Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Coreanos Food Truck- One of Many Food Trucks at UH

Foot Truck: Coreanos
Various locations across Houston, Texas (Check on website)
Buffet or a-la-carte? a-la-carte
Date of Visit: 10/2/13

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Salam/Hello everyone, and welcome to my first food truck review! Today I will be reviewing Coreanos food truck, which is a fusion of Mexican and Korean food. It is located around various places in Houston, and UH is one of the stops. Every day, it is at a different location around the city. It has been around since I joined UH last year, but only last week, the Univserity Muslim Students Association announced that Coreanos were starting to serve fully halal chicken. This was a huge deal, as I was able to taste what truck food was like for the first time. Food trucks have been on the rise since the decade began all over the US. At first, most food trucks were located in Manhattan, but now they are growing increasingly popular, especially in Texas. There are now separate awards for restaurants and another one for food trucks. The reason for its popularity is because it provides convenience for corporate workers and people with smaller budgets. Now about Coreanos. Coreanos was actually awarded as one of the best food trucks in Texas by Smithsonian magazine. It has been regarded by many to be a nationally acclaimed food truck. And yes, the chicken is cooked separately from the other meats, so no worries about their authentication. They even have a twitter picture of them showing the chicken having a halal certificate (Link displayed below "Truck info"). I had been waiting for another halal option ever since I had reviewed Tandoori Nite last March, and was displeased with it. I first went on Monday to try it out, but they had run out of it, signaling that it was a huge hit for everyone, especially the Muslims. Today I got out of class early and decided to wait it out.

Let The Experience Begin!
After the class ended, I went there. It is located near Cemo Hall, where business classes are usually held. As I arrived, the people who worked there were still setting up. I was one of the first few people to get in line, but the line behind me was building up. As soon as it opened, I proceeded to order.

Let's Eat!
I decided to order the el Loco Pollo, which is a burrito with spicy marinated chicken, fries, pico de gallo, grilled onions and jalapenos, garlic spread, and el scorcho sauce. I customized a little but by adding Korean slaw to it. The price was quite expensive for a food truck at $8 (no tax paid). The waiting time was decent for a food truck at 6 minutes and 41 seconds.

Not everything on the menu is halal. It's only the chicken that is halal. It is however cooked separately from the other meats. You can even customize a menu item by substituting chicken for the meat that is stated on the menu.

The menu

The Burrito

Opened up

The Inside

The Verdict:
This burrito was amazing! No wonder it was voted as one of the best in Texas. The tortilla tasted very fresh, but the inside was just phenomenal. The el scorcho sauce was just perfect. The slaw was very fresh, and the chicken was tender. The fries were also perfect addition to the burrito. Another thing that I must credit the truck for doing is making sure that the burrito doesn't break open or leak from the bottom. Normally I eat the Arabic variant of the burrito, which is the shawarma and 75% of the time I had to place tissues at the bottom of it to make sure it doesn't leak onto my clothes! Heck there have been times where it actually leaked and made my clothes dirty! Nor were there any bread crumbs lying on the table. Nor were there remaining pieces of vegetables or chicken standing idly on the aluminum foil. Overall, two thumbs up.

Finally, after 7 months, there is a better, alternative place for some halal meat at the University of Houston. If you are rushing to class and you are hungry, but have no time to stop somewhere and eat, then Coreanos is perfect for you. They know that people have classes to go to, so they make their best effort to make the waiting time short. And they know how to make the food delicious! I will be definitely coming back here and eating the same burrito, but in the future, I hope they start making it fully halal if this continues to be a success

Truck Info
Service: 9/10 (No problems)
Food: 10/10 (Absolutely delicious)
Waiting Time: 10/10 (6 minutes and 41 seconds)
Total: 29/30 = 96.7% (A)
Pricing: $$ out of $$$$

Restaurant Information
Various Locations in Houston, Texas
Phone: None
Timings: Lunch--> Mon-Sat: 11 AM - 3:30 PM; Dinner--> Mon-Sat: 6:30 PM- 9:00 PM; 
Late Night--> Fri-Sat: 10:15 PM - 3:30 AM
To contact restaurant for catering or questions, email Executive Chef Louis at

Note. For location, check on their Twitter and Facebook Page

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Zain Mohammed

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