Kimchi Taco Truck Gets Finer With Age
Similar to wine, as kimchi ages, it gets appreciably finer (for most tastes). And it seems that after nearly a year on the road, The Kimchi Taco Truck has finally found its groove, and is turning out some pretty fantastic product. To be brutally honest, I wasn’t impressed with the tacos from this truck the first time I had them. They were horribly dry and woefully wimpy in flavor, so much so that I couldn’t promote them on Midtown lunch in good conscience. Instead, I’ve stuck to the kimchi bowls and their awesomely low-brow ‘kimcheese steaks’. However, spurred on by yesterday’s food truck promotion by Mastercard, I gave the tacos another shot, and was glad that I did.
The promotion granted the first 500 lunchers a choice of two tacos on the house. I went with a pork and a beef taco, which were graced with aged, chopped kimchi, scallions and swipe of sour cream. You’re in for a treat when you try Chef Youngsun Lee’s kimchi – it’s some of the finest kimchi you’ll try in New York, food truck or not.
But best of all, my previous grieves of dryness and flavor were immediately vindicated with this order. The meat was thoroughly juicy and flavorful, the pork a bit more-so than the beef. In fact, it was juicy enough to punch a few holes into the corn tortilla – luckily they thought to pack a fork in my bag.
I was previously a big fan of their spin on nachos ($4), and they’ve made improvements to these in the past 6 months as well. This version was far more generous with the ingredients, packing a good deal of meat and beans – a bargain dish at $4. Order the pork tacos with confidence, and while you’re at it, you’d do well to order the nachos as well.