K-Town Street Food takes a different approach to its cuisine that makes them stand out among the pack. Their idea is mixing different types of popular ethnic foods that provide a completely different and enticing taste.
Theyâ€™ve perfected it, and you can try them at Holidazzle.
The group is serving their Korean tacos bowl, chicken egg rolls and kimchi fries at their booth, all of which bring different flavorsâ€”sweet or savoryâ€”and spices together for a delectable treat as you browse the Holidazzle scene. Theyâ€™re there each Holidazzle day, Thursdays through Sundays from Friday, November 27 through Sunday, December 20. Join us 5 pm-9 pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 11 am-9 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
â€œPeople really adapted to it,â€ said Lysa Bui of K-Town Street Food. â€œWe made Korean food with infused Mexican-American. Itâ€™s not like the food youâ€™ll see in a typical restaurant.â€
Itâ€™s a unique twist on both cultures that makes for a new and enticing flavor.
K-Town Street Food produces its foods with sauces made from scratch, all of which add to the flavor. The kimchi fries can come more mild or hot, and the sauces that are included really infuse with the steak or chicken and fries that are in the bowl. They all mix together to provide great taste with the level of heat you desire. All of their main dishes are gluten free, and they also have vegetarian options.
â€œItâ€™s totally different,â€ Bui said. â€œIf you have our fries, you know theyâ€™re not just regular mayo. It makes it unique and stand out.â€
The idea has been an evolution of sorts. The group started with a Vietnamese restaurant in St. Paul more than 20 years ago that was strictly Vietnamese food. Bui, a Dallas native, moved back to Texas two years ago for a few months but decided Minnesota was missing the Asian-used food scene. With her familyâ€™s background being in the food industry for generations, she and her brother-in-law decided to try this new food approach in the Twin Cities.
The concept of Korean fusion was a brainstorming session between Bui and her family throwing out ideas about what might set them apart. It took them months to perfect the sauces and the recipes, but the end result was K-Townâ€™s robust and unique menu.
Theyâ€™ve mostly worked in St. Paul, but Holidazzle is providing them a chance to give Minneapolis a taste of their handiwork.
Bui said people might be skeptical initially given they arenâ€™t familiar with the style of food, but theyâ€™re excited to see people catch on and become fans of their work.
â€œTheyâ€™re going to think, â€˜OK, might be a little skeptical because itâ€™s Asian food mixed with Mexican or American food,â€™â€ Bui said. â€œSo it gives them a chance to try something we have. I think theyâ€™ll really like the dish, and I want them to try something we have.â€
Theyâ€™re excited to be able to show off their food in Minneapolis during Holidazzle, a celebration that is a decades-old tradition here in downtown.
â€œItâ€™s a huge event, and itâ€™s a big honor to be here,â€ Bui said. â€œThe tradition has been there for families to come, and I myself feel the meaning it brings. You can get a bunch of people there, enjoy themselves and have a good time with all the cities have to offer.â€
Thereâ€™s no doubt K-Town Street Food brings a new style and flavor to Holidazzle. Their kimchi fries are filled with flavor and spice, and their egg rolls with sweet dipping sauce make for a great treat as you walk though and enjoy the event.
Itâ€™s worthwhile to stop by and give them a try.
â€œDowntown Minneapolis is one of the better downtowns in the United States,â€ Bui said. â€œItâ€™s diverse, the community is there and there is all types of people. People, kids come back from college and Minnesota is home to them. And people can come out and see what Holidazzle has to offer, itâ€™s like the countdown in New York. Itâ€™s a great opportunity.â€