Sunday, May 31, 2009
Congratulate me. I just stumbled upon the least talked about Korean roach-coach in Los Angeles. I've seen this yellow truck in Koreatown before and have heard whispers about "that stand that sells really good Korean pancakes" for years, but I only put two and two together after trying a hotteok in South Korea just recently. The crispy/fluffy bread combined with a gooey, black sugar filling got me dreaming about hiring my own hotteok peddler to follow me around all day.
I found the truck in front of a shopping center (of sorts), on Western Ave, just north of Wilshire. There was no Kogi-line to deal with -- which was fine to me --but it also meant that the pan-fried hotteoks were probably sitting around for a bit.
These are a lot flatter than the ones I had in Pusan (see pic below) which were over an inch thick, but they were just as flavorful. The ones in the motherland were also only 50 cents each, whereas these were $1.50. Still, I'm not going to complain. I'm just happy I can get hotteoks, period. Otherwise I'd have to fly back again real soon just to get my fix.
808 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005