Parents Who Miss Date Nights

Severance, a beloved wine bar in LA, is offering Date Night pack on Tock, to pick up. The Date Night pack includes a French bread and butter, and arugula salad, a Gruyere- Emmentaler fondue kit, a charcuterie board and a triple chocolate brownie for $39 per person. Severance also sells their wines retail (I recommend pairing the Date Night with a bottle of Champagne Brut Taittinger).

A Killer Monthly Bundle

First off, if you’ve never had a proper wine tasting at helen’s, a little shop within both Jon & Vinny’s locations, add it your list of “things to do once we open back up.” It’s so much fun to schedule a tasting then pound an LA Woman pizza.

But more importantly, helen’s is offering a monthly 6 pack of wine for $150 (not including shipping fees). This 6 pack is selected based of the season and based off personal experience with helen’s, all the wines will be fantastic natural picks. This is a great way to stock up on wines in that sweet spot of $25 each.

If You’re a Pasadena Parent Who Needs a Little Liquor… and Maybe a Beer Too

Check out Everson Royce, a wine, beer and liquor shop catering the Pasadena area with curbside and free local contactless delivery. I love that they’re currently selling The Spirit Guild’s hand sanitizer in addition to their gin and vodka.

Orange is the New Rosé

Vin on Rose, a natural wine shop running curbside in Venice, has a wide selection of orange wine bottles on the shelves. In addition to dope wines, you can also order groceries for pick up. They have an online ordering system for pick up, so you can cover food to pair orange wines with. My favorite pairing is orange wine with some feta and some pita chips, I’m drooling just thinking about it! The staff is also very knowledgeable on orange wine, so you can call for recommendations.

Le Francophile Parentes

For the parents who are binging on Criterion Collection when their kids go to sleep, Garcons de Café, in DTLA is offering curbside and free delivery on purchases over $150. Snuggling up with a bottle of champagne and watching Masculin féminin sounds tres magnifique.


Watch Life in Korea, Street Food Video!

I know it sounds a bit strange, but TRUST me!

It will be the best thing you’ll ever putting in your mouth! lol!

Let’s make the corn dog batter!

In a mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.

Make a little well in the middle and add egg and milk. Mix everything together until smooth. Pour batter into a long glass and keep it in a fridge until ready to use.

Now, this step is very important!

Keeping the batter cold is one of the key secrets to success this recipe!

If the batter is warm, it won’t coat the cheese thick enough and become too runny.

Skewer cheese sticks into bamboo or wooden skewers. Dust with flour and place in a freezer at least 5 minutes to 10 minutes.

Now, this step is also very important!

As I mentioned with the batter, cold temperature is the key for this recipe!

If the cheese is not cold and room temperature,

it will melt way too soon than way before the batter cooks & turning into beautiful golden brown color.

It’s very important to keep everything cold, otherwise, the cheese will leak out to the oil.

Dip and coat skewered cheese sticks with the cold batter. Make sure to cover all around. Now, lightly and quickly coat with panko bread crumbs then carefully place into frying oil.

Another important part!!

I promise you this is only last thing you need to remember for this recipe!

You MUST keep the oil temperature in between 350°F to 365°F.

If the oil temp goes below that and you just drop the corn dogs…

It will cook the surface too slow and the breading part will be crack and open.

The cheese will melt all over in to the oil.

No one deserve that kind of mess.

So remember these 3 things.

Keep the batter cold

Keep the cheese cold

Keep the oil temperature between 350°F to 365°F, no below.

If you just follow that 3 simple rules.. you will end up this most beautiful cheesiest crispiest corn dogs. EVER.

Fry for 5 minutes or until golden brown out side. Remove form oil, place on a cooling rack or paper towel lined baking sheet.

Spread sugar on a small baking sheet or a large plate. Roll cheese corn dogs on sugar to evenly coat while it’s still hot. This is what makes Korean corn dog so special, so don’t miss out!!

Enjoy with Spicy ketchup (half ketchup & half sriracha) and honey mustard as Korean street vendors serve!


Mediterranean in SoCal: Luna Grill in La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Until recently, Southern Californians would have to drive to San Diego or Orange County to enjoy a meal at Luna Grill, which offers quality, fresh Mediterranean cuisine in a casual yet contemporary setting. Fortunately for Los Angelenos, a new location has recently opened in La Cañada Flintridge, so I decided to check it out.

