TT says: I’m taking the day off and letting CT take over. Enjoy!
Ever since first hearing about the Kimchi Taco Truck on Midtown Lunch, I’ve been wanting to try it. Unfortunately, I don’t work in an area that gets frequented by food trucks. After a failed attempt at the Brewer’s PicNYC, I was excited to discover the truck was parked nearby on my day off.
Looking at the menu, I remembered that they were known for their amazing “Kim-cheesesteaks,” however, I just wasn’t quite in a sandwich mood. So I decided to go for the Kimchi Bowl with spicy pork and a side of kimchi-aracini balls instead. The meal comes with a side of homemade kimchi, pico de gallo, lettuce, a spicy pickle and choice of white or multigrain rice.
The spicy pork was salty and packed with flavor; not too spicy but just a little kick. The pico de gallo seemed like an odd accompaniment, but it was actually a really refreshing side. The ingredients were all very fresh. The lettuce was simple shredded iceberg, nothing special, but together with the pico de gallo, it worked well as a great palate cleanser between bites, giving each bite of spicy pork a great new taste. I went for the multi-grain rice, half of which seemed a little under-cooked, half of which was really delicious and added an extra chewy texture to the meal. I’m glad I chose it over the plain white. Strangely, I’m not actually a fan of kimchi on its own, so I didn’t eat much of it. I tasted a bite, but found it a little salty. But like I said, I’m not a big fan so I can’t be a fair judge. And as for the pickle, anyone who knows me knows that I moved that thing far away from my food as quickly as possible!
For the sake of the blog, of course, I decided to add on a side of kimchi-arancini. Although I mentioned above I don’t love kimchi on its own, I decided to try it mixed into a cheesy fried rice ball… and I’m glad I did! The menu said it included “Asian parmesan” and while I have no idea what that means, it was actually really good. The perfect amount of cheese, where the taste was prevalent but didn’t takeover the whole thing. Though slightly greasy, they packed a punch of flavor with the slightly spicy kimchi and cheesy goodness all melding together. Not too much of the pickled-kimchi flavor for those who are averse to it, like it, but just enough to get a spicy flavor. It came with a side of spicy sauce too, but it wasn’t necessary. Though 3 small balls for $3 may be considered a little steep, I would definitely order these again.
Overall I was very happy I decided to give Kimchi Truck another try and will definitely be stopping by again for one of their kim-cheesesteaks.
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