Certain food trucks always have a long line of people waiting at the order window, and Seoul on Wheels is one of them. At a recent visit to the Eat Real Festival, I was flabbergasted by how the line for the truck slinging Korean burritos, tacos and burgers stretched so long that it crisscrossed with the line for the beer tent several yards away. Since Seoul on Wheels makes their food ahead of time, the lines aren't a product of slow assembly. They are just that popular. The eye can deceive you, though, because while the order line may be long, there is no pick up window which means that turnover is faster than it appears.
The Korrito consists of your choice of meat, spicy rice, kimchee, cheese, cilantro, and crema, wrapped in a flour tortilla. I chose the BBQ chicken, which was prepared with a Korean marinade. It was pleasantly sweet with a nice taste of char and plenty of soy sauce. They stuff enough chicken to ensure some in every bite, even at the ends of the burrito.
The rice had a little bit of chili to it, but it wasn't all that spicy. Most of the kick in the Korrito came from the kimchee, but even then it was pretty tame. While it had plenty of fermented tang that worked well with the sweetness of the chicken, the red chilies in the kimchee were few and far between. Overall, the spiciness of the burrito would rank as mild.
There wasn't an overwhelming amount of cheese, which was just fine by me. It's not that the cheese was completely out of placeit rounded out the flavors and added some depthbut too much would have taken away from the Korean flavors and ventured into the realm of Tex Mex. Mexican crema is a bit thinner and not as sour as sour cream, and it added a creamy texture to the Korrito that may not seem like a good idea at first but really did work.
The premade nature of the Korritos is responsible for the fast service, but that aspect is also responsible for a few shortcomings, as well. When I received my order it was warm, not hot. The juice from the kimchee had also soaked through the tortilla somewhat, making it soggy in parts. And even though I didn't feel any customization was necessary, diners who would rather not have the cheese or crema don't have that option. It's also possible that the one-size-fits-all approach is the reason behind the lack of spiciness.
In the end, I want the food trucks I frequent to be mobile kitchens, not merely places to hand out food prepared somewhere else. That's what a catering truck does. So even though the Chicken Korrito was tasty, the overall package fell a bit short.
Rating: 2/5 (ratings guide)
Seoul on Wheels (@seoulonwheels) $7 for a burrito
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