Category Archives: Korean

Update: New Oriental Market

Can you guess the dish? It's leftover samgyetang broth with kimchi, gochujang sauce, and rice. The things we do with leftovers...

I recently visited New Oriental Market and they’ve updated themselves quite a bit. If you haven’t seen my review of the place from last time, please check it out here. It’s a Korean place I would definitely recommend that is very affordable and deliciously fair for the price. It’s a pretty long bus ride from campus, but a reasonable 10-15 minute drive by car. It is near Austin Karaoke, but be careful not to miss it as it is pretty deep inside the strip mall near the railroad tracks.

Slick and printed, but also higher prices

As for the update, it is still located at New Oriental Market and the grocery store is as nice as before. However, I was first surprised when I entered to see a nicely printed menu on the wall. Yet with the better menu, I felt a loss of their spontaneity of dishes and there were also higher prices. Now the average price of a meal is $5-6 (bibimbap is still $5!) instead of the $5 before, but it’s not that big of a deal to increase the price a little considering inflation and all. The bulgogi, in fact, has gone down in price by about $5 so there is definitely some streamlining of prices. It is also still cash only and $0.25 for a take-out box. Be Asian and bring your own Tupperware?

Over easy egg on delicious bibimbap. If only the meat was marinated...

This time, I tried out the bibimbap I was eyeing last time. It was really good and the vegetables were definitely fresh. However, I was a little disappointed that the meat is not very well seasoned. It tastes like beef, but I was kind of expecting a bulgogi marinade that was not there. Just FYI.

I come with rice to help soothe your burning tastebuds

One friend got the spicy tofu soup (#6, soon du boo bak pan). She enjoyed her meal, but it was definitely on the spicy side. However, as she was my discerning taster from A Love-Cake Relationship, it was important that she deemed it a worthy enough dish to entice her to come try out more dishes at New Oriental Market again.

Can you see the whole chicken in there? You can imagine the bowl took over the tray.

Another friend tried the samgyetang soup, which is basically a whole chicken, stuffed with glutinous rice in our case, in a slightly seasoned ginseng broth. It is supposedly good for you, especially in hot weather. However, I feel like it’s a hearty meal for anyone who’s hungry and apparently both my friends who have had it have been able to eat it all with rice. The soup is pretty good, but also more on the bland side as the ginseng is not a very strong flavor. Actually, the only flavor seems to be the chicken. But that satisfied my friends perfectly well and they enjoyed their meal.

Aren't you looking delicious? The sauce was a soy sauce with green onions that went perfectly with the pancake.

Also, tried the seafood pancake. They also have kimchi pancake available. It is just like the green onion pancake available at Coco’s Cafe (which I will do a review on next) in that it is a sort of flat bread that is fried with ingredients like green onion or squid inside. It is surprisingly delicious, but also on the oily side. It is a good appetizer to split among people and we saw many other parties doing the same thing. At $7, this is a dish you want to share, and the pancake was deemed pretty good. It was warm, tasty, with lots of squid (but no shrimp sadly). However, it was also quite salty and not well-seasoned.

Wait, where are my sides? 😦

Finally, for extra info, the soups are still available and great as appetizer or to fill in any spaces in your stomach. I personally feel like you definitely get enough to eat and I usually have room to take stuff home. The sides also seem to be reduced to just kimchi now instead of the multiple sides they had before. And I never realized, but the New Oriental Market uses its resources well and uses ramyun from next door as well as its crockery. Want New Oriental Market dishes at home? You’ve come to the right place!

Rating: 😛 😛 😛 😛 1/2. I would still recommend the place for people interested in Korean food at the right college student price, but if you want the full Korean experience, you might want to go someplace else.

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Come Out, Come Out Korea House

This is where my Korean food questing began

Of the Korean restaurants to try in Austin, it seems to be from hearsay and Yelp that Korea House is the place to go. It is also one of the few places in Austin that lets you grill your own meat. Eager to try someplace new and far from campus (sorry guys!), we decided to try the place and see if it lived up to the rep. However, it was quite an adventure to find the menu or even the place! I can solve the menu problem for you by clicking here. I can solve the location problem for you if you read on.

Whoa! There's a pond back here people!

When we first arrived at the indicated location, we were very confused by where to go. The address is on Anderson Lane, but we could not find the place as we drove up and down the road. Apparently, you have to drive into the Village plaza with the Alamo Drafthouse and walk behind the first front of buildings like Madam Mam’s and Yumilicious. After you do so, you stumble upon a peaceful and lovely Asian garden where stands an alternative medicine campus and Korea House.

