Hidden Treasures: Bulkogi Korean BBQ at the State Flea Market

Last night, Tony and I went out for drinks with friends and had a great time. Maybe a little too great. Needless to say, this morning I was not feeling 100%. It was such a nice, warm day and Tony has been on a search for Ace double science fiction novels, so a trip to the State Flea market was on for the day. I wanted to be a good sport, but I needed a hangover cure…and maybe a long nap. Luckily, my salvation came in a truck at the Flea Market.

Typically, the food at the Flea Market is of the fried dough variety. For the most part, if it’s not deep-fried, coating in sugar, or on a stick,  it’s not a meal. So, Bulkogi Korean BBQ is a breath of fresh air. They’re a chain of food carts that offer a spin on Korean food by mixing it with Mexican street food. The menu has some interesting items, BBQ pork or beef tacos, bulgogi (a marinated Korean beef dish), bulgogi-topped hotdogs, and kimchi quesadillas. 

Tony loves kimchi, whose mystique had somehow eluded me. However, I think for the cabbage-phobic, the kimchi quesadilla is a good introduction. The kimchi in Tony’s quesadilla was both spicy and tart and made what was a traditional beef and cheese quesadilla really stand out. Meanwhile, my BBQ pork tacos were a perfect mix of Korean and Mexican cuisine. The tacos came with lime, a cool cabbage slaw, and sriracha sauce. It was a lot of heat, but the pleasurable kind you can still feel on your lips after. Plus, the meat in both of our meals was grilled to perfection, which was a nice surprise for meals that came out of truck.

Overall, our meals were cheap ($2 for 2 BBQ tacos, $6 for the kimchee quesadilla), filling, and a real treat for the tastebuds. You never know what you can find at a flea market, and this was a true diamond in the rough.

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