It was not so long ago that the Dallas food scene was buzzing about the famed Mexican-Korean mash-up sweeping the West coast. Anticipation of Korean tacos becoming the new “it” taco filled local foodies with hope. Then Gohgee To Go‘s Twitter feed promised to bring these treats to Dallas. Perhaps you’ve tried their tacos once before, as I did shortly after its opening, but when a friend recommended I sample the pork torta, I knew a return visit was in order. Luckily, I have wise friends.
Stay with me.
This torta brings together all the wonderful elements of the traditional Mexican torta, accentuated by the spices of Korean cooking. They start by toasting a warm Mexican bolillo bun on the flat-top, creating a nice crunch on the outside of the delicate warm bread underneath. Next, sliced pork shoulder is marinated in a sweet and spicy sesame soy vinaigrette and piled between the two halves of bread. The pork is dripping with flavor, and the bolillo soaks up any sauce trying to escape from your sandwich. Caramelized onions are added to the mix, along side a mix of crisp cabbage and romaine. Lastly, a few squirts of the house-made creamy fresca complete the sandwich.
The result is a marriage of flavors enough to make William and Kate jealous. My friend calls it “the perfect street food,” and I’m starting to believe him. With the option to pick this little gem up via the drive-thru window, this will not be the last time I’ll be going Gohgee. Have you been?