100 Favorite Dishes: No 23. -- Eight-Hour Roasted Pork Buns From Dim Ssäm à GoGo

100 Favorite Dishes: No 23.</span> -- Eight-Hour Roasted Pork Buns From Dim Ss&auml;m &agrave; GoGo
John Linn

As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to Deirdra.Funcheon@BrowardPalmBeach.com.


No. 23: Eight-Hour Roasted Pork Buns From Dim Ssäm à GoGo

Of all of South Florida's roving food trucks, the Korean-inspired Dim Ssäm à GoGo might be the one that really jibes with the idea of what the mobile food revolution is all about.

Chef Richard Halles' truck is an extension of his Miami eatery Sakaya Kitchen, where whole foods and local ingredients are rendered simply but beautifully into tongue-in-cheek plays on both modern and traditional Korean cuisines. How else can you explain Halles' pork belly banh mi -- you take something as trendy and hip as pork belly, treat it to a slow food-style house curing process, and then gently layer it into homey, authentically old-school strata of pate de tete, kimchi carrots, and a smear of spicy mayo (for good measure). Same holds true for Halles' pork buns. Here, the chef reimagines a thousand-year-old Chinese staple as a sort of folded sandwich, then stuffs it lovingly with another buzz word food (in this case, crisp roasted pork shoulder), itself glazed with a homemade ssamjang sauce so simultaneously sweet and spicy it could make a ying-yang smile. Smoothed out by pickled cucumber and some grassy scallion, it's a bun that's both gourmet and down home; classy enough for a sit-down dinner à la David Chang, or rustic enough to sup curbside, drunk and stumbling, in no more than two or three giant bites. That, my friends, is a food truck worth talking about.


Various locations throughout South Florida, visit @sakayakitchen for day-to-day stops.


Previous 100 favorite dishes:

No. 24: Chicken Tikka Masala From Indus
No. 25: Conch Salad From Sheila's Famous BBQ, Conch & More
No. 26: Chicken Rosario's From Rosario's Ristorante
No. 27: Yucca Chips with Yogurt Dip From Triple 8 Lounge at the Falcon House
No. 28: Tiramisu From Arturo's Ristorante
No. 29: Islamorada Conch Chowder From Rustic Inn
No. 30: Frisee Salad With Egg From The Office
No. 31: St. Louis-Cut Ribs From East Coast BBQ
No. 32: Vitello Tonnato From Apicius
No. 34: Fried Calamari With Moroccan Aioli From Sundy House
No. 35: Nakjikuksu From Myung Ga Tofu & BBQ
No. 36: Bone-In Filet from Morton's
No. 37: G.O.A.T. Cookies from Sugar Rush
No. 38: Crab-Avocado Strato From Cielo
No. 39: Grilled Pork, Shrimp, and Spring Roll "Bun" From Saigon Cuisine 
No. 40: Chivito from Cilantro's
No. 41: Tamari Scallop from SAIA
No. 42: Escargots from Aruba Beach Cafe
No. 43: Gelato Cup from Sonny's Gelato Cafe
No. 44: Tuna Tartar from Canyon Southwestern Cafe
No. 45: Banana Praline French Toast from the Hurricane Cafe
No. 46: Paneer Makhani from The Palace 
No. 47: Bruschetta Pizza from Pizza Fusion
No. 48: Falafel Sandwich from Falafel Bistro
No. 49: Philly Cheese Steak from Philly Steak Sub Shop
No. 50: Bizcoche de Maiz from Maracas
No. 51: Rotisserie Chicken from Publix
No. 52: Encebollado de Pescado from Cafe Paraiso
No. 53: Fish Tacos from Kahuna Bar & Grill
No. 54: Lobster Corn Dogs from Rok:Brgr
No. 55: Gazpacho from John G's on the Beach
No. 56: Black & Blue Oysters from Shuck-N-Dive
No. 57: Latin Macho Burger from Latin Burger
No. 58: Dover Sole from French Corner Bistro & Rotisserie
No. 59: Cider Doughnuts from Chef John Carlino
No. 60: Breakfast in a Pot from Tom Sawyer Restaurant and Pastry Shop
No. 61: Fried Jumbo Shrimp from Betty's Soul Food

No. 62: Pastrami Sandwich from Primanti Bros.
No. 63: "Monster" Hoagie from LaSpada's Original Hoagies
No. 64: Truffled Chips from YOLO
No. 65: Black Skillet-Roasted Mussels from Timpano Chophouse
No. 66: Fish Sandwich from Lazy Loggerhead Cafe
No. 67: Fresh Tomato Pizza from Pizza Time
No. 68: Seafood Salad Sandwich from Le Tub
No. 69: Wings from Lefty's Tavern
No. 70: Sake Flight from Wild East Asian Bistro
No. 71: Croque Monsieur From Croissan'Time
No. 72: Mushroom in Tin Foil at Marumi Sushi
No. 73: Tapas Sharing Platter from Johnny V
No. 74: Cherry Crunch Donut from Dandee Donut Factory
No. 75: Brussel Sprouts from Cafe La Buca
No. 76: Linguine Vongole from Il Bellagio 
No. 77: Housemade Charcuterie from Market 17
No. 78: Crab Benedict at the Downtowner Saloon

No. 79: The Aileen Special from Undergrounds Coffeehaus
No. 80: Insalata Caprese from Fiorentina
No. 81: Angus and Brie Burger from Gilbert's 17th Street Grill
No. 82: Pulled Pork Sliders from Gratify American GastroPub

No. 83: Fagottini al Tartufo Bianco e Nero From Apicius Ristorante e Enoteca
No. 84: Guacamole from Dos Caminos
No. 85: Rock Shrimp from Bahama Mama
No. 86: The Grease Beast from Grease Burger


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