Big D’s Grub Truck Brings Their Tacos to Midtown Today
I’ve been wanting to try Big D’s Grub Truck ever since they came onto the scene back in January, but they tended to spend a good amount of time in Long Island City and Downtown. Downtown Lunch’s Andrea has checked them out a few times, noting that one should go for the pork or meat. When they were in Midtown last week, I saw on their Twitter that they were testing Chili Sesame Chicken and made my way over for some lunch.
Big D’s Grub says it’s bringing Asian style tacos and sandwiches (“grinders”) to the streets. The simple menu is definitely Korean influenced, but I wouldn’t go calling this the Korean taco truck just because it offers bulgogi. That said, when I ordered the spicy pork, I wasn’t expecting daeji bulgogi, but rather a shredded pork taco.
Excited about their 3 tacos for $7, I got the chili sesame chicken, spicy pork, and bulgogi, basically the same first meal that Andrea had gotten from them. Interestingly enough, my tacos didn’t have any sauces on them, but they did have cucumber slices that added a nice crunch and some moisture. When you have two huge flour tortillas holding your taco filling, you need to have some sauces to prevent the whole taco from feeling too dry. Like Andrea, I also found the chicken a bit on the blander side despite the chili addition. I wanted some more spice and juicier chunks of chicken. Their tweets from last week show that they are still playing around with the recipe, using dark meat now as opposed to the white meat I had.
Of the other two tacos, the spicy pork was the winner mainly due to its juiciness and spices. The flavor was a bit more well-rounded and complex than the other two, and the sauce on the pork made up for the lack of a sauce topping. The bulgogi wasn’t bad, it was just a bit too one-note for me, something a sauce could have helped out with. They do give you some good-sized tacos, a platter of three would be an ample lunch.
Not satisfied until I reach total stuffed-ness, I also got a side order of their pork and chive dumplings ($3 for 4.) They’re serving thick-skinned dumplings that have a nice amount of fresh savory filling, each big enough for two bites. Fried to golden, they are the best dumplings I’ve gotten off a truck. I went with the Big D’s secret sauce for dipping-it tastes similar to a spiced honey mustard which oddly complemented the dumplings.