Exploring My Inner Asian / Food Trucks / Los Angeles County

GO CHEW: Gourmet Korean On The Go

I’m back! I haven’t been recently active on the foodblogsphere and after an almost four month hiatus from food blogging, I’ve decided to celebrate my re-entry by introducing you to a new favorite gourmet food truck of mine whose Korean cuisine I consider “off the dial”. I haven’t been this excited about a food truck for quite some time.

Miso Molasses Glazed Pork Belly & Mint

GO CHEW quietly made its debut into the Los Angeles gourmet food truck scene in February. Founder and Chef Charles Slonaker is the creative genius behind Go Chew whose culinary background is as unique as his menu. Korean by birth and raised in Southern California by his non-Korean adoptive parents, Chef Charles made the decision when he became a young adult to spend a year in Korea and get in touch with his Korean roots–learning the language, becoming familiar with the taste and flavors of Korean cuisine and its culture. He also had the opportunity to travel the world and cook in a number of renowned restaurants: Nobu 57 in New York City; Noma in Copenhagen; Joule in Seattle; Commerc 24 in Barcelona and Valentino in Las Vegas.

Tofu Yoghurt w/ Rainbow Carrots, Grilled Cucumber and Summer Squash

Chef Charles is a creative genius– whipping up menu items from available ingredients on hand and off the top of his head. Everything is prepared fresh and flavors are melded wonderfully together. He’s passionate about his craft but is also humble and continues to strive to push the culinary envelope, introducing the wonderful flavors of his native Korean cuisine with his own unique touch–no doubt also incorporating what he’s learned during his stints working in some of the best kitchens in the world.

12-Hour Soup w/ Smoked Tofu, Pork, Rice Cake, Kale, Cauliflower and Chili

What I love about Go Chew’s cuisine is that all the flavors clearly shine through–no competing, overwhelming flavors. What I also love is that at any given visit to Go Chew, just like a box of chocolates, you just never know what you’re going to get and it makes for a unique gourmet food dining experience. Chef Charles’ menu could easily be found on a successful brick and mortar establishment–it’s that good.

Clockwise from Top | Shorty Bowl: short rib, black bean & oyster glaze, shiitake mushroom, bean sprouts; Rice Bowl: Rice cakes, chili, egg, bean sprouts, sesame pork; Cauliflower: sweet & salty, fried garlic, Chinese chives; Fried Chicken Bowl: Jidori leg & thigh, green onion salsa, pickled daikon, egg; and Spicy Soup: pork & chicken broth, tofu, kimchi, egg and shredded pork.

You can follow Go Chew‘s daily whereabouts on Twitter: @gochewinc  And you’re probably wondering where the gourmet food truck got its name. It’s a play on the actual Korean word for chili pepper: “gochu“. So aptly named since this truck is hot! Go check it out!

Chef Charles & The Princess Gourmet

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One thought on “GO CHEW: Gourmet Korean On The Go

  1. Pingback: GO CHEW: Gourmet Korean On The Go | THE PRINCESS GOURMET « The Net Gourmet

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