The newly remodeled Union Market in Northeast is DC's attempt to build an indoor farmers market similar to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco. Although they aren't quite there yet, they are on the right path and the building itself is really beautiful. More on that at a later time. Inside this market, is a little counter for TaKorean, a successful food truck in DC that has taken to a brick and mortar location. And it appears to have become pretty popular. Every time I've been there, there has been a huge line for these tacos so Zach and I gave them a try.
Their menu is quite simple: choose your meat (or in my case, tofu), and your toppings. For the vegan option, you'd choose the caramelized tofu and napa-romaine slaw then top it with cilantro, sesame seeds, and Sriracha sauce. I went for all of the above.
They wrap each soft taco in two corn tortillas, which I found a bit unusual, so when you take a bite you have a lot of corn tortilla in your mouth. Once you get past that though, they are pretty tasty. The caramelized tofu is marinated in hoisin sauce, then pan fried and has a really nice texture and flavor. The tofu makes the meal. The toppings just add to the flavor. And voila, you have a tasty taco.
I was really enjoying my lunch until it dawned on me that I didn't ask if the corn tortillas were non-GMO. So, when I finished, I asked, and I didn't like the answer. I was told they were conventional and likely made of GMO corn. Not cool, TaKorean. Corn tortillas aside, they are a great lunch spot, but you really can't put the fact that GMO corn is in this meal aside. Hopefully, they'll get with the program and replace those tortillas with organic, non-GMO ones soon. In the meantime, I'll stick with other taco shops that do.
1309 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002