31 (Wed) March 2010
at Maakouda Sandiwich truck
-Itaewon, Yongsan, Seoul, Korea-
The sandwich (“sandiwich”) consists of a lamb meatball and maakouda – Morrocan potato fritter – which the guy mashes together and cooks in oil on a flat grill, adds diced onion and a sprinkle of sugar, then scrambles an egg into the mix, stuffs it all in a soft hoagie roll, and topps it off with white (yogurt) and red (spicy) sauces. Don’t know if it’s actually Moroccan. Regardless, it’s the best non-Korean street food in Korea. Maybe the best that I’ve ever had in my life.
At home, I got a sudden craving for the sandwich, so I grabbed a taxi, took the 20-minute ride to Itaewon, bought 1 for myself and 1 for the cab driver, ate it on the spot, leaning against his cab, and returned home (the driver didn’t charge me for the return trip). They’re that good.
The first time I had one was a mind-blowing experience. Maybe I’ve had one too many since then. Maybe the guy changed the recipe. Maybe he, or I, was having an off-night. It was still awesome, but not as much as before.