Komodo, Los Angeles
Chef Erwin Tjahyadi, a former apprentice of Wolfgang Puck, is the mastermind behind Komodo, a two-truck outfit that makes stops in Santa Monica, L.A.’s Echo Park neighborhood and on UCLA’s campus, among other locales. (There is now a restaurant in West L.A. as well.) The trucks serve up tacos and burritos with a flair inspired by Tjahyadi’s Indonesian heritage. Some classics include the Komodo 2.0, with top sirloin, jalapeno aioli and corn salad; Fish N’ Grapes, with deep-fried cod, grapes and roasted almonds; and Blazin’ Shrimp, with Singaporean-style shrimp, sour cream and cilantro.
Why is it called Komodo? Well, komodo dragons are the largest lizard species in the world. And, Komodo happens to be one of the largest food trucks in the city. Also, as Komodo’s website notes, komodo dragons have weak hearing and sight and so rely on their sense of taste to experience the world. – MG