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OGguy Apr 10, 2012 06:10 AM

Coming Soon to the Asbury Park boardwalk

 
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  1. JustJake Apr 10, 2012 09:54 AM

    Saw that as I walked on the boards this past weekend - it's next to the Cubacan Restaurant.

    We shall soon see what it's all about.

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      joonjoon Apr 10, 2012 01:11 PM

      Call me a hater but every time I see a Korean taco stand I can't help but wonder....why???

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        OGguy Apr 10, 2012 03:23 PM

        Rumors abound that Korean tacos are delicious.
        Call me curious.

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          joonjoon Apr 10, 2012 07:22 PM

          In my humble opinion, Korean tacos are not as delicious Mexican tacos, nor are they as delicious as regular Korean food.

          Imagine if someone made a hamburger taco. I would rather just have a hamburger. Or a Mexican taco.

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            creamfinger Apr 11, 2012 09:21 AM

            As a person who has spent many hours standing outside the Kogi truck in LA and far many more hours wiping al pastor juice from my cheeks in any of the gazillion taquerias that dot southern California, I can say they're both great. As with anything, the quality of the food depends on the quality of the ingredients and the quality of the chef (or cook if you prefer). Korean tacos are a relatively knew thing, and are mostly a novelty right now; so to compare them to Mexican tacos, which are traditional national cuisine, come in a dozen or more varieties, and are served in thousands of homes, restaurants, food trucks and little roadside stands maybe isn't a fair comparison.

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              missybean Apr 11, 2012 01:29 PM

              What exactly constitutes a Korean Taco?

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                creamfinger Apr 11, 2012 05:45 PM

                The ones I've had have simply been Korean bbq in a tortilla. Some of them have also had some cabbage or kimchi added; some have a special sauce (usually gochujiang mixed with mayo or something similarly "Korean-ish"). As with Mexican tacos, you can usually choose the meat you want; marinated beef, beef short ribs, chicken, spicy pork or even tofu.

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                  JustJake Apr 12, 2012 10:14 AM

                  haven't tasted good Korean food since Eugene's 'folded up' (kids wanted no part of the business) in Browns Mills.

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                    creamfinger Apr 12, 2012 01:55 PM

                    You need to travel a bit. There are areas of New Jersey with a large Korean population and many great restaurants... unfortunately Burlington County aint it.

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                    missybean Apr 12, 2012 05:34 PM

                    Thanks, creamfinger. I figured as much but wasn't sure if there was more to it than that.

                    It sounds like I've been making Korean tacos all along without really knowing it.

                    Not too long ago I made Momofuku's Bo Ssam (pork shoulder) with various sides and condiments. Way too much food. The next day we ate leftovers on tortillas with some lime pickled onions and chopped cilantro.

                    Come to think of it, I often mix and match leftovers on tortillas.

                    Missy

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                      creamfinger Apr 13, 2012 02:57 AM

                      Clearly you need to open your own food truck. That sounds delicious!

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                        missybean Apr 13, 2012 07:00 PM

                        Thanks.

                        It's funny, I spent some time working on a food truck while in college - long before it was cool. Since then I've had various other cooking adventures. Now, I mostly cook for friends and family. Fortunately we have very eclectic tastes so I get to experiment whenever I feel like it.

                        Missy

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                          creamfinger Apr 13, 2012 09:19 PM

                          The next time you have leftovers, please let me know. I'm willing to travel!

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                            missybean Apr 14, 2012 06:18 PM

                            Well, I plan on grilling a boneless leg of lamb tomorrow which means we'll probably have leftovers on Monday. Maybe Middle Easter tacos with mouhamara, yogurt, feta salad and pomegranate seeds. If you are in the neighborhood you are welcome to join us.

        2. tommy Apr 11, 2012 01:33 PM

          Sounds like pretty good and fun beach/boardwalk food if you ask me!

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            angelo04 Apr 14, 2012 06:29 PM

            If this is anything like the korilla or kimchi taco trucksxin NYC we are in for a treat.

            For those wondering what Korean tacos are check out the examples in the below links, trust me pretty addicative stuff

            http://kimchitacotruck.com/menu.html

            http://korillabbq.com/menu

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              JustJake Apr 15, 2012 08:08 AM

              The question of the day will be 'what will they charge for their tacos'? I am in AP 3-4x a week, and walking on the boards yesterday by one of the other container 'shops' (closed with last season's prices) - I couldn't help but notice sausage & pepper sandwiches as well as cheese steak sandwiches at $8 a pop.

