The competition’s stiff out there for street vendors. Everyone knows that the cuter the name of the truck or cart, the more attention the food is bound to get. This is how we ended up with the likes of Curry Up Now and the Chairman Bao bun truck, both pretty funny names (and both luckily serving goods that live up to the hype). But my absolute favorite vendor out there, both food- and name-wise, is TaKorea, the cheap and amazing Korean taco truck.
I first (a little drunkenly, to be sure) became aware of TaKorea outside of John Colins, a SOMA bar where a friend was celebrating her birthday. I had a prime window seat, and as soon as I saw a truck pull up on the curb, I was out the door and in line. I didn’t know then that I was about to have crazy flavor-gasms in my mouth, which is probably good because my head might have exploded if I had.
TaKorea has a refreshingly simple menu consisting of four types of tacos: chicken, bulgogi, spicy pork, and vegetarian. The tacos are only $2 a pop and these guys definitely don’t skimp on the meat (or veggies). Each taco comes topped with kimchi and some special sauce, which would normally make me nervous. See, I’m an extremely picky eater — as in you will RARELY find me eating kimchi — but on these tacos, everything is ridiculously good. Apparently the truck likes to make appearances around SOMA (Bar Basic is another place I cleaned them out at), but follow them on Twitter to find exact locations and estimated arrival times.TaKorea Taco Truck Various locations (track on Twitter here)
Photo courtesy of Yelper Craig J.