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Pork sliders

Pork sliders

The last time I was at Hankook Taqueria I noticed that everyone around me was ordering these pork sliders — two White Castle worthy squish buns filled with the kitchen’s spicy shredded pork, pickles, lettuce and cheese.

My kid and I stopped by last weekend to give them a try. While I applaud the messy generosity of these little sandwiches, I have the same problem with them that I do with the tacos at Hankook. Something about the mix of pasty shredded cheese and oily Korean chile paste does not appeal. I really love the free spirit of Hankook and only wish I liked the food better.

photo 3We also tried the day’s special — this Korean-style Cuban sandwich. Deli-style ham, cheese, kimchi and “Korean bacon” (crispy squares of pork belly — delicious) are piled in a soft sub roll. It’s really not a Cuban unless it’s pressed, so I was a little disappointed when it arrived. The flavors were interesting for a bite, maybe two.

Actually, no, just one. Bite. Hmmm. Pick out bacon…

What do you think? Have you been to Hankook Taqueria?

8 comments Add your comment

marty

May 10th, 2010
1:54 pm

i love the fish tacos

RK

May 10th, 2010
2:01 pm

I agree. I’m always dissapointed in the food. I dont think cheese fits in with any of those flavors and if there is a dish or two that calls for it, then use something of quality, not pre-shredded cheese in a bag. I think Thomas, the Chef/Owner needs to play off the bright acid that so many korean ingredients have to take his food up another notch or two.

Mark C.

May 10th, 2010
4:02 pm

I went months ago, back in October, after the first reviews came in; thought it was all “meh”. The food was pretty tasteless and it was all just kind of a mess.

Totally agree with John’s assessment of the cheese; it just doesn’t fit. The food was lukewarm. The sauces didn’t have much zing to them. The tortillas were bland and not the right thickness. It was really disappointing and I never went back.

I think he really needs to go more korean in his flavors, add fresh crispy vegetables, maybe grilled meats…make it seem asian but fused with mexican styling.

JC

May 11th, 2010
2:38 pm

I have settled on the burritos as my staple there. The kimchi rice is tasty, the beef stands out, and somehow the issues with the tacos don’t show up here. I like the pancake….sometimes. if it is hurried, it gets overly glutenous, but done right it is a great snack.

John Kessler

May 11th, 2010
4:25 pm

Definitely prefer the burrito to the tacos…also the fried dumplings are good…but I just don’t know…

Jace

May 12th, 2010
1:35 pm

Been a few times, have really enjoyed the food. True, cheese and Korean food don’t mix, but is worth the trip and presents a good value. Brought a few of my non-Korean-food-eating friends there and they have loved it.

Lay off the Kook

May 12th, 2010
2:40 pm

I totally disagree. I think the place is great. I have yet to find a menu item I didn’t like and whenever there is a new special, I always try and enjoy it. Even though the previous name of the place (different owner and concept) was Good Eats, that exactly what you get at Hankook.

The Real Foodie

May 15th, 2010
5:06 pm