Boki Cart Brings Korean Fried Chicken to the Street
When I saw Luncher Dan L.’s report in the forums that a new cart had opened up on Fifth Avenue serving Korean Fried Chicken, dumplings and other Korean food, I knew I had to check it out.
The cart is called Boki and it’s currently serving five dishes, each around $4-5. They’re passing out samples of spicy rice cakes and curry kimchi rice to passersby. The rice cake I tried was gummy but had a nice kick in that sauce. Not sure if I would try a whole order, but I did like the sample.
For lunch, I ordered the pork dumplings and of course, the ‘Korean Fried Chicken.’
The dumplings were a disappointment. The shells were tough and hard to bite into. Inside wasn’t much better. If there was any pork mixed in with the noodle slivers and mushy veggies, I certainly couldn’t tell.
The chicken was better, but definitely not anything I would call Korean Fried Chicken. It reminded me more of the chicken served from deep fryer carts in Chinatown. The flavor was more five spice than garlic-soy, which isn’t a bad thing, just different.
All of it would have been better if it had been served hot. Each item was lukewarm at best, all seemingly pre-made. I won’t pass any permanent judgment on Boki since they just set up shop, but there’s a lot of work to be done, starting with firing up a deep fryer and doing making that chicken to order.
Boki Cart, Fifth Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets.