It only took about 6 months for the Korean taco to become bastardized. Nowadays you’re likely to find 10 or more food trucks in LA trying to sell Korean tacos. The Korean taco has spread far and wide from coast to coast. The Freakanomics blog at the NY Times has an interesting question. Who owns the Korean taco? They’re conclusion? Well nobody really. Inventive foods inevitably get imitated. The culinary world is apparently full of this.
But what’s a Korean taco? There aren’t really any rules to what makes a taco, the only requirement is that the filling be wrapped in a tortilla. But shouldn’t the Korean taco have rules? And shouldn’t one of these rules be that there should be no cheese? I’ve never known any Korean dish to have cheese and certainly not a cheese medley that comes pre-packaged at your local Ralphs.
Party Q'sadilla korean taco - cheese, salsa verde with jelly-like consistency. Absolutely horrendous. $2.50 each
Calbi - cheese, beef and pork were tough and chewy. $2.15 each
The Calbi taco attempts to copy Kogi and maybe the sprinkles of cheese were an attempt to distance themselves from Kogi. Maybe Party Q’sadilla then copied Calbi instead of copying Kogi. Either way I think Calbi is to blame for starting the cheese on Korean taco but Party Q’sadilla wins for grossest “Korean taco”.
Wait, they both have cheese on them. Neither of these tacos is Korean!