With Kimchi Fries This Good, the Rest of Ssahm's Menu Is Just a Bonus
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When looking at the Korean fusion trend that's chugging away in Dallas, it was impossible to ignore the Ssahm BBQ Trucks and their loads of "gourmet Korean tacos." Andy Park and Oh Kwon's first vehicle was one of the first to hit the streets of Dallas, and they've been garnering a loyal following ever since. Now they have two sets of wheels dispatching double-stacked tortillas packed with spicy, sweet meat all over Dallas.
It's the kimchi fries that get me going most. I've tried renditions at many popular Korean fusion restaurants and most of them make use of store-bought, frozen spuds with no skin and no character.
Sure, the magic of grilled kimchi, barbecued meat and melted cheese can make a Saltine cracker taste delicious, but that's missing the point. Properly prepared, freshly fried hand-cut fries are one of the greatest things a human can put in his mouth. Kimchi covered, hand-cut french fries topped with meat, cheese, spicy mayo, onions and cilantro borders bar food transcendence. They're evil-good.
The fries alone get this truck to four tires, but the rest of the menu can hold its own. The tortillas are store-bought, which robs them of the otherworldly quality that marks those fries, but the meats and toppings are all fresh and boldly seasoned. The pork is the most popular meat choice by far, but vegetarians rejoice, Ssahm's tofu actually has flavor too.
Lori Bandi Watch out suadero. These tacos don't mess around. Meat meets meat in Ssahm's kimchi hot dog with pork. Seriously, there's a hot dog in there. Sara Kerens Behold, the glory of kimchee and hand-cut french fries.