Apr 9, 2011

Pomona: Flying Pig, Streets of Thailand

We were sitting at home and came across a tweet that said food trucks were going to be at the Pomona Art Walk, and Eat Phamish was one truck Martin wanted to try.

After driving from Orange County, we found out that Eat Phamish was not able to make it. We stopped at Flying Pig and got a Tamarind Duck, but on a bun instead of a taco.

Then, we went to Street of Thailand and ordered a Shrimp Pad Thai and a Thai iced tea with boba.
As the sun went down, we found ourselves freezing... And went looking for a coffee house.

Tamarind Duck from Flying Pig

Pad Thai from Streets of Thailand

Thai Iced Tea

Irvine: Rancho a Go Go, Piaggio, Shortstopbbq, Chompchomptruck, Rolling Sushi, Oh For Sweets Sake

The Raise Foundation was having an event to bring awareness on child abuse prevention. About 15 OC Food Trucks were there and I stopped by a few  trucks to pick up lunch and dinner.

At Ranchoagogo, I picked up Pulled Pork sliders, then went to Shortstopbbq for a side of their "offensive" Baked beans.

At Piaggio on wheels, I ordered Argentine skirt steak with grilled vegetables over chimichurri rice, and a refreshing Hibiscus Rose water Lychee tea from Chompchomptruck.

We stopped at Rolling Sushi Van for a Sashimi Salad (not pictured) and  Spicy Yellowtail handrolls.
Lastly, we picked up a "naked"  (no frosting) sweet potato cupcake from Ohforsweetssake.

Argentine skirt steak with grilled veggies from Piaggio
Hibiscus rose water with Lychee from Chomp Chomp Truck
"Offensive" baked beans from Shortstop BBQ
Pulled Pork Sliders from Rancho a Go Go
a "naked" Sweet Potato cupcake from Oh For Sweets Sake
Spicy Yellowtail Handrolls from Rolling Sushi Van

Anaheim: the OC Food Truck

The Ducks was having their final home game of the regular season, and the Angels was having their home opener. Noble Ale Works invited fans to stop by for beer and food.

We went to The OC Food Truck and modified the Mac Daddy to be lent friendly, changing the chicken and bacon for shrimp.

By they way... The Ducks did beat the LA Kings, 2-1, and clinched a playoff spot.

A modified Mac Daddy: Fries and Mac n Cheese with shrimp instead of bacon & chicken

Let's Go Ducks!

Apr 8, 2011

Great article featuring Hop Phan from "Dos Chinos"

An Orange County truck I've been following since the beginning is "Dos Chinos". I'm very proud to share this article that the New York Times wrote up on Hop Phan.   (Gotta love the TropShaveIce tshirt plug, Hop!)

Blending of Cultures Visible in the Food Trucks

Hop Phan, the Dos Chinos food truck owner, is a Vietnamese refugee who grew up in a Mexican neighborhood in Santa Ana. Its menu reflects his past.

To see how radically demographics have changed in Orange County, Calif., just look at what’s for lunch.

Nowhere are the shifts more evident than in the abundance of ethnic restaurants with menus meant to please varied palates.

In the Vietnamese cooking of Hop Phan’s family, avocados were meant for sweet, not savory dishes. But in high school, his Mexican friends handed him a taste of the fruit mashed with salt and spicy beef in a tortilla. The shock of that first bite of a taco quickly turned to awe, not to mention a love affair with cultural culinary tourism.

Soon after they settled here, with thousands of other Vietnamese refugees, Mr. Phan’s father opened a string of restaurants that served pho, the traditional noodle soup. But his son had little interest in doing what generations of Vietnamese cooks before him had done.

So last year, Mr. Phan, now 35, began creating fusion dishes like coconut curry chicken with sour cream and roast pork with salsa verde, and taking them on the road in a food truck he has christened Dos Chinos. That’s Spanish for “two Chinese,” but more to the point, “Chino” is how many Spanish speakers refer to anyone Asian.

“Anyone who lives here gets it,” Mr. Phan said. “I don’t think anyone who grew up in Orange County would the word find ‘Chino’ offensive — that’s what they call us, so we might as well embrace it.”

Less than a year after it began, Dos Chinos is in high demand when it stops in front of bars, corporate parks and strip malls round Orange County, a place far more diverse than when Mr. Phan was a child.

More than a third of the population is Hispanic, and Asians make up nearly one-fifth of the county — a growth of nearly 40 percent in the last decade, according to the new census. In some inland cities, like Buena Park, Fullerton and Anaheim, the vast majority of the population is Asian or Hispanic.

“My son is the only Mexican kid I know who says he wants rice and beans when he really means edamame and sushi rice,” said David Gonzales, 39, of Fullerton, a new fan of Dos Chinos, referring to his 3-year-old son, Jackson. “He eats food I never tasted growing up.”

