Thursday, November 4, 2010

Food Truckin: Yellow Vendor

The other day while working by Metro Center, I was longingly gazing out my 5th floor window watching the people who weren't chained to a computer. My interest was peaked when I noticed a bright yellow food truck setting up shop across the street. I had never seen this food truck before and after consulting Food Truck Fiesta's food truck tracker, I learned that it was the Yellow Vendor. 

Yellow Vendor serves traditional Korean dishes including bulgogi (marinated barbecued beef, chicken or pork) and bibimbap (sautéed and seasoned vegetables and chili pepper paste). They only offer “lunch boxes” for $7, which includes a main dish over white rice, a generous portion of kimchi (cold, spicy, fermented vegtables), and a small salad.

I ordered the beef combo which included a half portion of traditional beef bulgogi and a half portion of  spicy beef bulgogi. The beef was good, very tender and lean for the most part. The traditional beef was well seasoned, but seemed a little bland compared to the the spicy version. If I go back I will order a full portion of spicy. The two guys in front of me ordered the chicken and after reading some online reviews this may have been a better order. I am sure the kimchi was of high quality, but it seems that I lack the taste for fermented Korean vegetables and the majority went uneaten. I really enjoyed the salad (just chopped lettuce) and its mystery dressing. All in all it was a really good lunch at a great price. 

Yellow Vendor is not as good as some of the other food trucks floating around DC, but they still blow most traditional takeaway lunch options out of the water. I highly recommend them if you are looking for an escape from those assembly line sandwich shops. When was the last time you had Korean barbecue? for lunch? from a truck?

Find out if Yellow Vendor is parked by you on Facebook and Twitter @yellowvendor

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