Both the Boyfriend and I been fans of Korilla’s food truck for a few years now. In fact, I was so impressed by the operation that I interviewed Edwin Song, the owner, for a final project in my senior year at Fordham. I learned so much about the operation, which made me even more excited when I found out that they were finally joining the other food trucks in opening up a brick and mortar in the East Village.
We waited a few weeks after their opening to go because we didn’t want to get caught up in the crowd. We once walked by around 8pm and the line was out the door! We arrived around 1pm, which is a little after lunch time. There was a small line but it went by pretty quickly since it’s like Chipotle/Subway style. Once you walk in, you’re instructed to pick a base and protein. For the newcomers to Korilla, you have the option between a burrito, rice bowl and salad as your bases. For protein, you have the Korean classic Bulgogi, or marinated ribeye, pork, chicken and tofu.
Then you get to pick your choice of rice – regular white rice or kimchi and bacon fried rice. I highly recommend going with the kimchi fried rice! One man is in charge of scooping the rice out and then your order is slid down to the next person for the veggies.
They have a kimchi bar and a veggie bar. You’re supposed to pick from both – one’s pickled and the other one isn’t. Then you also have a choice between sauces – and this, I think, is the most difficult decision in the whole process. They have five sauce choices to pick from. Some of them are more spicy than others. I usually go with the Korilla sauce, which is a aioli sauce with a hint of spice. It’s sort of like spicy mayo but more smokey.
And there are the finished products! The Boyfriend went with a Pork Rice Bowl with Kimchi Fried Rice, Cheese, Cucumber Kimchi, Shredded Squash and KBBQ sauce. The sauce was smokey and tangy and tasted amazing with the pork and kimchi fried rice.
I had a Bulgogi Burrito with Kimchi Fried Rice, Cheese, Cucumber Kimchi, Shredded Squash and my personal favorite sauce, the Korilla sauce. These aren’t the most glamorous food shots but I was so ready to devour my burrito that I quickly took my pictures. As you can see, the burrito is quite huge. It’s packed to the brim with rice, meat and vegetable goodies. It’s not messy at all to eat since their meat isn’t dripping with oil and juices. I loved partner between the kimchi fried rice and the korilla sauce. It was smokey, just a tad spicy and oh so good!
There’s very limited seating so I definitely recommend taking it to go during meal rush hours. But you won’t be disappointed because it’s all so good! The best of both worlds – Mexican and Korean!