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Friday, September 30, 2016

Din Din a Go Go: Highland Park’s Tuesday Night Food Truck Feast

Story and photos by Valentina Silva

There’s something going on in the 99 Cents Store parking lot in Highland Park. And it involves food. Every Tuesday night from 5:30 p.m.  to 9 p.m. , Figueroa Produce hosts Din Din A Go Go, billed as a “weekly food truck feast” with vegan-friendly options. A little more than a month old, the event has become an event, attracting a wide variety of local Highland Park residents—young folks, old folks, hipsters, families and more than a few dog owners.

I made my way over last Tuesday and, after finagling a parking space, I found a good selection of quality food trucks, including Ahn-Joo, the popular Korean snack bar on wheels, Lomo Arigato, serving Peruvian-Japanese fusion, The Dim Sum Truck and the Filipino Tapa Boy. Also present was a really friendly vibe aided by the most popular conversation starter of the night: “where’d you get that?”

We made a quick start with an order of shrimp and bamboo dumplings ($2.50) from The Dim Sum Truck. Plump and filled with a fair amount of shrimp, these dumplings were very flavorful. Not the best dim sum, you’ll ever eat, but still a nice treat.

Next up was the Crispy Adobo Bowl ($8, pictured at the top of the post) from Tapa Boy, a food truck that specializes in Filipino breakfast. Fried egg fanatics will enjoy the perfectly runny egg plopped on a bed of garlic fried rice mixed up with traditional adobo stew. The meat was tender though a little dry, but we solved the problem by adding a vinegar sauce and a squirt of hot sauce to the bowl. I’m not sure how this truck would fare with Filipino food aficionados, but for a novice like me, it was satisfying.

My favorite of the night was Ahn-Joo. At owner Chef Debbie Lee’s suggestion, I decided to go for the Korean Fried Chicken ($7), the truck’s most popular dish. One order included two very moist chicken legs, lightly crispy and glazed with a sweet sauce, served with garlic-fried and chili-drizzled Seoultown spuds. I wouldn’t have minded a spicier kick from the chicken, but the texture was everything it should have been.

I’m thinking the perfect Tuesday night in Highland Park now includes a stop at Old LA Farmers’ Market at Ave. 57 and Marmion Way, followed by some communal parking lot feasting.

–Valentina

Highland Park Din Din A Go Go
6312 North Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, 90042
Tuesdays 5:30-9pm

Valentina Silva is a regular contributor writing about food and restaurants. You can also find Valentina’s reviews and stories on her new blog, Eastside Food Bites.



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5 comments

  1. Yummy Yummy in my Tummy!

  2. Great idea…Too bad it’s on the same day as the farmers’ market which is also offering some decent food selection…

  3. Mmmm. I think I’m going to make my way over to Highland Park.

  4. I love these things! We walked over last night and happened to bring one of my dogs. The PhyDough truck was great for him! So glad this is only 2 blocks from my house.

  5. @HP Frenchy–you’re right. I try to go to both, but I think they should consider combining the events. It would be a great thing for the community.

    @Lauren–I saw the PhyDough truck last time. My dog wants some!

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