KoJa [open]


 

Rating:

Rating: 4/5

Location:

38th and Walnut

Near:

Diagonally across from Huntsman

Phone:

(267) 322-9925

Genre:

Asian, Korean, Japanese

Hours:

11:00am-8:30pm (M-F)

Description [edit me!]

You know you've gone to KoJa too many times when you've seen enough episodes of America's Funniest Home Videos on KoJa's TV to know that they are actually repeats. One of the few places with Korean or Japanese food on campus, KoJa is also pretty slow (ordering ahead is recommended), but only due to a slow cooking process. Kim Bob Fridays are so popular we actually haven't been able to get one (ordering ahead is recommended), although saving lunchtime until 3pm to get the $4 special is always worth it. The double-edged sword is that their spicy foods make you feel more full and more likely to eat slowly or get hungry later. -MY

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g8OOmUDIEnP Tue, 06 Aug 2013

Quality: 1, Convenience: 5, Speed: 5, Friendliness: 4, Bang for the Buck: 2.
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Great food Wed, 03 Oct 2012

Quality: 5, Convenience: 5, Speed: 5, Friendliness: 5, Bang for the Buck: 4.
I\'m also a big fan of Kim\'s, but Koja wins out as the best asian food truck on campus, no doubt. -Bender B

Very good spicy food Wed, 28 Dec 2011

Quality: 5, Convenience: 3, Speed: 2, Friendliness: 4, Bang for the Buck: 5.
Have had their spicy rice noodle with chicken many times, and bulgoki. It\'s very good; the cooking time is very slow (not an in between classes meal) but worth it. -Anonymous

Best Cart in Philly Wed, 30 Nov 2011

Quality: 5, Convenience: 3, Speed: 3, Friendliness: 5, Bang for the Buck: 5.
I dream about this cart. There was a time in my life that I was eating here two-three times a week. I call ahead and order the spicy tofu noodles. The delicious spicy sauce soaks into the rice noodles and tofu on the grill. It is so filling, could easily be two meals, but the noodles don\'t reheat well, so it\'s an excuse to pig out and eat it all in one sitting. Sue is the sweetest lady. They don\'t start taking phone calls for lunch orders until 11:45 am or so. It gives me spicy belly but it is worth it. -ael

Meh Tue, 06 Sep 2011

Quality: 2, Convenience: 5, Speed: 4, Friendliness: 5, Bang for the Buck: 2.
I got the chicken teriyaki and I was disappointed - flavorless slightly sweet sauce, too much cabbage and mushy rice. My boyfriend got the chicken sukiyaki, which was basically the same combo of cabbage, tofu and chicken with a different spicier sauce. Spice, but not flavor. The redeeming qualities of KoJa are the VERY friendly service and the white meat chicken. I wish I got Chinese from down the block instead. -Penn Ballerina

Ben Franklin on Wed, 22 Jun 2011

Quality: 5, Convenience: 5, Speed: 5, Friendliness: 5, Bang for the Buck: 4.

Delicious Wed, 22 Jun 2011

Quality: 5, Convenience: 5, Speed: 5, Friendliness: 5, Bang for the Buck: 4.
Beef bulgoki was delicious - sauce and rice and beef were all great, price was good but not as great as some other ones ($6), but was very quick and delicious. so friendly and will definitely return! -Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin on Tue, 21 Jun 2011

Quality: 5, Convenience: 3, Speed: 3, Friendliness: 5, Bang for the Buck: 5.

Best food truck on campus Thu, 24 Feb 2011

Quality: 5, Convenience: 5, Speed: 3, Friendliness: 5, Bang for the Buck: 5.
Although Koja can sometimes take a while, it is still the best food truck on campus. They have a wide variety of Korean and Japanese items but they are most known for their Korean dishes. The Pork Bulgoki is AMAZING, but spicy and I also love their spicy tofu noodle platter. The Koja lady is very friendly, especially to regulars. If you are pressed for time, just call ahead! It's definitely a must-try on campus. -Koja fan

Ben Franklin on Fri, 20 Aug 2010

Quality: 5, Convenience: 4, Speed: 3, Friendliness: 5, Bang for the Buck: 4.

