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Recession Obsession: Tweetin' Chinese Tacos On Wheels

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Kung Pao Chicken Tacos f/ Grilled Onions and Bacon
A Recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it stays in your mind long after digestion's end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet. Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that so happens to be inexpensive? Probably not. We're as lucky as we are well fed. We last obsessed overthe last nine months of this column. Today, we obsess...

Mobile food trucks, revealing their location on Twitter, who serve taco-fusion, is in.

This is no longer news. It's getting competitive on the streets, and the novelty is decreasingly novel.

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We're entering the phase of nu-mobile food's popularity where, if these kitchens-with-carburetors can't cook up obsession-worthy dishes, consumers will show them the quickest road out of town (the 5 North works.) Only the strong shall survive to feed us.

On the flavorful merit of their Chinese tacos alone, Don Chow Tacos is one nu-truck which might just stay parked. And their bi-continental delights are only $2 each. Hop on Twitter and locate Don Chow Tacos, LAist's latest Recession Obsession.

The Other White Meat

The Kung Pao Chicken Tacos are quite good, and they're a fun, unique dish. Plus, another $0.50 gets you grilled onions and bacon. It's their off-menu, In and Out-style nod to their in-the know customers. You'll be glad to find out, and not just because Bacon Makes Everything Better (TM.)

For my few dollars, the real star taco is the Chinese BBQ Pork. Sweet (but not too sweet) collides with savory (but not too savory) in what's quickly becoming one of my favorite dishes in LA County.

Don Chow has a menu full of other good ideas -- tortas, quesadillas, Don Chow fun -- but I've only had their Asian tamale, the chimale. It was just okay. And while I'd like to donate precious intestinal real estate to these other dishes, the tacos are just really damn good.

Hot Salsa, Friendly Faces

They have hot and mild salsas, both of which are pretty good. The way-friendlier-than-you'd-imagine crew is happy to let you try samples of either. Actually, they'll probably size you up, and offer you samples of what they think might do the trick for you.

It's customer service like this which'll help these guys in the race. They're veggie-friendly too.

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Don Chow's Labor Day weekend maneuvres --

  • Thursday 9/3 Zanzibar in Santa Monica 10pm-2am
  • Friday 9/4 Townhouse Bar in Venice 10pm-2am
  • Saturday 9/5 USC on Fraternity Row on 28th St. 9pm-2am

Photos by Erin Holness / used with permission