FOOD FOR FUN: Dragon King’s Daughter’s Asian BBQ Beef Tacos

From top to bottom, Dragon King’s Daughter might have Louisville’s most interesting menu. Maybe it’s because my general knowledge of Asian fusion is so limited, but for me it’s pretty easy to find something new and exciting to try at DKD. I always have a bit of a tough time deciding whether I should choose one of their unique Asian-influenced tacos and quesadillas, or if I should order one of their creative sushi rolls (I really like the spicy Sabor Con Fuego roll, in case you were wondering).

More often than not, I can’t help myself from returning to what has become my favorite DKD offering: Their Asian BBQ Beef Tacos. Yesterday was no different as for lunch I was in the mood for something familiar and refreshing, so this choice and the decision to wash down my meal with cold draft Sapporo seemed pretty easy.

When ordering DKD’s Asian BBQ Beef Tacos, you get your choice of three fresh toppings; I chose shredded cabbage, diced onion and jalapenos. This is what my plate looked like:

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These tacos aren’t overly complicated, and maybe that’s why they’re so damned good. Every ingredient is high in quality and speaks for itself, collectively playing a major role in each bite. From the perfectly warmed corn tortillas to the juicy cuts of BBQ beef, to the fresh shredded cabbage; everything is necessary, but seemingly any more would be overkill. Each taco is topped off with a light drizzling of wasabi ailoli to deliver an added kick, but nothing too intense.

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As usual, yesterday’s experience at DKD was perfect, from the friendly (but not overbearing) service to my fully satisfying meal. I’m not blowing smoke when I say that I’ve never had a bad experience with this place, no matter how busy they are or what time of day, lunch or dinner. Admittedly I’ve only tried a handful of what their menu has to offer, mostly due to reverting to old favorites, but if you’ve tried the Asian BBQ Beef Tacos, you probably understand why.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Phillip Olympia is absolutely, positively not a food critic. Having said that, he really, really loves food, and he really appreciates Louisville’s effervescent independent restaurant scene which is why we have decided to embark on a weekly series of posts documenting a singular item from a particular menu from one of many local spots. We’re calling this series “Food For Fun” because, well, I don’t know. It’s a dumb name, but you’ll get over it.