100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 54, Kimchi Koagie at Koagie Hots
This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal favorites, things she thinks any visitor or Houstonian ought to try at least once and dishes that seem particularly indicative of the ever-changing Houston foodscape. It's a list to drool over.
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg Gooey, hot, spicy and creamy. The Kimchi Koagie at Koagie Hots is all of these things and more.
Adding this to my list of 100 favorite dishes was a really difficult decision, a moral quandary, if you will. Not because it's not worthy. Oh no. Quite the opposite, in fact.
You see, I knew I wanted to put something from Koagie Hots on the list, because, well, everything pumped out by that little red truck is just so damn good, and I love any restaurant or food truck that endeavors to make Korean food (one of my favorites) more mainstream. The problem was what to add to the list.
As I noted in my roundup of the best fries in Houston, Koagie Hots's kimchi fries are to die for. They're loaded with homemade kimchi, spicy mayo, salty feta cheese and chopped scallions. Chef Matt Pak makes the kimchi himself from a family recipe, and it rivals any kimchi I have tasted in Korea. The fries are spicy, crisp and hearty, and they're a meal in and of themselves.
But then there's the Kimchi Koagie.