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Toronto A La Cart: Korean Food Street Vendor

flying101 Jun 3, 2009 08:47 AM

I work @ Yonge and Eg area, and Yesterday noticed the street vendor. So I decieded to try it out.
Picked up one of everything offered...

'Menu' -Bulgogi $6, Bi Bim Bap (Veg) $6, Tteokbokki (spelled wrong) $4

Bulgogi $6

Bi Bim Bap (Veg) $6

Tteokbokki $4

Overall, wasn't impressed. the food wasn't that tasty, it wasn't warm, shared the meal(s) with people from work, some liked the beef (I didn't). At the cost of $6 a meal, i would suggest going to HoSu for some Cheap korean food, they do lunch take out at probably the same speed this place does, and at the same costs and it is much much tastier. I am still hopeful for this new a la cart program, I want to try the Greek food and indian food places next..

anyone try this cart or others?


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    limabeans Jun 8, 2009 01:12 PM

    I actually really liked the food at this cart... The bulgogi is seasoned well (not too salty) and the tokkbukki is spicy and sweet.

    It's ridiculous to compare street foods with restaurant dishes .... restaurants are able to cook their foods to order, whereas the street vendors are (due to restrictions placed by the City) only able to reheat the dishes.

    Part of the fun is to be able to quickly pick up Korean food while running errands or at lunch time.

    Jamie - they ask if you want bulgogi on the bibimbap as an option.

    1. sgogo Jun 5, 2009 06:34 AM

      On a related note, I tried the Jamaican fusion vendor set up at Yonge&St. Clair the other day. Sorry, no pictures, but overall I was impressed. Tender chicken with fairly flavourful and spicy seasoning, let's say it was tasty but nothing amazing. The standout was the mango salad condiment, very fresh and a nice counterpoint to the heat. All wrapped up with lettuce in a white or whole wheat wrap. The price was $5, yes it might be more than I'd pay for takeout, but not all that much. She also had grilled pineapple for $2 but I didn't try it.
      I'd be interested to hear if others have tried this cart, and what their impressions were, but I'd eat there again if the occasion arose.

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        youdonut Jun 3, 2009 03:58 PM

        Now that toronto has opened the doors to different street foods besides the hot dog it will take a few years before anything decent or outstanding will show up on the streets. the us and other countries have been doing it a lot longer than we have and have some incredible good eats. give it some time, if the vendor doesnt improve they will go out of buisiness quickly and maybe someone better will move in..

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        1. re: youdonut
          szw Jun 3, 2009 05:17 PM

          Not if city counsel keeps up the ridiculous regulations. If you let street carts open up tomorrow with no regulation, except the most basic health regulations, there would be some amazing street food available within the week.

          1. re: szw
            Davwud Jun 4, 2009 09:42 AM



        2. atomeyes Jun 3, 2009 12:44 PM

          not to be rude, but what is one expecting from a street vendor?
          especially when the Toronto Health Department has such tight restrictions?

          maybe i'm dreaming when i think the only foods that can be done properly from street vendors would be anything grilled or deep fried - so that would be samosas and, as you can see in the States, Mexican.

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          1. re: atomeyes
            flying101 Jun 3, 2009 01:03 PM

            BBQ Grill = Beef Ribs, tasty marinaded meat
            on the side nice crisp pickled veggies and rice...

            I think that can be executed if they used a grill, this was a cart that served pre-made food.

            I think lots of street vendors can offer great food...
            Check out this site for vendors across the US to get some examples..

            1. re: atomeyes
              szw Jun 3, 2009 01:27 PM

              As an asian, I KNOW there are great street foods available. Just not in Toronto.

              1. re: szw
                exquisite Jun 4, 2009 05:02 PM

                I completely agree. I think it will be another couple of years before we see anything solid. As a Korean-Canadian, I would love to see this happen sooner than later.

              2. re: atomeyes
                Davwud Jun 4, 2009 09:42 AM

                Well in the early spring I said I'd try all of the new carts but as the reviews are coming in, I'm losing interest in trying them.

                I wasn't expecting much and it seems I don't need to waste my money.


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                jamie Jun 3, 2009 10:08 AM

                Just gave the bibimbap a try...and the original poster is right in suggesting HoSu as a better Korean lunch take out option at that corner. The portion of bibimbap from the cart was miniscule - a little rice, small amounts of sprouts, carrot and zucchini, and a leathery piece of tofu.

                The vendors seemed to have trouble getting orders correct, as nearly everyone in line ahead of me had to clarify what they want (those ordering bulgogi getting bibimbap and vice versa - I thought at first they were asking if I wanted some bulgogi on my bibimbap), which was amusing considering there are only three items on the menu.

                1. Crispier Crouton Jun 3, 2009 09:35 AM

                  bi bim bap in a styrofoam box from a cart just seems like an awful idea.

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