Combine wiener outrage with memories of L.A.'s Kogi trucks, and the 28-year-old Mr. Cho suddenly had a mission: Giving drunk San Franciscans a taste of the Korean tacos hammered Angelenos take for granted. So about a month ago, Mr. Cho got a couple of buddies to help him, and started parking his TaKorea truck outside Bar Basic on Brannan in SOMA, usually on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 10.Mr. Cho, who grew up in L.A., uses his grandmother's marinade recipes and makes his mom's kimchi. He's a bit of a stickler when it comes to meat. Since, outside of specialty butchers, he can't find kalbi with the right mix of fat, he's taken a pass, focusing instead on sliced rib eye for bulgogi. TaKorea also offers a spicy chicken and a veggie taco (pan-fried kimchi and tofu, drizzled with toasted sesame oil), and Mr. Cho finishes off every taco with sweeter cucumber kimchi.
TaKorea will soon venture off Brannan ― the truck makes its uptown debut August 27 at Off the Grid at Fort Mason Center. By then, Mr. Cho says, he'll be ready to unveil a quesadilla and a burrito. "I've been working on the burrito for about a month," he says, pointing to a simple truth: fulfilling a mission isn't easy.
"It's very daunting," Mr. Cho says.
TaKorea: Parks at Bar Basic, 510 Brannan (at Fourth St.), 227-0449; 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Check Twitter for updates. [Note: This weekend, Aug. 7-8, TaKorea might cancel its Bar Basic appearances. Like we said, consult Twitter.]