See the hood and raw meats ready to be grilled?

The nice thing about Korea House is that there is the option of both grill and regular. If you pick regular, just pick what you want off the menu like bibimbap, bul go gi, or even sushi. You get a regular individual meal with side dishes. However, if you feel like grilling your own food, you get put at a special table with grill and vent and you get to grill your own! Minimum of two orders of meat with side dishes. Just to let you know, only 3 side dishes are refilled. So we didn’t want to get too oily today so we decided not to go with the grill this time. We ordered individual dishes and ended up with dolsot bibimbaps and tempura udon. However, it did look delicious as you can see from the picture so maybe next time!

To make it taste the best, allow a little browning, then mix in egg with provided condiments

I first became interested in trying dolsot (stone bowl) bibimbap after watching Mario Batali make it on Iron Chef America. He described the dish, emphasizing how the egg gave extra flavor while the browning rice gave an added dimension of crunchiness and taste. Tantalized by this description, it has been my goal since to try it. After tasting this dish, I definitely felt Mario Batali was right and I think you’d enjoy this if you liked bibimbap. If you don’t know what bibimbap is, here’s a website I like for descriptions as well as the official visitor’s site for Korea. But basically, bibimbap is a rice dish with lots of vegetables and sometimes meat that is placed on top of the rice in a bowl. You then mix it together with gochuchang sauce and sesame oil at your discretion to make a kind of mix-your-own fried rice. Weird description, but a little bit like what it is.

For the dolsot bibimbap, it came out in a heavy iron bowl and was SO hot! It cooked the egg and browned the rice on the bottom. I even had to cool the food down before I could put it in my mouth, it was so hot and fresh. That also made it important to mix up the bowl quickly. Give half a minute to let the rice brown, then mix it up so the rice doesn’t permanently stick to the bottom. Definitely put on the condiments they give you because it makes the food taste even better! Go easy on the red hot sauce (gochuchang) though.  It was also a super big portion. If you’re starving, I’m sure the bowl would fill you up and if you have small appetites like us, it might be better to take some home or share with a friend. We were so full afterwards! I definitely enjoyed my experience of dolsot bibimbap and if you like bibimbap, you need to try it in a stone bowl.

Japanese udon at a Korean restaurant, you be the judge

For the tempura udon, it was deemed pretty good. It was also a huge portion with tasty broth and noodles. Lots of veggies like daikon or Japanese turnip and broccoli. However, there was only one udon shrimp and he looked a little lonely. However, it was tasty and fair for the price (~$8).

Hello sushi bar in Korea House

In terms of environment, there is obviously Korean touches, but there is more of a Japanese/pan-Asian feel to the place with a sushi bar right up front. There are LOTS of grilling tables, but be prepared for smelling like grilled meat when you leave. A little cramped, but more cozy than crowded with warm lighting and a relatively clean interior.

Aww, I thought you'd be unlimited refills...

Overall, a nice place to go get Korean food and especially if you feel like grilling your own meat. However, it was a bit on the expensive side (avg. $13-$15), but at least you felt full and it was pretty good.

Rating: 😛 😛 😛 😛 for self-grill, limited side dish refill, and variety. If you feel like getting some Korean food that you can’t get at the usual Austin places, come here!

Come On Down To Coreano’s

Decide what you want to eat as you wait in line

Coreano’s has been on the front page of Austin’s Yelp for quite a while now, prompting me to want to try the place. I’d heard of it, but never been, having only gone to their competitor: Chi’lantro. Chi’lantro was pretty good, but I wanted to try Coreano’s too and see what the deal was.

Coreano’s is a circulating food truck that has a food theme of Korean + Mexican food. Similar to Chi’lantro, Coreano’s has Asian-flavored burritos, quesadillas, and fries. However, what seems to make this place different is their meat selection and fries in your burrito. Yes, you read that right: fries in burrito (think Big Bite). The food trailer is nice and airy as you can see at the bottom with a good drink selection and even some Asian snacks. The people are quite nice and can even take a credit card!

Quesadillas, available for those needing to eat on the run (like me!)

