Bulgogi Kimchi Street Cart Vendor
49th and 6th Ave
Everyone knows I’m a huge fan of street cart food vendors and it was a delight when my coworker Helene walked into work with a plate of bulgogi last week. At first I just assumed it was from Duke’s but no, it was from the highly rumored Korean Street Cart!! Man, I’ve read about this food cart on a variety of food blogs and have seen actual photos but I haven’t been able to find it till now. Located on the South-West corner of W49th and 6th Ave, it’s a bit hidden among the usual Halal Chicken/Lamb and Hot Dog vendors, but there it is with it’s bright red Korean food menu. They sell a full menu of Korean food including bulgogi and rice plate with Kimchi, bulgogi sandwiches, and more. I guess it’s a 2 team cart with a sales guy pitching the fare outside of the cart and his lady counterpart cooking and serving up the meals from within. I got the Bulgogi Kimchi Plate for $5 which comes with a free bottle of water. As for the taste however, I have to say I was a little disappointed. The meat was good but didn’t have that crisp crunch you’d expect coming off of a grill or frying pan. I guess that is part of the problem – these guys prepare it ahead of time instead of cooking upon ordering (unlike your typical Halal Chicken/Lamb vendors who slice / cut and fry your meat and serve it piping hot. The tiny tiny plastic cup of kimchi was also a let down – it was about 1 tablespoon at most of kimchi. Come on, how much does it cost to make some kimchi? Well, I suppose the novelty is still their advantage not to mention there’s no competition. There’s a pretty long line around the block I’ve heard. Maybe they just need some time to work out the kinks on this one – so I’ll go back and try it again in a few months. In the meantime, I’ve also heard rumors about an Indian Dosas cart somewhere. Anyone know about this ??