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Food

Seoul Sausage Joins Food Network's Great Food Truck Race in Addition to Planned Brick-And-Mortar

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(Photo of the Seoul Sausage team courtesy of the Food Network)
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Don't get flustered; your Twitter feed has not failed you. The reason why you haven't hunted down the three Los Angeles culinary teams competing in the upcoming season of the Great Food Truck Race is because the show is switching up its format, featuring aspiring food truck owners instead of seasoned road warriors.

The new season airs August 19, and will feature Barbie Babes (former caterers serving Aussie barbecue), Pop-A-Waffle (a threesome cooking up wacky waffles, including something called a fajita waffle), and most notably Seoul Sausage. Noodle heads who hit up Tsujita might have seen their under construction storefront in Little Osaka, the opening of which is highly anticipated due to the popularity of their various catering gigs, showings at street food fests, and appearances at the popular 626 Night Market.

The owners -- Chris Oh, Yong Kim, and Ted Kim -- grew up together in Korean American families in NorCal, attending the same school since they were younsters. Against their parents’ wishes the guys chased their love of cooking and started up a small business serving up Korean sausages with flair from Chris's apartment. Since then they've developed a stable of encased Korean BBQ flavors like galbi, kimchi, spicy, garlicky pork, and of course a vegetarian sausage for the meat-free crowd. They've also recently added "sausage and balls" to their repertoire -- the balls being made from Korean kimchi fried rice. (Hey, someone had to take over the innuendoes in Starry Kitchen's absence.)

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Seoul Sausage's storefront window (Photo credit: Krista Simmons/LAist)
They'll compete with eight other teams on the season which is fully wrapped. It remains to be seen who won the grand prize (a food truck and a $50,000), but whatever the outcome might be, we just hope it doesn't push back the opening of the brick-and-mortar any more. We're ready for a sausage fest!

(At press time we'd tried to reach the owners for an opening update, but had not yet heard back. Last word was for a mid-August date.) The Seoul Sausage team is hoping for a late-August soft open, and an early-September grand opening, barring any major road blocks. The series premieres on Sunday, August 19th at 10 p.m., and beginning the next week will air in its regular timeslot Sundays at 9 p.m. Sounds like perfect timing to us.