Taking a stroll downtown on Saturday after a night of partying (lol!), Mr. and I decided to check out one of the food trucks. We spotted Bada Bing, and yes, you know it, because of its name we couldn’t help but gave it a try!
Bada Bing’s menu is very simple. Philly cheesesteak (or chicken), rice boxes, a few options for fries, and that’s it. Great idea to keep it simple and straightforward for a food truck, versus trying to accomplish it all in such a small cooking space. Because we had a big dinner ahead of us, we only ordered a couple of things to share.
Turns out it was smart on us for ordering just two things. The portion size is rather decent for the price we paid. First, we picked the Philly Cheesesteak, their specialty item. It was about the size of a foot-long sandwich, with a generous serving of meat. The sandwich also comes with melted Monterey Jack Cheese, grilled onions and green peppers. You have to dress the sandwich yourself among choices such as BBQ sauce, teriyaki sauce and honey mustard sauce.
The meat wasn’t very well seasoned so it required something richer, or in our case, a lot of honey mustard sauce. Obviously we didn’t put enough; it turned out a bit bland for our taste. And we even added some banana peppers to spice it up.
The second item was “Animal-style” Fries. The name itself was intriguing, and it’s different from the ordinary poutine and regular fries. I think this dish has more room for improvement. It’s supposed to be fries with grilled onions, melted cheddar cheese and the Bada Bing secret sauce. The secret sauce was pretty good, kinda reminded us of the Thousand Island salad dressing, but more tangy and kinda cheesy. However, the cheddar cheese was nowhere near the “melted” state. They basically put slices of cheddar cheese on top of the fries, and used the heat of the fries to melt the cheese. Well, it didn’t work. The grilled onions were also kinda cold. So here we were having fresh fries with cold onions, sliced cheese and a cold dressing. The taste was not bad, but I wished the whole thing was hot instead of just the fries alone. Perhaps we should’ve ordered the poutine…
We got to the food truck at around noon on a Saturday afternoon, and the truck was not ready for service. It surprised me because it’s lunch hour already. We had to wait 10 minutes for them to set up, in order to get something nice and fresh. Well, the steak meat and fries were fresh.
On a separate note, I was just reading another blog about this food truck, and it seemed like they’ve raised the price recently. It was posted just in October 2011 but the price has gone up by $0.30 since then. Not a significant increase I suppose, but still an extra buck for food cart items.
Again, the portion size was worth the money. I’m not sure if we just happened to get a “bad” batch or what, but the taste and the texture could use a little fine tuning. If you ever come across it give it a shot, and let us know what you think!
Bada Bing Food Truck
655 Burrard Street, Vancouver (Outside of Hyatt Regency Vancouver)