East meets west
Innovative San Antonio food truck blends best of Asian and Mexican street cuisine
Beep, beep: A popular Houston food truck is moving into the Alamo City. On Saturday, November 14, Coreanos will celebrate its grand parking at 7038 UTSA Blvd., across from the University of Texas at San Antonio campus.
Coreanos whips up Asian-Mexican fusion that celebrates the best of each culture's street food cuisine. Take the Kimcheese Fries, for example, where crispy fries are topped with a choice of meat (beef bulgogi, Korean-style Chicken, or Korean-sautéed tofu); caramelized kimchi; onions; cilantro; cheese; and housemade El Scorcho sauce. Unsurprisingly, it's one of the truck's most popular dishes.
The mobile eatery also offers mains and small bites, such as burritos, tacos, rice bowls, dumplings, and quesadillas, to go along with its loaded fries.
This East-meets-West fusion is perhaps best showcased on its burrito menu, where patrons can order up an OG burrito stuffed with Korean-marinated bulgogi, crispy fries, cheese, pico de gallo, kimchi, cabbage, and spicy mayo, or the Dawson, which wraps up a blend of Korean marinated beef and Korean-style chicken.
Likewise, tacos can be made from a choice of meat (that same beef bulgogi, Korean-style Chicken, or Korean-sautéed tofu), but made either as the Korean BBQ, with cabbage, onions, cilantro, Korean barbecue sauce, sesame seeds, and a lime wedge, or as El Scorcho, topped cheese, onions, cilantro, and El Scorcho sauce.
Customers can also customize quesadillas, selecting which of the three proteins gets loaded up with cheese on the tortillas. Dumplings and rice bowls tend to lean more towards the traditional Korean-style, though all the bowls come with a healthy dollop of El Scorcho sauce.
It's this innovative fusion that has garnered Coreanos feature spots on Food Network’s Unique Eats and Food Paradise. Those successful appearances, notes a release, "springboard[ed] the brand to open multiple trucks in the Houston area, and soon Coreanos became a household name for all things wrapped in a tortilla and topped with cheese."
Whether it has the same success in San Antonio remains to be seen, but Coreanos will certainly try. In celebration of its newest truck — the company's first outside of H-Town — Coreanos will take 50 percent off its entire menu on Saturday from noon to midnight.