Toki Underground (food truck): Washington, DC, USA
So Toki Underground was originally a food truck with what some Asians would call Asian Fusion. However, they do have a brick and mortar establishment now in DC that you can go to. I personally would rather eat at an establishment unless I’m on the run or the food truck is conveniently at a food truck festival. Luckily for me, Toki Underground was a food truck at the SweetLife Festival that weekend. We tried a variety of things over the two-day period:
- steamed pork buns
- ramen fries
- ramen buns (and au jus)
Steamed Pork Buns
- definitely flavorful
- the “bread” or the “bao” part of the bun was spot on, just like dim sum.
- served hot for a food truck/stand
- meat was overseasoned and way too salty: I also do not like shredded meat in my baos. I think the fact that they were shredded pork instead of chunks of pork belly attributed to the saltiness because shredded pork sops up way more of the sauce than chunks of meat.
Ramen Fries: these were a really interesting spin on fries initially. It’s main component is regular french fries but fried ramen was one of the toppings. Basically it’s korean bulgogi and toppings on french fries.
- nice idea, good flavors but it’s hard to kill a potato
- good blend of flavors, but I like Asian food
- I could make this dish myself at home after going to H-mart, and for what I paid for, this probably wasn’t worth the price. But, when at a music festival and starving, do what the masses do: fork it over and inhale.
Ramen Buns: this was probably the most interesting dish that I had at the festival. For one, I’ve never had a ramen bun. To me it seemed like a spoon of bulgogi or bibimbap on a steamed bun and then topped with fried ramen bits. Again, when you break it down, you can probably re-create this yourself if you have access to an Asian grocery store.
- new idea, creative
- interesting way to eat buns, especially with the dipping sauce
- not cost efficient given that as mentioned, you can do this at home.
- broth was way too salty to drink on its own. I suppose though that this wasn’t the point, but getting to dip it in ramen broth was fun.
- steamed pork buns: **.95 (2.95 stars)
- ramen fries: ***.25 (3.25 stars)
- ramen buns: ***.25 (3.25 stars)
If you wanted to check out Toki Underground, you can find them here:
1234 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Definitely give them a go though: they’ve got good ratings on Google and Yelp. Supposedly their ramen isn’t too shabby as well. I’d hope to try more of their menu when I’m DC again. Until then, this was a great new treat to try!