Orange Chicken Needs Rebranding

Two friends have traveled together to a new city, and are wandering the streets looking for somewhere to eat. One is a self-proclaimed “foodie,” the other is no such thing, but does harbor an appreciation for quality consumables. At some point during the search the two pass a local franchise of a national chain of Chinese fast-food, well-known for its signature dish – orange chicken. Friend number two suggests stopping for lunch, the foodie is appalled, labeling the chain “inauthentic” and suggesting a nearby food truck as a more palatable alternative. The food truck is eventually located, and the two friends gorge themselves on burritos, topped with sour cream and salsa and filled with Korean-style barbecue short ribs and kimchee.
 
The scenario is as puzzling as it is likely. Why would the foodie reject the “inauthentic” orange chicken for a hybrid meal authentic neither to the Korean cuisine from which it derives its content, nor the Americanized version of Mexican cuisine (itself of dubious authenticity) from which it derives its form?
 
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Riding Shotgun with Roy Choi presented by NOWNESS [VIDEO]

The man responsible for Kogi trucks (and much more) takes NOWNESS on a “trip” around his food truck empire.  Choi talks about his food inspirations and more as he stops at his different food posts.  This guy is credited with really starting the mobile food revolution and with his desire to feed people, give them a great experience along with his knack for being highly visible through online media it’s easy to see why.  Hit the jump to see the clip.

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TOP 10 KOREAN BBQ RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

As Korean BBQ becomes even more popular in Los Angeles and other places, more and more people are wondering where to get the best Korean BBQ.  In Koreatown there seems to be clusters of Korean BBQ restaurants together, many in the same building.  The question is, which ones are the best?  Well LA Weekly set out to answer that, based off taste, variety, quality and more.  Check out the writeup here and learn a bit more about the trendy food.