Going on another food truck adventure with colleagues JL and JN, I convinced them to check out one of the newer food trucks in the city, Beljam’s Waffles. Suggested by its name, this truck is specialized in waffles, but not just ordinary waffles — they are waffle cones. No, not the kind we use for ice cream cones, think breakfast waffle in a cone shape.
The menu is pretty simple, a few items that are more breakfast-themed, a few savoury items for lunch/dinner time, and a few for desserts. With the exception of a couple, everything is presented in a waffle cone.
We each ordered a savoury item, and as I came from Hong Kong, for sentimental reasons I opted for the Hong Kong Cone. Well, there is nothing Hong Kong in the Hong Kong Cone. It has numerous coconut shrimp topped with sweet chili sauce and seaweed. If I had to categorize the flavour profile, I think this is more Thai/Southeast Asian than HK. That being said, it looked very appetizing and tasted quite good. The waffle batter was slightly seasoned so it didn’t have the sweet undertone. It wasn’t really crispy like they promote it in every description, though, because it was soaked in the sauce/dressing. The shrimp were fried to nice and crispy and the shredded coconut in the batter added extra flavour to the shrimp, and the sweet chili sauce was a clever touch for a hint of heat. I don’t think they peeled the shrimp, so while technically the shell became edible after being deep fried, at certain bites I was left with some unchewable shell pieces.
I also tried a bite of JL and JN’s waffle cones. The Crispy Chicken Cone had, as suggested by the name, many pieces of crispy chicken. The batter is different from other fried chicken that I’ve had. It is similar to a fish-and-chips batter, but very thin and turns out much darker. The chicken was nicely marinated and not very greasy.
The Pulled Pork Cone was probably my favourite of the three. The meat was tender and juicy, and the marinate/BBQ sauce had a nice tang to it. It’s actually quite sinful to finish such a cone! I brought one back to the office for MP and she, too, really enjoyed it.
Overall, because every cone comes with some sort of sauce/dressing, it’s inevitable that the waffle soaks in the liquid and becomes a bit soggy. I didn’t mind it. The waffle cone was surprisingly filling and I think it makes a good substitute to the usual, perhaps boring, tortilla wraps or tacos or sandwiches.
This food truck rotates its location throughout the week. It seems like they would be at West Hastings and Thurlow on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, then outside of Sinclair Centre (West Hastings near Granville) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at special events on the weekends. To make sure you don’t waste a trip, check out its website or Twitter to confirm their whereabouts.
There was no shortage of filling in the cone (the meat was filled to the bottom) and I think these cones are of decent value. All savoury cones are priced at $9, except for the Hong Kong Cone, which costs $10. I highly recommend getting the Pulled Pork Cone, or the Crispy Chicken Cone, but I wouldn’t order the Hong Kong Cone again. I’m also interested in returning to try its dessert cones.