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363. Everyone Enjoys a Food Truck

Park, Su-yeon 기자2016.08.29 14:43:29

Everyone Enjoys a Food Truck

By Park, Su-yeon, Reporter

suyeon7586@knu.ac.kr

 

 We can easily find food trucks. Some of them operated in Kyungpook National University (KNU) during the KNU festival. These attracted students who enjoyed cheese, steaks and cocktails. In addition, there are some movies, which cover various aspects of Food trucks such as “American Chef”. Since 2016, the Park, Geun-hye government has tried to relieve regulations on food trucks, and young people have recently set up food truck businesses. Let’s learn more about food trucks by investigating some famous brands.


 A food truck is defined as a large vehicle equipped to cook and sell foods. In Korea, Food trucks were legalized in September, 2014 in accordance with a new regulation policy. According to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, there are approximately 184 food trucks in Korea and the food truck business has seen rapid growth over the past few years. Until now, food trucks could be operated only in designated areas, and owners felt too much pressure on paying a usage fee as they registered at various places. Now, Food trucks can move around in designated food truck zones, which is a great advantage for food truck businesses. In addition, the government has introduced a permit system, which enables the users to pay a usage fee by the hour and for each usage.


[Rapidly Growing Food Trucks: Shrimp Box and Steakout]

 Shrimp Box is one of the most famous food trucks operating in Korea. It specializes in shrimp dishes. ‘Lemon Garlic’ and ‘Hot Spicy’ are the typical specialties, and all of them cost 9,000 won. Visitors must find the location using Instagram as the Food truck moves around to different areas. Steakout is a food truck which provides high-quality steak at a reasonable price. The Steakout is another famous Start-up business, which was founded by students. Its slogan is “Real Steak for Everyone”. The Food truck is located in Yeouido Bamdokkaebi Night Market near the Han River every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The food truck sells only one item, ‘The Original Steak’, which costs 9,900 won.


[Food truck Industry Spread throughout the U.S.: Cup-bop]

 The food truck industry has also helped to spread Korean food to other parts of the world. For example, Cup-Bop, which specializes in serving typical Korean foods, became popular in the state of Utah. The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) covered three international students who operate the food truck. There are many food trucks in Utah, but Cup-Bop is the only one which provides Korean foods. Cup-Bop mainly consists of rice, pork, Bulgogi, chicken, lettuce and japchae. They attributed Cup-Bop's popularity to fast service, 10 levels of spiciness and rewards for people who use Korean.


[The Seoul Food Truck Start-up Academy]

 Now, a local government is making an effort to help young Korean entrepreneurs set up their own food truck businesses. The Seoul Food Truck Start-up Academy was hosted by Seocho-gu and Seoul Credit Guarantee Foundation, from August 2 - 3, 2016, in the Seocho-gu Office. It aims to provide food entrepreneurs with information on Start-up businesses as well as how to start a food truck service. In the free training course, participants can be specifically trained on the Start-up process, including filling in a business plan, taxes, marketing, raising funds, health control standards, differentiated food, and so on. On completion, course participants can get a certificate and a qualification to apply for Seoul Start-up funds. Visit Seoul Credit Guarantee Foundation web sites for more Start-up business details. 


 The food truck industry has had a positive impact on the culinary world. Not only does it provide a fast and convenient service to hungry consumers, it also offers a way to introduce Korean food to other parts of the world. In addition, in the highly competitive Korean job market, food trucks offer a good way for young people to start up their own businesses with low initial capital costs and deregulation. Since 2014, Regulations on Food trucks have been relaxed, and local governments are supporting food truck businesses financially. This could be an opportunity for someone who is interested in starting his/her own start-up businesses.

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