I know I should have gotten the burrito, but I ended up getting the quesadilla with marinated beef short rib. It was good, easy to handle, and filled with kimchi and cheese that did not overwhelm the dish. If you are shy about heat in your food, only the mildest will be affected. However, I wish there had been a little more meat and it was pretty oily. It was also a little on the salty side. Yet the quesadilla was definitely filling and I am determined to go back and try something else next time. 🙂

Sorry for the Saran wrap, but hopefully you can see the food size of the tacos

My friend decided on tacos and a good choice if you want to try the many different variations of meat available. In the picture, there is some veggies missing, but apparently they pile them on pretty high. The tacos are a little small and might not be enough to fill you up. That’s when you take the time for fries! Coreano’s is quite well known for their kimchi fries and especially the Three Wise Fries that has three kinds of meat on it. Sounds delicious. 😛

The line gets long really fast so be prepared. Either get there early or be prepared to wait over half an hour. The food also takes some time to prepare. My friend and I got there before the food truck, but it took about 45 minutes for us both to get through the line and finally get our food. However, one must note that there appeared to be a fundraiser going on that day so that may have caused a significant increase in time. Also, be sure to understand there is one line to order food and another line to get food so make sure you’re in the right line!

And we got here before the truck got here

The food truck comes near campus at least once a week, if not multiple times. Check out their website or Twitter to find out the exact dates. Parked near the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs Mansion, you can’t miss it and the long line of people interested in getting the food. They ain’t stingy with the kimchi.

Overall, I think Coreano’s is pretty tasty and I have to say it’s a tie between Coreano’s and Chi’lantro. They just taste different. Chi’lantro is a little bit more Asian with the egg inside the burrito and smaller portions. However, Coreano’s definitely hits the junk food tastebuds with the fries and pork belly available. Food battle: tie!

Rating: 😛 😛 😛 😛 for tasty food, long line, and taking credit cards!

Kimbap vs Sushi

 

Nope, we ain't talking about you today, sushi.

 

Recently, I have learned about the existence of kimbap and am dying to try it, but still have yet to do so. However, the one thought that keeps popping up in my mind is: “kimbap vs. sushi.” What is kimbap and how is it similar/not similar to sushi?

Consumed with the thought, I typed exactly that into Google. An interesting article that came up was a Vancouver review of a local Korean restaurant that sells kimbap and why newbies/neophytes/virgins/greenhorns should try the food. Comparisons to sushi inevitably came up. Read the article here: http://www.straight.com/article-94158/korean-kimbap-rolls-out-of-sushis-shadow.

Looking at Wikipedia and the description in the article, kimbap seems to be an amalgamation of Americanized ingredients packed into a seaweed-layered rice roll, quite different from its sushi counterpart. Bigger and covering the basic food groups, kimbap is a lot like the American-invented California roll except with more familiar ingredients like eggs, spam, cucumbers and cheddar vs. the usual nigiri pieces and maki rolls made of only raw fish in sushi. The fact that kimbap avoids raw fish, one of my big issues with eating sushi, removes that problem and can be more filling for a cheaper price. Kimbap is usually bigger than sushi due to the amount of ingredients that seem to be in it. It also does not use as fancy ingredients. Granted, you don’t get the fancy fish or the pure taste of the ingredients, but it is made for a different culture and probably with different requirements. Japan is an island surrounded by fish; Korea is a country still putting itself back together from war and economic crises. The resulting foods and similar style can be due to the backgrounds of these two countries.

Both kimbap and sushi are considered a kind of “fast food” for meals. They are both relatively quick to make and easy to eat as they are cut into bite-sized pieces beforehand. Kimbap’s history actually stems from Japan and sushi, being kind of like the Korean version of sushi. However, it has far progressed into its own type of food and though the origins and characteristics may be similar, it is distinctly not sushi.

There also seems to be a different approach to making kimbap vs. sushi. When one thinks of sushi, it is usually a lone activity or a one main sushi roller with assistants around fanning rice and whatnot. When one makes kimbap, however, it is much more enjoyable as a social activity. It is often made for social events or just a nice lunch and is great to do as a group or just hanging out with people while making it.

All in all, I didn’t even try sushi until high school and was surprised to find myself liking it, raw sushi or not. Today, I still try to go for the sushi with cooked seafood, but I will occasionally indulge in a raw salmon roll. Now, I’m ready to add to my food range, kimbap, and try out a whole new culture of foods. What are your thoughts on kimbap?

P.S. Sorry, no pictures since I still haven’t really seen much kimbap. Please look online and you can see a lot of different varieties of kimbap and observe how different it looks.