When he started his mobile business, Mr. Phan said his parents just “laughed like you wouldn’t believe,” telling him their friends “would never want to eat here.” And really, they don’t.

But Mr. Phan’s truck is particularly popular with the under-30 set: people who may think that sriracha-tapatio-tamarindo cheesecake is not all that unusual.

Some of Mr. Phan strongest memories of life in America are food-related. There was the country fried chicken during his family’s brief stay in North Carolina when they first immigrated. And nopales (cactus leaves) and ceviche, raw seafood marinated in lime juice. He laughed, almost embarrassed at his admission: “What we thought was adventurous is just normal now.”

Torrance: Jogasaki, Ahn-Joo, Happy Cup Ramen, Tropical Shave Ice

Martin and Karen have been wanting to try Jogasaki since the day they rolled.  They tweeted they were going to be at South Bay Din Din a Go Go, so we made a trip to Torrance.  Martin ordered the #2, the Spicy Tuna Delight, and Karen got the CA Delight, a California Roll version minus the avocado (due to allergies).

Martin then went to Anh-Joo for the Kimchi Citrus Pork with Roasted Fuji Apples.

Meanwhile, I warmed up with a Tonkotsu Ramen and a steamed Curry Pork Bun from Happy Cup Ramen, ending my night with a snow capped, Melona-Vanilla-Passion Orange  Tropical Shave Ice.

#2: Spicy Tuna Delight

CA Delight from Jogasaki

Kimchi Citrus Pork with Roasted Fuji Apples from Anh-Joo

Tonkotsu Ramen from Happy Cup Ramen

the Curry Pork steamed bun from Happy Cup Ramen

Tropical Shave Ice, snow capped!

April 8, Japan Relief Event w/ GFTS and Hurley, Volcom, Baum

April 9-10: Youth Expo at @OCFAIR with Food Trucks

April 8* - 10, 2011
*Friday Field Trip Day, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Free admission for all ages.

General parking is $5. Saturday and Sunday enter at Gate 3 off Fairview or Gate 4 off Arlington. Click here for driving directions to the OC Fair & Event Center.

*FIELD TRIP DAY is Friday, April 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free parking for cars and buses. Enter at the Main Gate off Fair Drive.

Canned Food Drive
Bring two cans of food to Youth Expo for Second Harvest Food Bank and enter to win 2011 OC Fair Super Passes and other great prizes. Food will be collected at the OC Fair booth near Centennial Farm.

Check back soon to view the 2011 YOUTH EXPO SCHEDULE!
Plan your day before you get to Youth Expo.
Check back soon to see who's exhibiting at Youth Expo.

Hungry? Get your snack, drink or lunch from food booths organized and supported by local youth groups.

Gourmet Food Trucks join The Youth Expo Experience this year!Come try a new truck Saturday & Sunday from 11 - 4 pm including:

Both days
Auto Gelato*
Rancho A Go*
Tornado Potato*
Louks To Go*
OC Food Truck*

Bakery Truck**
Chunk N Chip**
Dos Chinos**
Lime Truck**
Piaggio On Wheels**
Papas Tapas* **
Kabob Express* **

Trucks subject to change

April 9: FoodTruck Fest Pow Wow at La Puente High School

April 09: Antelope Valley High Food Festival

April 9: Irvine, The Raise Foundation fundraiser at OC Great Park

SAT 4/9 10a-4p @ will host GFTs for The Raise Foundation @ OC Great Park! All proceeds go towards child abuse prevention!

The following OC Food Trucks are supposedly confirmed for Saturday, April 9, 2011, but I have yet to see any tweets or promotion on this.

The Raise Foundation’s Annual Blue Ribbon Event at OC Great Park:

The Bakery Truck
The Burnt Truck
Chomp Chomp Nation
The Flip Truck
Komodo Food
Lee’s Philly
The Lime Truck
OC Food Truck
Oh for Sweet’s Sake
Piaggio on Wheels
Rancho a Go Go
Rolling Sushi Van
Shortstop BBQ
Swinging Kitchen

April 09: North Hollywood, Get Fed

Apr 7, 2011

Food trucks Weds & Thursday for lunch in Cerritos

Thank you @Sidelinepunk for finding this information. For more information click here

Costa Mesa: Piaggio on Wheels, Tropical Shave Ice

Pork loin with peppers & zuchinni over chimichurri rice
Argentine skirt steak over chimichurri rice
Tofu & zuchinni
a snow capped melona - vanilla tropical shave ice
One of the more popular Thursday lunch spots in Orange County is at the OC Fair. Martin was off on Spring Break and we went to Piaggio on wheels for their lunch special.

I wanted to try the pork from the Porker Sandwich (rosemary infused pork loin), but didn't want the bread. I customized it by putting it over the chimichurri rice & zucchini. Martin ordered the chimi skirt steak version, and I ordered a tofu version for my coworker.

