I’m taking a little vacation before we run out of summer, so it might be quiet around here. I thought I’d give you something fun to read about while I’m gone. (By the way, I can’t tell you how this compares to Kogi in L.A. because I’ve never tried it.) A bright green truck was parked in front of the Path train station in Jersey City today, about a block away from the Thursday Farmer’s Market. Closer inspection was required.
Korean bbq? Tacos? Were my eyes deceiving me? Apparently not. The Krave, a Korean taco truck, launched on August 17 (my Korean girlfriend’s birthday… a coincidence?). Maybe you’ve heard about them? Well, I sure hadn’t. I cancelled my plans and ordered some food instead.
They offer tacos in three varieties, all $2.50/each — Galbi Short Rib, Sesame Chicken, and Spicy Pork. The tortillas were fresh and soft. The meat was tender. The flavors were rich and just spicy enough. The galbi is my favorite (not surprising), and I think I’d skip the pork next time just because it’s a little fatty (which probably gets some people excited, so by all means try it!). Honestly though, if you like tacos in crazy flavors, it would be tough to go wrong with any of them. Each taco is a few perfect bites of meaty Korean goodness (with a squeeze of lime juice, of course).
Yes, they offer a rice plate too, but c’mon… it’s a taco truck! I did order the Kimcheedilla with Galbi though. It’s cheesey like a quesadilla should be. And my best guess is that they use some of those awesome canned ancho chiles in adobo to make this, because it’s really juicy and noticeably smokey. So take my advice — check these guys out on Twitter and make a trip soon to J.C. to try out The Krave truck for yourself.
I'm Justin Schwartz, an Executive Cookbook Editor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. My opinions are my own and have nothing to do with my employer. I'm an occasional food writer and wannabe photographer, and this blog is about what I'm up to these days. I'm the author of Veg Out Vegetarian Guide to New York City and The Marshmallow Fluff Cookbook. You can email me at justin at justinschwartz.com. I'm also on Instagram.
A lot of the books I write about are ones I've edited, so my opinions are very biased. And if I didn't work on the book, someone probably gave it to me for free. So keep that in mind before you take my word for it. Sometimes I just like to give a shout-out to my friends.