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LA's Only Taiwanese Street Food Trailer Destroyed By Alleged Drunk Driver

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The Monterey Park staple hopes to return soon

The Kembo food truck accident
The Kembo food truck accident
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Sad news for the Kembo food truck in Monterey Park, as it seems the evening-only trailer recently got sideswiped by an alleged drunk driver during service. The accident has put the operation out of commission for the time being, with no timetable for its return.

The incident itself happened just over a week ago, with Kembo owner Ed Hsu detailing the damage from the accident on the truck’s Facebook page. It certainly looks like a scary situation, especially with Hsu and his cooks actually working on the truck the moment it was hit, but ultimately no one seems to have been injured. The other vehicle seems to have ended up plowing into the back of the cart itself before running all alongside it and the truck up front.

According to some follow up comments, Hsu says the process of reopening is going to take some time. There’s insurance to work through, estimates to be done, and then the process of actually rebuilding the broken parts of the trailer itself, or purchasing a new one altogether. Don’t expect to be able to experience Kembo any time soon, basically.

But when it does come back — and Hsu is adamant that it will — expect the same fantastic selection of Taiwanese street snacks, including meat skewers, popcorn chicken, and freshly grilled corn that’s dressed with garlic and soy. Until then, you’ll just have to wait.