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My wife works in the antique business and used to spend days combing flea markets for stuff (or “sh*t” as she calls it). So after promising to do things like rubbing her feet every night for the next week (and adding a feature at the bottom of this entry), I was able to drag her out to the inaugural LA Flea Market at Dodger Stadium on a hot Sunday (July 17) to try out some food trucks.
We walked among the trucks, checking out menus and spying other people’s plates.
And then we came upon the Komodo Truck. I gotta say, Komodo designed a clear, easy to read menu with pictures. Not only that, the pictures have labels. And prices. On top of that, they have combos. What could be simpler than having the menu put your order together for you? I couldn’t resist.
After agonizing over the beautiful pictures on the menu, we narrowed it down to the Killer Combo - 4 tacos for $10. It was tough because the burritos, meatballs, and french fries leaving the pick-up window looked so yummy. We settled on two Komodo 2.0s (seared skirt steak with jalapeno aioli and Southwest corn salad), one Blazin’ Shrimp (spicy Singaporean-style shrimp with sour cream salad) and one Asian marinated chicken (grilled orange marinated chicken with stir fried rice).
I swear I finished my two tacos (1 beef, 1 chicken) in under a minute, including a bite of my wife’s shrimp taco. The steak was tender with lots of flavor, aided by the jalapeno aioli and the cool corn salad. The plump little shrimp were spicy, a little too spicy for my wife, but I loved it (with help from the sour cream). And my favorite, the chicken, was beyond delicious. The meat was tender and sweet, offset by the salty fried rice. So good, it haunts me. One bite into that taco and it was complete awesomeness in my mouth.
Counterpoint: My wife was disappointed that the shrimp taco only had one tortilla. The filling was wet and deliciously messy and the one tortilla holding it all together fell apart. In her words (with a Japanese accent), “Who puts only one tortilla in a taco?!” Followed by, “How the f*ck am I supposed to eat this?!” I personally thought that a second tortilla would overpower the flavors (but don’t tell her that). Note: she finished the taco.
Was going to a flea market to eat at a food truck worth it to my wife? I dunno, as she still sometimes shrieks, “Who puts only one tortilla in a taco?!” backing it with examples. For me, that chicken taco enters my mind at the weirdest moments, like when I’m rubbing my wife’s feet. It was that good.
What I love about the food truck movement is the freedom of creativity of the chefs. And that we get to eat the fantastic results. The food at Komodo is world-inspired but still accessible and delicious. I'm no cuisine expert by any means, I just like what tastes good. Komodo's food tastes good. Really, really good. I guess I’ll be hearing more Japanese-accented cursing from my wife because Komodo tops my faves list.
Komodo Food Truck
Mrs. Foodtrucker Satisfaction Rating (out of 100): 93 (-10 for one tortilla in the shrimp taco)= 83
deduction will gladly be removed if she can have 2 tortillas in her shrimp taco next time