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REVIEW: Bulgogi Burger…What?

 

A distinctly purple building with hangul everywhere, you can't miss it: Burger Tex II

 

When I was trying to find Sno Beach, I looked at a lot of restaurants along the way for future blog posts. One building that has always struck me has been Burger Tex II. It’s a brightly colored purple building between Buffalo Exchange and Antone’s Records with pictures and hangul written all over it. It claims to have a bulgogi burger that is absolutely delicious and it has actually been featured in Texas Monthly as one of the best burger places in Texas. I’ve been dying for burgers lately and finally my friend and I took the plunge and had dinner there.

 

Yeah, I totally messed up trying to come on Sunday

 

Burger Tex II is a short walk from campus and there are a lot of stores to visit along the way (I’m looking at you Toy Joy). It’s quite obvious where the building is since it’s next to two very popular stores by campus and is clearly purple and covered in hangul. We tried glancing in through the windows, but all we could see were shadowy tables sitting lonely inside. After taking a few pictures, we finally entered the restaurant.

 

Should we try it guys?

 

We were greeted by two main rooms that compose the dining area and a large counter area that is both the register and drink station. The kitchen sits quietly in the back. The people who run the restaurant are very nice, with the lady at the cash register welcoming us as we approached the register. After a few minutes of looking at the menu, we finally figured out what we wanted. I came specifically to try the bulgogi burger since that has been intriguing me since I first heard it. My friend was dying for a bacon burger so that is what she got. We each got the combo so we could get a drink and fries.

 

Order up! Prices are subject to change. 😛

 

After picking our spot, we looked around the place. In the back is a friendly wooden room that is perfect for watching TV with a clear LCD up in the corner. In the front, windows are on every wall and small counter space lines them, allowing you to eat and watch passersby (while they can kind of see you). At night, the windows are surprisingly bright enough to reflect yourself clearly as you eat. If you worry about dieting, you’ll definitely have a lot of self-awareness while you eat in the front. Cute little signs are all around the restaurant letting you know about self-refills and kindly suggesting what to put on a bulgogi burger. At the front, there is a table set up for water and tea along with any additives you could desire like lemon slices, spoons, and sugar packets.

 

Proudly displaying their awards above their very fresh toppings bar

 

Our food was kindly brought to us and we proceeded to the toppings bar. The serving and adding of toppings is reminiscent of Fuddrucker’s, but I’ll say that this place is better in that the toppings were very fresh. The lettuce was in big leafy pieces and the tomatoes were gleaming and red. There were many different kinds of sauces, but I specifically tried the homemade sauce that tastes quite similar to 1000 island dressing. However, it tasted perfectly with my bulgogi burger. I added tomatoes, lettuce, and onions to my burger since I do like these toppings. My friend added lettuce onto her burger and ketchup for her fries.

 

DBC: Delicious Bacon Cheeseburger

 

The burgers were huge and the fries were absolutely delicious. The bulgogi burger is not a burger per se as chopped up beef cooked together into a patty, but instead more reminiscent of a chopped steak in a hamburger bun. However, the marinade was tasty and a great combination with the homemade dressing. My friend had the bacon burger with cheese (which is your choice as seen in the menu) and she really enjoyed it. The burger definitely had a distinct taste and it was juicy with a slight grilled taste. It was exactly what she felt like and it was big enough to last for two meals. Finally, the fries were SO good! They were clearly fresh with a crispy coating and seasoned well from the oil. I can’t believe it’s vegetable oil, it tasted really good. They were the exact greasiness and crispiness fries should be and nice and hot. There was also a lot of them so that was even better. I’ll admit I love the fries. 🙂

 

Here is what a bulgogi burger looks like and their delicious fries

 

Overall, Burger Tex II is a quaint place on the Drag near campus that has tasty burgers you don’t have to worry about getting Mad Cow Disease from. There are unique creations like the bulgogi burger as well as classic standards like hamburgers and grilled chicken sandwiches. There are also other menu items like organic salads and kids meals. The place is a little small for a big group, but it slowly gets busier with time and definitely worth the walk if you are dying for a good burger. Even more importantly, you should come here if you’re dying for some good fries. I am definitely coming back.

 

That reporter is so right, come try out Burger Tex II!

 

Rating: 😛 😛 😛 😛 1/2, if not for being in Texas Monthly as a great place for burgers, then you should definitely come here just for the fries and friendly service.

Korean Food…Called New Oriental Market

Hi everyone!

