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Food truck report: Seoul on Wheels

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SouthToTheLeft Aug 9, 2010 12:39 PM

What a serious disappointment. I've heard quite a lot about this truck, as well as California taco trucks and the ever-expanding Korean taco movement. I'd like to suggest that Seoul on Wheels is a poor ambassador for both things.

I tried Seoul on Wheels at the Friday-evening food truck extravaganza at Fort Mason. After waiting for forty minutes in an extremely long line, I proceeded to order the Chicken tacos, the tofu tacos, and a Chicken sammy. While I am willing to give Seoul on Wheels a bit of a pass (and hence the second star) due to the extreme pressure of cooking for thousands of people at a time. The food, all of it, was entirely flavourless and poorly cooked.

The chicken tacos were covered in a red sauce, had a few bits of chicken, and lots of lettuce. Lots, and lots, of lettuce. In fact, despite the drenching of sauce, the only taste was of lettuce. Iceburg lettuce. It was extremely boring.

The tofu tacos were no better, but at least the texture of the tofu stood in contrast to the lettuce, giving the bites at least some complexity.

The chicken sammy seemed to be Seoul on Wheel's version of a Vietnamese banh mi. Basically a chicken sandwich, it was on heavy, doughy white bread. Slopped with mayonnaise and more of the now ubiquitous red sauce, it only tasted of mayonnaise. Buttery, fatty, doughy. It was good, but also vaguely unpleasant.

I don't think I'll ever go back to Seoul on Wheels. It is not at all worth the wait, nor the cost. Safe yourself your time and energy.

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    calalilly Aug 9, 2010 03:23 PM

    Sad to say I agree. I had high hopes for this place, especially after seeing this truck on one of the many food shows I watched last week.

    I waited in line for about 20 minutes and ordered the spicy pork plate. It was only okay, but very greasy. I'm disappointed because I think it has a lot of potential. The food is not super cheap or expensive so it does seem like they could afford to use slightly higher quality ingredients. Regardless, I don't think I would go back.

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      jsaimd Aug 9, 2010 04:10 PM

      My husband had that reaction when he tried it. Not to hijack the thread, but what truck is the best local representation of the korean taco. I would love for him to be able to try a good example.

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        SouthToTheLeft Aug 9, 2010 04:15 PM

        I wish I knew! If you find anything worth trying, let me know?

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        ML8000 Aug 9, 2010 04:29 PM

        I tried the Korean tacos from Seoul on Wheels...have to agree not good at all. If I recall they didn't heat/toast the tortilla and that made it plasticy. The meat was meh too. Their regular lunch plates are much better. For decent Korean tacos I think you have to head to LA.

        1. majordanby Aug 9, 2010 06:25 PM

          hate to pile on, but i agree. it was a one sample size taste test, but the tacos were no good. the tortillas practically fell apart once i started to bite into it. i tried it last year at the eat real fest at JLS. thankfully, i didnt wait in line as i got there early enough. but, i talked to the owner and she was nice.

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