Boki Korean Cart Updates Menu, Still a Work in Progress
A few weeks ago when we reviewed Boki, the new Korean food cart on 5th Ave. near the 32nd Street strip of Koreatown, we found that the dumplings weren’t so great and the fried chicken, though tasty, didn’t live up to the name “Korean Fried Chicken.” Well, last week Luncher ‘Pink’ chimed in to let us know that the fried chicken and dumplings were gone, and the folks at Boki confirmed that “after a couple of weeks of trial and error, we took the chicken and dumplings off our menu.” They went on to say that they are continuing to update the menu over time and that they love the feedback.
In the name of research, I decided to stop in again to see what options have replaced the outgoing ones.
The menu still consists of just a handful of dishes, now including two bulgoki options. The bulgoki bowl offers marinated meat with broth on white rice for $6 or fried rice for $7. I went for the bulgoki plate which costs a dollar more at $8 with fried rice and includes salad and glass noodles.
When he was scooping all the items into the container, I have to say I was concerned. It didn’t really seem to fill up all the way- and for $8 I expected the thing to be bursting at the seams. That worry disappeared as soon as he handed it to me. The brick-like weight made me realize that clearly this was just an illusion created by an extra large container.
The beef was sweet, if slightly dry, the broth countered that very well, so it wasn’t really an issue. The rice wasn’t what I’d consider fried, exactly, but it was speckled with bits of veggies and soaked up all that bulgoki juice well. The noodles were tasty although I could have used a little more of them. I don’t know if the dish is as good as I’d get in the various restaurants around the corner, but for the price, it’s certainly a good deal.
As they said, the cart is a work in progress and it’s good to see that they are listening to feedback. I actually sort of liked the fried chicken, so I don’t know that it had to go as much as it just needed to be served hot and not be confused with the chicken served at Mad For Chicken, Bon Chon and Kyochon.
If you’ve stopped by Boki, let us know what you had and what you liked and what they should change. It seems like they’re listening.