The Korean Mobile Kitchen is driving around NYC serving FREE lunch, weekdays from 11:30am to 2:00pm, from April 18th through May 20th!
This past week, I managed to make two trips to the truck – once for the pajeon and another for the bibimbap!
I went over to the truck on May 2nd while it was serving lunch in Midtown, at 59th St and Park Ave. The item on the menu was pajeon (Korean pancakes) by Don’s Bogam. They served a slice of kimchi pancake and a slice of hamul (seafood) pancake. The basic pancake mixture is made from flour, eggs, salt, green onion, and vegetable oil. The seafood pancake had tiny pieces of shrimp, baby octopus, squid, and scallops. Yum!
Don’s Bogam restaurant is located in KoreaTown on 32rd St. They offer table-top Korean BBQ, stews and casseroles, and there’s also a extensive wine, sake, and liquor bar. I’ve never been there, but it sounds like a modern, fancy, and possibly lounge-like kind of place.
On May 6th, the Korean Mobile Kitchen was parked at 26th St and Park Ave, offering small bowls of bimbimbap by B Bap. You could choose from classic beef, spicy chicken, or their vegetarian option, tofu. I went for the tofu with shredded egg topped with a tangy soy sauce. I always enjoy bibimbap, whether served cold or prepared hot in a stone pot. It’s a very comforting dish.
B Bap fusion rice bar is like the “build-your-own burger” place of bibimbap. Bibimbap is a Korean rice dish that’s usually consist of white rice topped with seasoned vegetables, sliced meat (commonly beef), an egg, and gochujang (chili pepper paste). Everything is mixed together just before eating. B Bap has a few signature bibimbap items, but they also give you the option of designing your own bibimbap with your choice of base (white rice, black rice, brown rice, green tea rice, salad, vermicelli noodles), protein (bolgogi beef, chicken, spicy chicken, tofu), toppings (mushrooms, eggs, carrots, bean sprouts, etc.), and sauce (chili pepper sauce, teriyaki, tangy soy, onion garlic, nuts). Sounds fun!