For dessert... My favorite: a snow capped melona-vanilla Tropical Shave Ice!
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Irvine: Dos Chinos

My sister Becky is helping me out by being my weekly guest blogger.  Due to my busy schedule, I'm not able to attend the Teller lot on Wednesdays and she volunteered to provide a weekly report. 

Several weeks ago, Dos Chinos tweeted that they were now serving Vietnamese Iced Coffee (or Cafe Sua Da) as part of their menu. I love Vietnamese Iced Coffee, but unfortunately, there are a lot of places that don’t serve it well.

My criteria for the perfect cup of cafe sua da is as follows:
  • They have to use real, condensed milk and not a CoffeeMate (or equivalent) substitute, which completely overpowers the drink;
  • The taste of coffee needs to be more prominent than the condensed milk;
  • Overall, the balance needs to be rich, bold and flavorful, not separated (as in, you can taste the separation of water, coffee and milk).
  • The best cafe sua da is best described as drinking liquid dark chocolate. Sublime!!

I’ve passed over ordering Dos Chinos coffee because I was admittedly leery they wouldn’t meet my expectation. That is, until today. I noticed they had changed the listing from “Vietnamese Iced Coffee” to “Super Strong Vietnamese Iced Coffee.”

The change in description piqued my curiousity, so I decided to give it a try. The result? Their coffee met all three of my criteria. It had a nice, thick quality to it and really had a well balanced flavor. Though, not the best I’ve tried, I would definitely order it again if I don’t have time to make it up to Little Saigon to get the good stuff.

As for their claims of begin “Super Strong?” Well, I’m not bouncing against the walls, but it has certainly helped me get through the rest of this afternoon much easier.

Industry: the Yummy One (with new wrap)

Love the new truck!
The Yummy One is one of Martin's favorite trucks. He chased them down for lunch at the City of Industry for the Bim Bim Bap and to check out their new wrapped truck.
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Fullerton: Rolling Sushi Van

It's been a while since I've had Rolling Sushi. Like many Gourmet Food Trucks (GFTS), The RSV have been experiencing mechanical problems, which took them off the streets for almost a week.

They tweeted were back at the Deerpark Apartments on Wednesday, which was perfect since we had a very important Ducks game to attend, and we have been lucky when we eat at The RSV beforehand.

Chef Chris made us his secret baked Salmon Cheek. Martin ordered the spicy tuna roll, while I ordered the Tuna California cut roll.

Oh, the Ducks beat the San Jose Sharks 6-2! Corey Perry scored his 50 th goal for the season and a hat trick.

Chef Chris' Baked Salmon Cheek
Its not on the menu, and it takes about 20 minutes to make... so ask for it if you have time!
Spicy tuna handroll
Tuna California Roll

Congrats to Anaheim Ducks Corey Perry for scoring (at least) 50 goals this season
Two games left to go... you still have time for more!

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Apr 6, 2011

Tonight, April 6: Fundraiser at @OCDinDinAGoGo at Irvine Lanes

April 28: San Diego, Dining out for Life

A special Dining Out for Life San Diego Food Truck Gathering will take place in The Center's parking lot on Thursday, April 28 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

The following fabulous food trucks are donating 25% of sales at the special Dining Out for Life Food Truck Gathering taking place in The Center's parking lot located at 3909 Centre Street, 92103 (1 block west of Park and University) from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  1. Corner Cupcakes
  2. Devilicious, Inc
  3. Food Junkies
  4. Green Truck
  5. India on Wheels
  6. KalibiQ
  7. Miho Gastrotruck
  8. Ms. Patty Melt
  9. Super Q Food Truck
  10. Sweet Treats Truck
  11. Two for the Road
Jane Schmoll and The Center's Family Matters program will be your special guest Ambassadors for the gathering along with DOFL veteran ambassador Joanna Clark.

Grab your family and friends and make a date to dine out for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday, April 28 and 25-100% of the day's sales will benefit HIV/AIDS services at The Center. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit www.diningoutforlife.com/sandiego or call Donnie Luehring at (619) 692-2077, ext. 246.

Dine Out, Fight AIDS on April 28!


Apr 5, 2011

Fullerton: the Flip Truck, Chompchomptruck

the Kalola from the Flip Truck

The Sloppy Joe from Chomp Chomp
Hibiscus Rose Water w/ Lychee
S'mores from Chomp Chomp
Kaya French Toast
Sling Wings

We were driving through Downtown Fullerton and spotted the Flip Truck and Chompchomptruck.

I've been following Flip Truck since they've rolled, but have never tried them until tonight. I tried the Kalola, which is a ground Ahi Tuna slider, served rare, and it came with fries.

Martin went to Chompchomptruck, and ordered the Sloppy Joe, and I picked up the Hibiscus Rose water with lychee drink.

While waiting at the truck, we watched new foodies order other food, like the Kaya French Toast, the Singapore S'more, and the Sling Wings.

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