              Getting 'value' anywhere on the AP boardwalk is a 'long shot'. As posted earlier, we shall wait &
              see.....

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                foodguy88 Jun 5, 2012 10:19 AM

                should checkout KBG over in New Brunswick. They are located right on Easton Ave, next to jimmy johns. the korean taco's there are AMAzinG!!! You can choose either LA Style, which comes with cabbage, salsa, vinegrete, and lime juice. or the KBG style, comes with kimchi, cucumbers, and bibimbop sauce. AND the choice of meat for the tacos are even more amazing, pick from kalbi, bulgogi, spicy pork, bbq chicken, even spicy squid. At a great price too..3 for $7! Besides taco's, they also offer many traditional kbq meats over choice of carb, bon chon wings and even quesadillas. definitely a must try.

                 
                 
                 
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                  Tapas52 Jun 6, 2012 07:45 AM

                  I must try this place soon...looks yummy!

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                  roro1831 Jun 6, 2012 03:33 AM

                  Four bucks each or three for nine bucks.

            2. chefMD Jun 7, 2012 06:57 PM

              Had 2 tonight after the Carousel Market (right next door). 1 Pork, 1 Beef, 4$ ea. Pork was off the hook good while the beef was very good. Pork seemed to have more meat and "stuff" while the Beef seemed on par with portion you would get at a normal taco stand. Got extra kim chee and gochujiang which added extra zing.... Forgive me as I do not remember all the ingredients but were served on flour tortillas(mixed feelings on this).

              Worth 4$ a piece? I have no problem with it as quality was high & product was fresh. 2 pork tacos would be enough for me for a good meal and I usually have 3 at North of the Border (up till now the only tacos I find worth driving for).

              Joon.... why not? is a flour tortilla that far off from a bao bun? in essence, there are many of the same flavor profiles going on for both. I may be biased as they are 2 of my favorite cuisines and tacos are probably my appetizer for death row.

              If I lived closer, I'd eat 2 pork tacos a week minimum....

              www.eatmogo.com.
              https://www.facebook.com/eatmogo

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                joonjoon Jun 9, 2012 10:53 AM

                Hey chef,

                I'm not saying the flavor combinations don't work. They are tasty tacos. I mean how can you go wrong stuffing Korean BBQ in anything? I guess I'm really complaining about the hype and price more than anything. I would much rather have the 3 tacos with all the fixins from NotB for 7.50 rather than the 2 from Mogo for 8 bucks, but that's just me.

                But based on your review I'll give Mogo another try. When I tried my pork taco I waited a few minutes and it had cooled down quite a bit. Apparently their tofu taco is amazing too.

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                  roro1831 Jun 9, 2012 02:26 PM

                  If you buy three tacos it's nine bucks at Mogo. Just get a third for one more dollar.

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                    chefMD Jun 10, 2012 01:57 PM

                    I agree but then again, isn't everything hyped, or over hyped? when was the last time something lived up to the hype?

                    Price is subjective as well. I see posters lament pricing on this board all the time and frankly do not agree. The price of food has gone up considerably (recent interview with David Chang has him saying he is looking more at duck now than pork because it's getting too expensive) and must be passed along to the consumer.

                    On a recent trip I was "exposed" to some fast food pricing (I do not eat at the clown, the colonal, or the king). The pricing is about the same for this highly processed garbage as a couple MOGO tacos.

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                      JustJake Jun 12, 2012 10:04 AM

                      I have Friday off and will be moving my son into his frat house in NB- I do intend on checking it out good Dr. based on your comments. Though as I 'yelped' the place looking to get a bit more insight, it was panned by many posters - as coming up short should anyone have eaten Korean out in L.A or a Brooklyn food truck.

                      Looks promising (KBG); I have also yet to try the stand in Asbury - I don't seem to get into town as much once Memorial Day rolls by.

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                        coldsolderjoint Jun 13, 2012 08:22 PM

                        We decided on something different tonight and ended up in asbury park at MOGO. There was a bit of a driving rain and the boardwalk was pretty much empty. But the staff at MOGO where friendly and we ordered up a bunch of tacos.

                        I didn't realize it, but they where actually closing up shop early. The chef was nice and explained that they don't usually take that long but had been closing up early.. but assured me the wait was worth it.. (in all honesty, it wasn't that long.. i'd say maybe 10 minutes?)

                        I tried each of the Chicken, Pork, and Beef. I liked the chicken the best, while my fiancee liked the Pork the Best.

