100 Favorite Dishes, No. 67: Bulgogi Cheesesteak at Say Kimchi
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.
This isn't just another cheesesteak
It's hard to figure out even where to begin with this thing, so it might be best to first describe the sandwich Say Kimchi tries to mimic. The cheesesteak: the famous blue collar sandwich popularized on the streets of Philadelphia, which has since clogged arteries across the country since its invention. The blend of meat and cheese, supported by an emulsion of steak juices and grease that's been worked over on the flat top for a few hours, is one of the greatest flavor combinations to ever grace a commercially baked roll.
Whiz with (with onions) has been the standard order, one of just few options available, since the dawn of cheesesteak time, but that's beginning to change in the era of food trucks, where mobile, young cooks are continuously getting more crafty.
It started with the Korean taco, a combination of beef bugolgi (a sweet, sort of barbecue) tucked into a tortilla and topped with kimchi. The flavors were built for each other, and the tortilla delivery system was genius, spurring Korean taco devotes in LA where the tacos were created, and then across the country. It eventual spurred all sorts of hybrid dishes, like this bulgogi cheeseteak, which you've probably already left your desk to go find.
Picture the most generous mountain of bulgolgi piled so high on a roll you'll need to start with a fork if you want to have half a chance of picking it up without a mild catastrophe. The mix of sweet, beef barbecue, creamy cheese and onions and peppers that still have a little bite is addictive, and while you shouldn't ever finish a sandwich like this, you likely will.
Save it for a special occasion. Your everyday cheesesteak experience will seem a little dull from now on.
No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher
No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna
No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas
No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing
No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah
No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake
No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet
No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co.
No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me
No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen
No. 87: The White Album at Spoon
No. 86: Ramen at Tei An
No. 85: Tacos at Revolver Taco
No. 84: Stuffed Chicken Wings at Sakhuu
No. 83: Korean Fried Chicken at Bonchon
No. 82: Grilled Branzino at Tei Tei Robata
No. 81: The Toddfather at Cattleack Barbecue
No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai
No. 79: Shish Tawook at Qariah
No. 78: Arepes at Zaguan
No. 77: Goat Momo at Everest Restaurant
No. 76: Steak Tartar at Gemma
No. 75: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's
No. 74: Spicy Fish in Oil at Royal Sichuan
No. 73: Pupusas at La Pasadita
No. 72: The Kathi Roll at Simply Dosa
No. 71: The Chicken Wings at Teppo
No. 70: Cheesesteak at Truck Yard
No. 69: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's
No. 68: Birria Tacos at Los Torres Taqueria