Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ssahm BBQ - Korean Tacos

This week's food truck visit was a real adventure for me as I had never had Korean food, of any type. I had read quite a few positive reviews of SsahmBBQ on Twitter and Facebook, so it was absolutely time to see what I had been missing.

I started with a taco, which I ordered with beef short rib, making it a Kalbi taco.

The taco came with the meat, a sesame soy vinaigrette slaw, caramelized kimchee, cilantro, and onions. Quick note for those, like me, who are not familiar with Korean food, kimchee is a spicy, pickled cabbage condiment that is standard in Korean food.

What a mixture of flavors! It was spicy, not in an overwhelming way but in way that made you think, "wow, that's spicy" and then quickly the heat went away. The meat was very tender and melted in my mouth. Next time I will have to try the Daeji (pork) or Ddak (chicken). For those who are vegetarian, Ssahm also offers Dubu (tofu).  Any of the meats can be put on a taco, quesedilla or burrito.

In what I thought would be a side item, I ordered the Kimchee Fries. 

This could have been my full meal. 

These are cheese fries on steroids!  The base is hand cut potatoes, fried just enough to be extremely soft. Then the fries were topped with cheese, cilantro, onion, kimchee, a spicy mayo based dressing and your choice of meat.  Pork was recommended, so that's what I ordered. Oh my goodness!  I truly could have made a meal of these fries. The melted cheese, the spicy slaw, the spicy dressing, the tender meat and the super soft potatoes were a mix of taste that I wasn't expecting. These fries are filling though. I wish I had ordered them and nothing else; since I ate the taco first about half the fries went to waste, which was a real shame.

I highly recommed SaahmBBQ. Their location of the day is posted not only on their website but also on Facebook and Twitter.

Please don't wait as long as I did to try Korean food, I really feel like I missed something!

Friday, August 19, 2011

So-Cal Salsa is So Good!

So-Cal Tacos is a truck that is not yet on the roads of Fort Worth but is already making up batches of salsa and sharing it around the Metroplex. This week, Scott the owner of So-Cal Tacos brought some salsa to me for sampling. I am forever grateful for his hospitality!

The first thing you notice is this salsa isn't your normal pureed, Tex-Mex salsa. This is more a very finely chopped salsa, reminiscent of a pico de gallo.  A very tasty pico de gallo.

Scott's inspiration for this salsa is the salsa found in Southern California, hence the name of his truck. It seems that after moving to Texas, Scott and his family couldn't find the style of salsa they had come to love. So, as any homesick chef would do, he made his own. Then he couldn't find tacos that were "like home", so he made his own. And a menu was created and ultimately a truck was born.

This salsa is extremely flavorful and some of my co-worker / taste-testers tried to break down the recipe but there were just too many flavors to guess them all. It certainly isn't your corner Mexican restaurant's watery tomato-based flavor. The version we had a was mild but every once in a while a warm bite would sneak in, just to remind you that this wasn't your average chips and dip.

I am anxiously awaiting So-Cal Taco's rolling on to the streets of Fort Worth. I can almost taste a chicken taco topped with this fabulous salsa! Be sure to follow So-Cal on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on their truck opening date, you don't want to miss this salsa!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Tickets for the Food Truck SmackDown are now on sales

Go, right now to and buy your tickets!

This great event will allow you to have dinner with some of the best food trucks in DFW and benefit a great cause, Ten for 10: Water for Africa.

As of today, Gandolfo's New York Deli, Nammi Truck, Squeals on Wheels, Tacoheads, Gennarino's and So-Cal Tacos will all be there. You should too!
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