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Go for a taco flight at Spoon House Korean Kitchen

Four tacos from Spoonhouse in Champaign, Illinois. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

Spoon House Korean Kitchen serves hearty dishes like bibimbap, bulgogi, noodle dishes, and fried rice, but the Korean restaurant also offers burritos, quesadillas, and tacos on the menu. The other day, I went on a taco flight date, and it was the highlight of my week. We ordered four tacos: bulgogi, sweet-and-spicy chicken, spicy pork, and crispy chicken at the Campustown restaurant. On warm flour tortillas, each had shredded lettuce, stir-fried onions, diced raw onion and tomato, chopped jalapeño, and taco sauce.

The spicy pork ($3.45) was pretty dang spicy and so delicious. It had the kind of heat that doesn’t taste that spicy on the first bite, but three bites in, I was happily sweating. The bulgogi taco ($3.45) had tender cuts of beef saturated with a sweet-salty flavor that I thought was maybe a touch too sweet, but I still enjoyed the novelty of eating bulgogi on a tortilla.

A close up of the crispy chicken taco by Spoon House Korean restaurant in Champaign, Illlinois. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

The crispy chicken taco ($3.95) had nuggets with a light, airy batter that tasted fantastic, and the drizzle of the white sauce brought it all together. Hands down, the sweet-and-spicy chicken ($3.45) was my favorite protein of the tacos we ordered. First, the chicken tasted sweet, then spicy, and then that sweetness boomeranged back around for the finishing flavor. It was seriously awesome.

All of these taco proteins can be put into a burrito or melted with cheese in a quesadilla.

An overhead photo of the author's lunch at Spoon House Korean Kitchen in Champaign. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

We also ordered the kimchi fried rice ($12.95). The fried egg perfectly burst over the rice, and the tangy vinegar flavor of the kimchi was such a satisfying pairing to the rich, runny yolk. Spoon House’s veggie version had carrots, peas, onions, and broccoli simply seasoned but cooked well. If you want more, Spoon House has options for spam, beef, chicken, or tofu to the fried rice, too.

Order at the kiosk inside the Green Street restaurant or pre-order online for pick-up.

Spoon House Korean Kitchen
616 E Green St
10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily

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