This is what summer should be made of – a beautiful, not-too-hot, not-too-cold day in San Francisco, sitting on a Japantown curb eating tofu balls and fries from Kokio Republic, a Korean fried chicken food truck at the Nihonmachi Street Fair.
Pictured is the number 5 combo: 3 tofu balls, garlic fries and a drink for 12 bucks. Great flavor and texture inside with a mildly sweet glaze on its crispy outside. The deep-fried tofu balls are made with shiitake mushrooms, bell peppers, roasted flaxseeds and topped with a soy garlic sauce, veggie mayo and parsley. It’s marked vegetarian on the menu but I asked and it’s also vegan.
The super nice order taker knew enough to leave off the cheese on the fries to make them vegan too. My fries didn’t come with any garlic but maybe it was mixed with the cheese and got left off. It didn’t matter much as the fries were perfectly fine on their own.
I shared a couple of bites of a tofu ball and the fries with little omnivore foodies and got a big thumb’s up all around. After scouting out all the different food options at the street fair, everyone got what they wanted for lunch at different vendors and no one had to compromise on where to eat.
For dessert, Moffle Waffle, a waffle made out of mochi. It’s been years since I’ve last eaten a waffle, making the moffle with its crunchy exterior and chewy interior, a rare and extra fun treat.
They had a vegan Moffle combo right there on the menu – Vegan Banana Cream – banana with chocolate sauce and coconut whip, regular size for $7. You can also create your own combo, the moffle and a number of different toppings are clearly marked vegan and gluten free.
I was pretty stuffed after polishing off that moffle. Nothing like stuffing your face with fried food and a dessert waffle at a summer street fair in the city by the bay.