I’m sorry this is so late, but I’m back in Austin and ready to reboot this blog. I am now presenting the post that I promised a while back and it’s full of yummy food and pictures for a new place to try. Thank you for reading!

Super hungry and free for an evening, my friends and I decided to have a foodie adventure and went to a Korean restaurant a little ways up and across from Austin Karaoke. The restaurant is attached to an Asian supermarket and all put under the same title: New Oriental Market.

The New Oriental Market Sign

So what's the name again?

I don’t even know if the restaurant is called New Oriental Market or has no name. Either way, the food is way yummy and the food you eat can be slightly walked off looking around the grocery store part and walking to the bus stop.

So what makes this place different? It seems many a Korean restaurant has been found attached to an Asian market with a counter to order from, a board full of foreign-named foods, and pick-your-own seating. What makes this place different is the food and their prices.

Video Walkway

Video Walkway

Entering into New Oriental Market, you walk into the grocery store part full of classic Asian grocery store stuff from Pocky to ramen to…sake sets? Yes, sake sets, sushi boats, all sorts of Asian crockery that may appease your tastes for a time. There are also Korean goodies like kimbap available as well. Walking past the endcaps, you see a strange passageway of video tapes and enter into a bright and windowed dining room. A huge TV is set up in a corner and you see people sitting and enjoying their food at the mishmash of Asian-looking chairs and tables. You won’t be losing weight walking around the place, but there are little goodies to linger over and contemplate opening your wallet for.

Menu

Menu in both english and hangul. Click for close-up of the menu!

At first glance, the menu can be overwhelming with its many dishes and those that are only described in hangul. There is a basic menu of dishes like jjangmyun and galbi and then some extras for the people in the know (or can read hangul :)). My friends and I were having a hard time deciding what to get. Some of us had been there and some of us had not. I was the “had not.” Some popular choices are the ‘bi bim bab’ and ‘bul go gi.’ If you have a feeling for carb overload, there is always the noodle and rice choices like ‘jab chae bab.’ There is also a nice variety of soups such as the kim chi soup and seafood soup. What really catches the eye is that all the entrees are $5! Including tax! Now, granted, it is cash only and there are some dishes that are more than $5, but that’s because these are the dishes that are a little harder to make yet super tasty as well. Overall, the price is definitely right and you get great value for your $5. The food is yummy and portion size is large.

Carb overload! There's actually rice underneath those noodles.

Now, onto the food! One of my friends ordered the cold buckwheat noodles and found it quite tasty, a dish that would be refreshing in the hot summertime of Austin. Next was another friend who got bibimbap and it looked so yummy! What made it different from others I have seen is how fresh it looked. The egg was fresh off the pan and sat upon the top in all its crowning glory. The veggies beneath were colorfully arranged with the green shining beneath. A third friend got a sort of soup dish that came in a quaint pot and was deemed rather tasty. I personally got the noodle and rice dish, total carb overload. It was yummy though and I appreciated the clean slate of the rice against the rather greasy noodles. There were also a lot of vegetables, which was good since I had been missing some for the last few days.

Egg Drop SoupAfter ordering, the cashier gives you a number that is called when your order is ready. The entrée, with its three side dishes, are put onto a tray to be carried to the bright dining area full of a mishmash of Asian-looking chairs and tables. The place seems to be generally clean and the side dishes checked on regularly for temperature control. That leads me to what must surely be noted: the side dishes and extras available in the dining area that come complimentary with the meal. First, to quench your thirst, there is a tank for water and a tank for hot tea. Next, there is a pot full of egg soup as either an appetizer or an accompaniment for the meal. Finally, there is a cooler further to the side full of a sweet bean soup that could also be an appetizer or a dessert.

Overall, New Oriental Market is a very interesting place to waste a few hours eating and then walking around the market, which is a decent size. You won’t be losing weight walking around the place, but there are little goodies to linger over and contemplate opening your wallet for. The food is delicious and the price is more than fair. The place seems to be generally clean and other than the somewhat confusing walk and bus ride there, this would be a cheap and easy way to satisfy your Asian food fix.

If you want to learn more about the different food options available, some good places to look at are the official Korean visitor’s website or Wikipedia. The rest of the food pictures are at the bottom! 🙂

Rating: 😛 😛 😛 😛 ½ for $5 entrees that are awesome and lots of food options. If you have a craving for Korean, I strongly suggest trying this place!

