Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Seoul on Wheels - Cheeseburger

When I think of Seoul on Wheels, a cheeseburger isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Sure they have them on the menu, but when I walk by the blue truck my mouth usually waters with the thoughts of spicy pork or bulgogi. However, when my son came to work with me today and we headed over to the food trucks, he jumped up and down screaming when I told him a cheeseburger was on their menu (good thing he didn’t choose the bulgogi, a favorite of his, since they were sold out!). I have to admit I was a bit skeptical – could a Korean food truck pull off a great burger?

They have a couple of burger options on the menu. The first is the Daniel Burger, which is a cheeseburger topped with spicy pork, sautéed kimchee and the rest of the usual burger fixings. We opted for the the regular cheeseburger and fries, and for a mere $6.00 it was quite a good deal. They make their burgers to order, which is great since they are hot and fresh, but it also means that you should be prepared to wait about 10 minutes. If you are hitting up more than one truck then my advice is to order your burger first, then collect the rest of your food.

After placing my order I realized they didn’t ask me how I wanted it cooked, and since it was for my four-year old I did worry that it was going to be too pink. However I had no cause to worry because my burger was cooked perfectly. It was more on the well-done side, but it wasn’t overcooked at all. Instead it was juicy, tender and with a nice char on the outside from the grill. The meat had a lot of flavor, and there was the right amount of salt to be noticeable without being overpowering. It was topped with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles and mayo. We got our ketchup on the side.

“I liked that it was good and yummy and stuff,” was the reaction from my son. You can’t argue with that, and he ate the entire burger, save but a few bites left for me.

The burger came with a side of crinkle-cut fries that were cooked on the lighter side and tossed with salt. I liked them, but the real winner was the burger. I usually prefer my fries to be a little bit more crispy, and I will say that when I heated up my leftover fries the next day, they were much better! In an effort to be healthy I would have done sans fries, so it would be good to have a burger and salad option instead. I’ll have to try asking for that next time.

If you are looking to get your Korean fix then by all means stop on by Seoul on Wheels, but if you are in the mood for a good ol’ American burger, then they are a pleasant option as well. I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed, and if you are like us, you’ll want to go back for more!

Rating: 4/5 (ratings guide)

Seoul on Wheels (@seoulonwheels) $6.00 for a cheeseburger with fixings and fries

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