                        As a disclaimer, we are virgins to Korean Food and Korean Tacos. But I found the flavors to be wonderful, and the selection of ingredients to perfectly complement each other. I had never tried Kimchi before, but that stuff is literally off the hook. Sort of like a really nice red pepper relish.. although my fiancee explained its pickled cabbage???

                        So if I'm in the area or at the Pony, I'm definatley going to walk across the street and eat a few tacos.

                2. equal_Mark Jun 14, 2012 01:29 PM

                  Got to try Mogo's for lunch today. It was a cloudy cool day so there was no line. Got 1 pork and 1 chicken taco, which were served on flour tortillas. Added a fair amount of kimchi and hot sauce to each. The portions were fairly large and it was a fairly sloppy meal (not a bad thing). Some things that we noticed were that the kimchi itself was rather bland, and that the filling itself was served pretty much at room temperature. I like my kimchi with a bit of a zing, and my taco filling to be, well, warm (and OK, I prefer a corn tortilla).

                  All in all it was an interesting experience, but there are several local taquerias that offer great Mexican tacos with hot, spicy fillings that I like more...

                   
                   
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                    Tapas52 Jun 14, 2012 05:58 PM

                    Mark disappointing but a fine honest review....I agree with all you have stated...they lost me at flour tortillas...but I will give it one shot myself soon.

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                      JustJake Jun 15, 2012 04:20 AM

                      I agree (Tapas & Mark). What's with these little eateries inability to produce a taco with a corn tortilla? Is it a 'size' thing and the model requires getting 'x' price to make a go of it (So instead of $2 which my Taquiera charges me, it's a $4 tag for a slightly larger one)? The aspect that the AP boardwalk joint's kimchee falls 'short' is disturbing as that's one of the, if not THEE main ingredients to a KT.

                      The only time I have flour tortillas in the fridge is if I'm preparing to make a 'Fat Man' burrito with the rest of the unused ones typically going to waste as they're used that infrequently. Otherwise it's ALWAYS a stack of corn tortillas (on hand) for tacos, breakfast wraps, or making my own chips for a tortilla soup, or with salsa.

                      Still going to try KBG in a couple of hours and will report on the quality end of things (and won't mention that they too, use flour torts)

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                        equal_Mark Jun 15, 2012 09:14 AM

                        Was not faulting Mogo for using a flour tortilla, I figure it is just their choice in concept for what should constitute a "Korean" taco. I just mentioned my preference for corn tortillas. The cool filling and bland kimchi was another issue...

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                          JustJake Jun 15, 2012 09:42 AM

                          Understood you totally - further, it's something that i wouldn't care for - flour torts or cold kimchee.

                          Btw, in and out of Brunswick. KBG did not open till noon and no Korean food is worth waiting an hour for. Had a BLT next door at JJ's and pointed the truck south before the hordes start driving down the GSP.

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                        bgut1 Jun 15, 2012 02:08 PM

                        By way of Korean BBQ taco reference, the Kogi truck out in LA uses corn tortillas.

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                          seal Jun 17, 2012 07:35 AM

                          I made it to KBG Friday. Pretty much the same story as =M found in Asbury. Meat and toppings were good, sauce is standard, and no corn tortilla option.
                          After eating I nicely suggested they consider corn in the future. They said they tried it and did not like the flavor. But they did say they may consider offering a choice in the future.
                          On a side note, I was at Sams Club yesterday and saw they had a Korean taco kit in the cold/meat section. Guess this is the flavor of the moment.

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                            JustJake Jun 18, 2012 10:44 AM

                            Seal, I made it today as I took the car for an oil change in nearby Highland Park. Tried to get some Dim Sum in HP and as I walked in (@ 11:45 am, every table was full, with the counterperson telling me it would be a half hour as it was some sort of local organization's luncheon). Headed back to the office and I decided to try KBG as I crossed the river into NB.

                            Couldn't get the pork taco as they didn't have any fully marinated. Did the 3 for $7 with one bbq chicken and opted for Kalbi (2). Had the chicken first and it was tasty. Again, I'd prefer a warmer offering as the overall taste was on the 'cold' side. It had good heat, though I could've handled much more. The Kalbi was terribly disappointing in that it was probably bulgogi based on the amount of fat (which a little bit is ok). I had to set aside at least 5-6 half chewed pieces from 2 tacos that were inedible because of the amount of gristle etc. Told the counter person of it and bid her a good day. Will I be back? Probably for a combo, a day when pork is available and to try their Mandoo - but it probably won't be next week.

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