Here are the cold buckwheat noodles.

Here you can actually see the noodles. A refreshing summer meal.

What a cute pot! 🙂

The Bibimbap!!!

REVIEW: What is a Chi’lantro?

The trailer

Chi'lantro BBQ is Open!

On a sad Tuesday, my roommate invited me out to go to a trailer for food and a review to cheer me up. Apparently, this trailer is another of Austin’s unique food trailer businesses that combines some pretty discrete cuisines into a tasty combination.

This particular trailer, Chi’lantro, is a mix of Korean and Mexican food by taking Korean ingredients and presenting it in a more familiar Mexican vehicle. The name actually comes from a combination of the two cultures: kimchi and cilantro, which are key ingredients to the flavor of these unique burritos.

What is interesting about this trailer is its mobility. Some trailers stay in one place or some alternate every other week, but you never know where the Chi’lantro BBQ trailer is going to be. Once a week, the website updates to let you know where the trailer plans on being that week or you can join their Twitter or Facebook to stay constantly updated. They also only accept cash so be careful. Don’t be caught in the rain and be prepared before going!

It's late

Yay! Food is here!

When we arrived to get our food, the trailer was actually a little late. You can see a picture of us watching it drive into the parking lot behind the Co-op. From the impression of the trailer, it actually looks pretty neat and clean for a food trailer. The numerous windows create an airy feel and the drinks and counters were clean and presentable. From a hygiene standpoint, I think Chi’lantro is above the usual food trailer cleanliness level.

Taco and Burrito

You can see the taco and burrito in proportion to hands.

Trying to decide what to get was a hard choice, but somehow we all ended up with a beef burrito. You can look at their menu on the website to find out all the ingredients, but I am only able to analyze the taste and balance of the ingredients in the burrito. Other menu choices include tacos, quesadillas, hamburgers, and bowls. I don’t know about the latter two choices, but the tacos are tasty and small (picture provided) and quesadillas, from reviews of others, seem to be just average. However, I think both must taste fine if you are interested in sampling the particular cuisine, but especially for the tacos, you get what you pay for. They also provide a variety of chips, soft drinks, bottles of water and even coffee! They even have a small trash disposal on the side for the trash from stuffing yourself with food.

Trash bin

If there was no trash can...

When we ordered, the guy who took our orders was quite nice. There was only him and one other person in the back and I wondered how they handled large numbers of people, but they seemed friendly and the food came quickly. We waited only a little over 5 minutes after ordering before the food started coming out. The order goes by the number you get on a receipt and it’s called out so you pick up your food at a separate window. Now, onto the burrito!

Artistic burrito

The goods

Marinated beef was good and there’s a fair amount. I liked the sweetness of the marinated meat to balance out the salty and savory tastes of the burrito. The cilantro-lime rice used as filler really doesn’t match up with Chipotle’s and that may be because the rice is drowned out by the salsa and other tastes of the food. The spiciness and flavor of the burrito mainly comes from its salsa, lettuce, and their aromatics/trinity/mirepoix of onions, cilantro, and green onions. If you don’t like spicy, you can try taking out the salsa or lettuce which brings the heat to the burrito. I find the spiciness of the burrito to be bearable creating a sort of tickle while you eat, but I definitely suggest a drink when you eat here. I liked the addition of the roasted sesame seeds, but I can’t quite taste it separately from the burrito. Yet I can tell it adds an extra flavor that enhances the burrito as a whole. The citrus is also a background note, but good and also enhances the flavor. There is also a small surprise of a large egg wrapped into the burrito, giving extra flavor and savory taste. The $5 seems a little much for what you get, but it’s slightly over fair price and the food is definitely something you can’t get anywhere else.

Receiving bulgogi burrito

Don't forget to bring cash and check the schedule. Jal meokkesseumnida and ¡Buen provecho!

Overall, Chi’lantro is a cool place to get some unique Austin food for a fair price. The burritos are definitely tasty and you can certainly get your fill from just one, if not two burritos. There are also a lot of other food choices and apparently Chi’lantro is planning on a huge revamp so be on the look-out for that. I definitely suggest that if you’re tired of the usual stuff on the Drag, come try this place out. It’s only near campus for a short while and, most importantly, bring cash.

Rating: 😛 😛 😛 😛 ½, only thing keeping this from being 5 tongues is because it might not be for everyone and there could be slight improvements on customizability. Example: some commented on having the ability to add a sweet sauce.