BHM - Tau Poco
When I heard Chris Dupont got the idea for Tau Poco from serving up a David Chang inspired Christmas dinner for his Dupont staff using some Momofuku cookbook recipes, I knew that I had to try this place. I loved my one trip to Momofuku Ssam Bar in NYC a little over a year ago and was excited to see *anything* remotely close to one of Chang’s places come to BHM. While I realize that Dupont is not specifically trying to replicate any of Chang’s restaurants and Tau Poco is an entirely different concept, I still wanted to try his take on “bo ssam.”
Note, I've only been once so I cannot give a full review of this place (see AL.com article linked below) but I *want* to love it because basically it's a street food/food truck concept in a small building in 20th St. b/w 1st and 2nd.
Here is the menu essentially (thanks Al.com):
The concept is you choose one “vessel” in which to wrap your food (bibb lettuce which I chose, Korean bun, Venezuelan cachapa, Moroccan flatbread, one main (I went with bo ssam), 2 sauces (again, bo ssam and chimichurri) & one side (kimchi), etc. for $10. Mine made three decent size lettuce wraps of the pork but it didn’t taste particularly like bo ssam to me. It really tasted more like crockpot stewed pork and then the sauce was super oily and dripped out of my lettuce more than anything.
The venue is counter service only and limited seating (again, think street food, albeit messy street food) but the woman behind the counter was super nice and they do explain the process if you admit it’s your first time there.
For $10 plus $2 for a can of diet coke, it was not what I think of when I think of street food (ie cheap). However, I will be back to try the other dishes at some point as the fennel sausage and cachapa looked great and I hear the flatbread is good too .
I also want to find out about his new Dupont Public House venture at the former Lovoy’s spot in SoHo.