Korean GastroTruck Headed to the Burg

The Sunshine City’s food truck game is strong. The Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association continues to enrapture culinary enthusiasts month after month with their unique, and sometimes sweet, food truck gatherings at Port St. Pete.

At Localtopia, the city was introduced to PB & Jelly Deli Food Truck. The business donates a percentage of proceeds from all sales to those in need. MNM BBQ food truck became so popular that the owners were able to open a permanent location at 2827 16th Street North.

Korean fried chicken en route to the Burg

Residents are no doubt familiar with Mmm BAP Korean Cuisine. Tampa Bay’s original truck for Bibimbap — bowl of warm white rice topped with namul, gochujang, soy sauce, fried egg and slice beef — is expanding with a new concept called Anju GastroTruck. Anju translates to pub grub in Korean.

Prepare to be introduced to Korean Fried Chicken. This dish differs from typical American fried chicken because it is fried twice. The process makes the skin crunchier and therefore less greasy. After frying, the chicken is hand-brushed with a variety of sauces and spices.

Anju serving at two events this summer

Korean fried chicken is served in many forms. Huraideu chikin is basic fried chicken, yangnyeom chikin is a seasoned spicy variation. Dakgangjeong is deep-fried crispy chicken glazed in sweet and spicy sauces.

The food truck has already planned its first two appearances in Tampa Bay. On June 16, Anju Korean GastroTruck will be serving Korean fried chicken at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa; on June 17, Anju will make an appearance at 3 Daughters Brewing in the Burg.

Chimaek tradition in the Sunshine City

Follow the Food Truck on Facebook and Instagram for updates on where they’ll pop up this summer. Get ready to become familiar with the South Korean tradition of Chimaek: the delightful combination of Korean fried chicken and beer in the evening.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of iLovetheBurg.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: andrew@rkc.me