Hot Plate from K-Plate at Troy Kitchen

K-Plate Hot Plate

By Deanna Fox

I love the idea of a food court. Part of my college decision came down to the schools with the best cafeterias. There is something so American about being offered a plethora of food options without having to walk too far to explore them.

Sadly, most food courts are depressing. Just look at most malls. It almost gives the term "food court" a biased, bad reputation. Unless -- like me -- you grew up in a magical land shaped by the mythos that is Wegmans and its epic food court, there is little hope when one hears that term.

We have no Wegmans here (yet), but there is light in the dark tunnel of "food courts." Galleria 7, on Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham, is part of it. As is Troy Kitchen, the food court that recently opened in the old Pioneer co-op grocery building on Congress Street in Troy.

As much I love options, I'm basically ruined from trying most things that are offered at the handful of food stalls within Troy Kitchen. Because the Hot Plate, from K-Plate Korean BBQ, is my new go-to.

I'd be hard-pressed to recommend a more delicious or filling lunch for $6, which is the cost of the Hot Plate.

K-Plate builds off traditional Korean barbecue flavors and beef bulgogi, which translates literally to fire meat. Marinated in soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, pepper, scallions, and ginger, the beef is thinly sliced into tender morsels then quickly cooked. It is served on a bed of shredded lettuce, rice, and pickled radish. One could stop here and have themselves a K-Plate, the namesake menu item, but why leave good enough alone?

K-Plate Hot Plate closeup

The Hot Plate takes the K-Plate concept and incorporates spicy beef with a drizzle of bulgogi sauce and sriracha mayo, sprinkled with sesame seeds, for a mouth-watering, nicely seasoned (hot, but not aggressive) taste of Korea.

Usually the Hot Plate is too much for me to finish off in one sitting, but I make myself sick by eating just one more bite, over and over again. Don't follow my footsteps, though: Take your leftovers home. It's great cold, too, after a spell in the refrigerator that allows the ingredients to meld together for even deeper flavor. Better yet, order a second Hot Plate to go, and have it for breakfast the next morning. (Not that I've ever done that or anything.) For an extra $2, try a side of housemade kimchi.

The approach K-Plate takes to its menu is something I'd like to see more of at restaurants of any size. A few good ingredients and techniques executed to near-perfection. I don't need 100 items on a menu, and if I wanted that, I'd go somewhere like TGIFridays, where most things come cryovac'd and frozen so as not to go bad.

Troy Kitchen exterior 2016-May

K-Plate has origins as a food cart, which makes its approach to the menu sensible. Most items include beef, cooked in a similar style, accented with a few different accouterments as needed to give items their own identity. No frivolity or superfluous touches. Just a few great dishes that keep people returning.

Deanna Fox writes about many things, mostly about food. More can be found on her website, Twitter, or Instagram.

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K-Plate Korean BBQ at Troy Kitchen
77 Congress Street
Troy, NY 12180

Comments

This looks fantastic and is something I'll try based on the photo of what has to be the best looking $6 in the area. When you say, "We have no Wegman's (yet)." Do you know something the general public doesn't? I moved to Albany from Syracuse and almost two years later, I'm still in deep mourning over not having Wegman's. It's impossible to describe to people who don't know its magic.

I love that Troy Kitchen is so close to my office.

K-Plate is fast and Delicious!

We just went to Troy Kitchen this weekend for the first time after having read about it on AOA a while back. We ordered the K-Plate to share and all 4 of us really liked it. As mentioned above, some spicey kick to it but not too much. I couldn't believe how good it was and how much you got for $6. We also had some tacos from Magdalenas which were good. And the lobster roll and Shrimp BLT roll from Troy Lobster were quite excellent. I love the concept of the Troy Kitchen and we enjoyed it thoroughly. And I have to give the owner Cory credit for having the vision and taking a risk on such a unique - and cool - dining concept.

Troy Kitchen really needs to get a website with full menus online. Does K-Plate have any vegetarian options? If not, I'll be very disappointed!

Ohhh Wegmans... How I miss you! (But I heard the Latham Market 32 is pretty similar?!)

Anywho, Galleria 7 in Latham has good food at Hooked and the Pizza place but everything there right now seems kinda expensive. (Another one is opening up.) I can't find anything for $6 there!

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