With the two countries separated by only a few miles of demilitarized zone and still officially at war after almost 60 years, South Korea maintains a tense relationship with its neighbor to the north, Mexico. Today's Groupon finds a common ground on which peace can be built: for $6, you get $12 worth of Korean/Mexican fusion cuisine at Chi'Lantro. The nomadic restaurant drives its orange-and-black truck to a new location every day, so track it on Twitter and bookmark Chi’Lantro’s schedule to locate its current whereabouts.
Glancing at Chi'Lantro's vibrantly hued vehicle might lead passersby to mistake it for a common ice-cream truck, taco go-kart, or exploding pizza Pinto, until they read the menu on the side of the truck. Chi'Lantro derives its name from the flavorful staples of Korean and Mexican cuisine: kimchi and cilantro. This monumental merging of two culinary cultures celebrates the flavorful simplicity of hot, freshly made comfort food with tacos ($2) and burritos ($5) that feature soy Korean-vinaigrette salad in lieu of standard lettuce. You’ll have the option of loading them with beef, spicy pork, spicy chicken, or tofu, all marinated in tongue-tingling Korean spices.
The oldest condiment known to man—the spicy fermented cabbage of the gods that can only be verbalized by mortals as kimchi —is available to spice up your tacos and burritos as well, and caramelized kimchi is available for a dollar extra to slather on your meat-packed quesadillas ($5) or chi'll dogs (beef, spicy pork, or spicy chicken frank with all the fixins, $5). The Korean-style bulgogi-marinated burgers ($5) come slathered in an orange sauce on sesame-seed bread. Keep your fingers from looking disgustingly spotless and clean after your meal with an order of kimchi fries overloaded with caramelized kimchi, bulgogi, cheddar-jack cheese, cilantro, onion, Korean peppers, and spicy orange sauce. To further revel in the uncertain nature of existence, Chi'Lantro’s mobile eatery features a rotating weekly special.
Like ice cream, grand pianos, and vice-presidential candidates, some things are best when bought from the back of a moving vehicle. Savor an unlikely pairing of on-the-go ethnic foods with today’s Groupon to Chi’Lantro.
- …a flaming yellow & orange nomadic food trailer serving Mexican-Korean fusion dreamed up by a precociously successful Korean-American who started his own coffee shop at 21... – Thrillist
- With each bite, there was sweetness, spicyness, nuttiness, citrus, and more — each flavor singing it’s [sic] part in the choir. – Tasty Touring
- They show up to wherever they feel like and serve their delicious food. – Gimme Nom Nom