Walking in, I could see how it was cross between fast casual dining, and a full-service dining experience. The decor was warm and inviting with cozy booths and modern decorative touches, but food is ordered at the counter. After choosing my items and taking a seat, I was pleased to have my food soon brought to me upon elegant tableware.

Their menu features a wide array of choices, from their signature kabobs to gourmet salads to wraps and burgers. They boast non-GMO ingredients that are locally and responsibly sourced without added growth hormones and free-range meat options, which is always a huge plus with me. (They also offer craft beer and wine selections – another plus in my book!)

It was difficult to narrow down my choices so I decided to try an appetizer, main dish, and a dessert. First off, I went with the appetizer sampler platter which includes falafel, a couscous medley, and hummus with pita bread. Usually it includes stuffed grape leaves, but unfortunately they were out when I visited. Must be a popular item!

The falafel had a great crunch and was drizzled with a zesty taihini sauce, and the couscous medley was also refreshing and light with chopped onions, peppers, cucumber, and parsley. I’m a sucker for hummus, and theirs did not disappoint, though I do wish I had opted to try the spicy hummus option. Next time!

Next, I enjoyed my main dish, which was the Bistro Filet Beef Kabob. The beef was tender and wonderfully seasoned, and the accompanying bell-pepper and onion slices were nicely charred. The basmati rice and side salad were a welcome addition to the plate, as was the cucumber-yogurt dip. Each plate also comes with the option of a carrot or grilled tomato garnish. I went with the tomato, which was popping with juicy flavor.

Lastly, I tried a couple of their desserts: a mini chocolate nut roll and a mini baklava. (I love mini desserts because it means you can try more things!) The nut roll was delicious and reminded me of a gourmet candy bar, but my favorite was the baklava which was perfectly flaky with a sweet pistachio filling. I only wish I had room to eat more than one… le sigh.


5 Minute Nutella Pudding

Three ingredients and about five minutes of your time. That’s all you need for this dessert.

Sometimes inspiration comes at odd moments. DH and I were driving home from dinner and my mind wandered off and suddenly this thought of making a super easy Nutella pudding just appeared in my head. Lucky for me, we had one last ripe avocado sitting at home. Technically it was DH’s avocado, but now that we’re married, his stuff is my stuff right?

As soon as we got home, I made a beeline for the kitchen to try out my newest idea. And success!

I previously made a very easy chocolate pudding that only takes about five minutes. This is the Nutella version. It’s just as good (though not as healthy) and even easier since it has less ingredients.

The key ingredient is a ripe avocado, which gives the Nutella a pudding-like texture. Like the chocolate version, the chocolate does a good job at masking the taste of avocado. I still feel like it is there and you can smell the avocado, so if you really really really hate avocados, you probably won’t like this. But the avocado taste is mild and still goes pleasantly with this easy pudding.

I love how simple and tasty this is. Plus avocados are good for you! You can eat it right away and it’s a light brown color. If you refrigerate it, it turns a dark brown, probably likely from the avocados turning turning dark, but still tastes the same.


More great road food routes

Start just outside Santa Fe, where the breakfast-anytime San Marcos Café ($ 3877 State 14 N. 505/471-9298) shines with superior cinnamon buns and startles with noisy resident peacocks. In Madrid, find tasty cones and shakes at Jezebel Soda Fountain (2860 State 14 N. 866/539-3235), and good lattes at Java Junction (2855 State 14 N. 505/438-2772). For buffalo burgers and a Harley-Davidson crowd, it’s the Mine Shaft Tavern ($ 2846 State 14 N. 505/473-0743). Dinnertime? In Sandia Park, Pete’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina ($ 12540 State 14 N. 505/281-0315) serves green-chile pasta with shrimp, and sopaipillas. For superior comfort food, try meat loaf or trout at Cedar Crest’s Greenside Cafe ($ 12165 State 14 N. 505/286-2684).

Start the day with a cinnamon roll the size of a birthday cake at Heaven on Earth ($ 703 Quines Creek Rd. 541/837-3700) in Azalea. Next stops: Grants Pass, for local-beef burgers at Eddy’s ($ 956 Rogue River Hwy. 541/479-8667). Then grab some jerky at Gary West Smoked Meats (690 N. Fifth St. 541/899-1829) in Jacksonville. And double back for a blue cheese at Rogue Creamery (311 N. Front St. 866/396-4704) in Central Point. Time for dessert. Take the road to Crater Lake National Park. On the way, you’ll hit Beckie’s Cafe (56484 State 62 541/560-3563) in Prospect, famed for its berry pies.


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