Kalbi on Fire is one of the food trucks that surrounds Giovanni’s original white shrimp truck near turtle bay. Being that Giovanni’s is easily one of the busiest food trucks on the island, it would make sense to set up shop next to them if possible. There are over a dozen gift shops and food trucks in this area and if shrimp is not your thing, then one place you might want to try is Kalbi on Fire Kahuku BBQ.
Kalbi on Fire only has 6 items on the menu. Note, they have a little white piece of paper taped to the bottom of the printed menu in Korean, which I believe says, “Garlic Shrimp” and “Spicy Garlic Shrimp” for $13. They have Steak, Kalbi, BBQ Chicken, Bulgogi (Rib Eye Marinate), Mandoo (Dumpling) and a combo plate consisting of Kalbi and BBQ Chicken. Since food truck is called Kalbi on Fire, I had to do the Kalbi Plate. The prices ranges from $10 to $13 for the normal plates and $14 for the combo plate.
Their prices can be a little confusing as they have placed numbers over previous numbers showing their price increases. You will literally see a 3 right on top of a 2 but the 2 is still quite apparent so it takes a second to figure out what is going on with the prices for 3 of the items. I think we all can understand trying to save a buck or two, but doing it this way may not be the best way.
It only took about five minutes or so before my order was ready, which is pretty quick. They have a few side items to choose from. The lady who took my order strongly recommended the macaroni salad. Even though I am not a mac salad enthusiast and would normally never order it with my meal, she was very confident I would like it, so I gave it a try.
My plate came with four large pieces of Kalbi beef on top a bed of rice along with mac salad and Japchae noodles. The seasoning on the meat was perfect. The sauce from the meat also did a nice job of covering the white rice, making it taste great as well. She was not lying about the mac salad. It was actually very good. It may be the best I have tasted in years on the island. The Japchae noodles also tasted very good and were perfectly prepared.
The only complaint I have with Kalbi on Fire is that too much of the meat was fatty. Of the 4 pieces, at least 15 to 20 percent of it was way too fatty to eat. My suggestion would be to either throw another piece of meat on the plate to compensate for it or lower the price a little bit. I know the meat has to be a little fatty for the flavor; however, I’d rather not have a decent size pile of inedible food on my plate when I am done eating.
Overall, Kalbi on Fire has some excellent food with great seasoning and rich flavor. I have only tried one of the six plates but when even the mac salad is top shelf, that is saying something. If you are thinking about stopping by and trying Kalbi on Fire, they are open from 11:00am till 7:00pm, six days a week and closed on Sunday. I have tried a lot of food trucks on the island and Kalbi on Fire has some of the best overall flavor I have tried so far.
Here are some photos of my visit to the Kalbi On Fire Food Truck
Map to Kalbi On Fire