Good Korean food for chea Wed, 17 Mar 2010

Quality: 4, Convenience: 3, Speed: 3, Friendliness: 5, Bang for the Buck: 5.
There's some very good Korean food at this truck. The spicy noodle platters are my favorite. I think this truck deserves special mention for making some of the best vegetarian food on campus. The japchae bap (noodles and vegetables with rice) or tofu noodle platter are massive portions of spicy goodness. My only complaints are that the kimchi is radish kimchi and it's very mild for Americans. Also, the rice platters use a lot of cabbage for filler, so you end up with not so much meat. The Friday special went up to $4.50 per platter after 3pm but it's still well worth it. Oh yeah, they have Japanese food too, which is okay if you want your food a lot blander and sweeter. I don't understand the obsession with kimbap, but if pickled radish sushi is your thing, pick some up for lunch on a Friday! The owner lady is super nice. She remembered what I liked to order even after I had been away from campus for a year! Cups of tea while waiting on a super cold winter can just brighten your day. -Neuronix

GM on Wed, 30 Sep 2009

Quality: 4, Convenience: 4, Speed: 3, Friendliness: 4, Bang for the Buck: 4.

Tue, 23 Jun 2009

Quality: 5, Convenience: 3, Speed: 3, Friendliness: 4, Bang for the Buck: 4.
One of the best on campus. $3 chicken sticks are a steal and the noodle plates can feed 3! -Ben Franklin

Excellent Foodtruck Wed, 08 Apr 2009

Quality: 5, Convenience: 5, Speed: 3, Friendliness: 4, Bang for the Buck: 5.
This is without a doubt one of the best food carts I've encountered on campus. I would also recommend KoJa above some of the pricier Korean restaurants in the area. The only real drawback is that there is a bit of wait. Please check this out, it is worthwhile. -Caucasian Male

Fri, 13 Feb 2009

Quality: 4, Convenience: 5, Speed: 3, Friendliness: 4, Bang for the Buck: 4.
Kimbab fridays never cease to amaze... -AzN

Thu, 18 Sep 2008

Quality: 5, Convenience: 3, Speed: 4, Friendliness: 4, Bang for the Buck: 4.
I am Asian and have been craving good, cheap noodles while at school. KoJa's chicken noodle platter is delicious and very spicy, just the way I like it. The portions are also very generous. -Ben Franklin

High price, lots of food Wed, 16 Apr 2008

Quality: 5, Convenience: 4, Speed: 3, Friendliness: 4, Bang for the Buck: 3.
While the prices are pretty high for a food truck, KoJa gives you a decently large amount of food. Granted, a lot of it is rice/vegetables, but it'll fill you up. The beef bulgogi was really doused in sauce and lacking in beef. Also, the TV was missing today! -rl

Bittersweet Sun, 13 Apr 2008

Quality: 5, Convenience: 4, Speed: 3, Friendliness: 5, Bang for the Buck: 4.
Call ahead to avoid the lines. Although their orders are a little more expensive than the other food carts, the amount and quality of food is worth it. The woman who takes your orders is really friendly. One time when my friends and I ordered during the winter, we were waiting outside in the cold for a long time. She offered us complimentary green teas to warm us up! No one else has done that. -Ben Franklin

Koja Sun, 06 Apr 2008

Quality: 4, Convenience: 3, Speed: 4, Friendliness: 4, Bang for the Buck: 3.
So this truck is sort of out of the way from the main campus. Some general advice: never let the lunch truck people think you are a new customer they will rip you off. This happened to me here but otherwise I really liked the food although it was a tad expensive -Alex

MW on Wed, 02 Apr 2008

Quality: 5, Convenience: 3, Speed: 2, Friendliness: 5, Bang for the Buck: 4.

Long wait, Good food Sat, 08 Mar 2008

Quality: 4, Convenience: 2, Speed: 1, Friendliness: 2, Bang for the Buck: 4.
After waiting 20 minutes for food on a cold February day, almost anything would taste good. While the price is unbeatable for the quantity, the overall experience is not something I would choose to repeat. -AG

kOjA Thu, 10 Jan 2008

Quality: 4, Convenience: 4, Speed: 2, Friendliness: 5, Bang for the Buck: 4.
Good food if you want something very spicy. The wait is a little long, but you can usually watch America's Funniest Home Videos while you are waiting. -Abhi
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