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Silk Road BBQ at Kendall?

Their website http://www.silkroadbbq.com/ says they are in Kendall Square on Wednesdays and Fridays around Lunch. Has anyone see them or actually tasted the food? I've had it at the South End Food festival and they are great. I would love to have them in the area.

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  1. Their website had a little map of their location - I've been wanting to try it too. Will try to check in out this Wednesday for lunch. Thanks for the heads up.

    1. I enjoyed their food during Summer 2009 when they were a regular fixture on Trapelo Rd. in Belmont. Based on their being at the Weston Ski Track on Saturdays as it says on their website and confirmed by a recent tweet, I'd say the info they list on their website is accurate. Definitely worth checking out.

      1. I enjoyed the pulled pork sandwich at their Greenway location last summer. Tangy vinegary sauce and cole slaw in the sandwich. Very tasty.

        1. I've seen their stand in Kendall near the entrance to the parking garage near Genzyme....right across from the Segway Tour place. I am hoping to try them out this week if the weather doesn't turn too foul.

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          1. re: mangorita

            Sweet! Right by where I work now - must try it the next it's there!

          2. I tried this place today -- right next to the entrance to the above ground parking lot that is under Genzyme.

            Had a jerked chicken sandwich with a side of Korean carrots (curiously described as a Russian slaw). The chicken was nicely grilled (read: charred) and was placed in a grilled hotdog bun and topped with cole slaw. Had a sweetness to it that I didn't associate until the end with a spicy bbq-like sauce (not sure if that's what it was) -- i like the spicy kick and just which it hit before the last bite. The combination of the cold slaw, hot chicken, and sweetness was nice. A nitpick is that the sandwich is kind of small; they use a regular sized top-loading hotdog bun. Probably should be a fair enough portion for lunch for me, but his won't be enough for bigger appetites - you'll want 2 sandwiches. The Korean carrots were described as sweet, spicy and garlicky -- and tasted as described. It really is a big side of think carrot slivers in the sauce. No complaint about the taste, but the portion was larger than expected and that's a lotta' carrot to eat. That dressing on a real cole slaw mixed with carrots would be awesome!

            Not too busy today. Wonder if it was because of the snow or if people don't know they're there. I will say the two gentleman running the stand seemed quite nice. They even had a special today - turkey spaetzle, what the guy described as his take on Bavarian home food. They offered me a taste of the chicken, and seemed to oblige others who had to think about what they wanted. Overall, a nice addition and looking forward to trying some other things on their menu.

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            1. re: kobuta

              True story: Korean Carrots "koryeska morchovka" -- During WWII, the Soviet security apparatus decided that Korean nationals living along the far eastern coast of the USSR must be Japanese spies, so they sent thousands of families to live in internment camps in central Asia. Soviet soldiers fortunate enough to draw camp guard duty (instead of fighting the Germans) were astounded to see the Koreans take the camp food (carrots) and "kick it up a notch" by spicing up the food. Coming from rural villages all across the vast steppe, they had grown up on tasteless boiled potatoes and cabbage. After the war, the soldiers returned to their villages, and said to their mamas, "wow, food actually tastes like something!, please feed me "korean carrots." By the 1950s, this food idea had swept the Soviet Union, and today it is as ubiquitous to Russians as "cole slaw" is to Americans, found in delis everywhere, served at parties and picnics. Curiously, native Koreans don't recognize the name or the story, though they're certainly familiar with the tastes. Deceptively hard to master for western-trained cooks, it's a pickled shredded carrot dish with a subtle blend of hot peppers, garlic, cumin, coriander, soy, and vinegar. Our many Russian customers give us thumbs up reviews.

              1. re: edcornelia

                Fascinating! Thanks for the history. :)

                1. re: edcornelia

                  While I heard similar stories growing up in SU and can attest that "korean carrots" are truly ubiquitous, I can't understand where korean families would come upon any spices in Siberian camps, especially during WW2 when even salt was a super-expensive commodity.

                2. re: kobuta

                  Thanks for the report Kobuta. I need to remember to check them out. Do you know if they really only there Wednesday through Friday as their website says?

                  1. re: jfung77

                    I've only tried looking for them this Friday (I can see them from my building windows), but I think it's true. With all the snow, it's pretty quiet on that street though, so you can't miss them.

                    1. re: jfung77

                      Based on tweets that I've seen by them, and the fact that they posted that they were closed because of the snow on 1/27, I'd take their schedule on the website as official.

                      1. re: jfung77

                        They were definitely not there on Monday or Tuesday of last week.

                    2. I'm reviving this thread. I was at SoWa today and I stopped at Silk Road for some lunch. The staff was more than happy to offer me samples of some of their dishes. I tried the pulled pork, jerk chicken skewer, jerk chicken stew and a Moroccan salad. The pulled pork was great, both with and without the sauce. I don't eat a whole lot of pulled pork but I did enjoy the sample I was offered. The sauce had a nice vinegar bite to it, and there was definitely some mild heat going on. The jerk chicken skewer was tender, juicy chicken, grilled to perfection. Calling it jerk seemed strange though, since it was not really spicy at all. It had some good flavor, but if you've ever had jerk in Jamaica (scotch bonnets and all) then you will not recognize the chicken at Silk Road to be jerk. Still, it was a tasty bite of chicken. The Moroccan salad was tomato based, lightly dressed, and mildly reminiscent of tabouleh. It was cool and refreshing in the heat of the afternoon. Finally, I tried the jerk chicken stew. As with the skewers, this was not traditional jerk. It was, however, a warm, comforting and hearty stew. I really enjoyed this bite, and I was happy to eat a large order of stew served over rice. It was chock full of veggies and chicken, in a mildly spicy broth. Great flavor, and something I would definitely order again. I'm glad that I stumbled upon these folks, since I don't usually find myself in the other neighborhoods that they service.

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                      1. re: chefematician

                        Ed and I also enjoyed lunch from Silk Road yesterday. Did you get caught in that downpour? We had the Jerk Chicken plate with mediterranean salad and rice pilaf. We will most certainly be tracking this street food vendor in the future.

                        Silk Road did have a jar of hot sauce on the counter for those who wanted more heat. And, they are generous with samples so you know if you want it.

                        It's one of the things I've been noticing at food trucks. They have to appeal to a more general audience but they offer ways for you to personalize your meal.


                        1. re: BostonZest

                          I did get caught in that downpour!! I ran to a stairway for shelter.

                          They really are generous about the samples. I was excited to try a few dishes before I settled on my jerk chicken stew. I didn't even notice the hot sauce on the counter, but I will be on the lookout for it next time. I completely understand that they need to appeal to a wide variety of palates, and not everyone can tolerate spicy food.