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As part of Dine Out Vancouver 2014, Street Food City is returning for its 3rd year. Between January 22 and January 26, 23 food trucks will be gathered around the north side of Vancouver Art Gallery and serve some fantastic food truck goodness at this festival. This is probably the best and worst time to try out any food trucks: It’s the best because there are so many of them together at once; it’s the worst because it’s also attracting the most amount of people which means you will be faced with long line-ups at every truck.

Crowd @ Street Food City

Crowd @ Street Food City

Regardless, this is an event that I look forward to every year. Here are some of our favourites that will be participating this year:

And here is my wishlist for this year:

  • Feastro: Heard good things about its tacos
  • Le Tigre: Always want to try Clement Chan’s food. Another Asian food truck that I think I will like.
  • Yolks: Breakfast food truck? Yes, please!
  • Mogu: Heard great things about its chicken karaage

Hopefully I can make it to the Street Food City this year (my body is in the process of fixing itself). Otherwise, I’m looking to you to let me know how it goes!

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With more and more food trucks added to the streets of Vancouver, some of them are now forming into what we call pods. For example, around the Vancouver Art Gallery there are 5-6 trucks on a regular basis. Recently a smaller-scaled pod has been formed near the intersection of West Georgia and Hamilton. It involved a trip on the skytrain and another 5-10 minute walk, but the 6 of us made our way to this pod to give Aussie Pie Guy a try.

Aussie Pie Guy

Aussie Pie Guy

Food

As suggested by its name, Aussie Pie Guy specializes in pies, mostly savoury pies. I ordered the Aussie Pie, because, duh, that should be what started this all, right?! It’s supposed to a traditional Aussie pie with chunks of beef. Now, I have never been to Australia so I’m not going to question its authenticity. The pie crust was flaky and not very thick nor doughy. It was piping hot and steam just burst out as you cut through the crust. (more…)

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Last weekend, New Westminster hosted its own street cart fest, called Columbia StrEAT. The stretch of Columbia Street between 4th and 6th were closed off to pedestrians only, where food trucks were parked and tables were set up for some feasting. 16 food trucks in Vancouver came to the event, along with live entertainment from New West’s own 2 Days & Counting.

Turns out the event attracted 20,000 people, twice as much as expected. I wasn’t surprised to hear the number; if you saw the crowd at the event, you would guess the same as well.

Crowd at Columbia StrEAT

Crowd at Columbia StrEAT

And the huge turnout also meant long and lengthy line-ups. With the group of 10 of us, our line-up at each truck ranged from 1 hour to 2 hours. Seriously, we weren’t sure what motivated us to stay in lines, but it’s probably the “you’re almost there” mindset that tricked us to stand for such a long time.

And for some (luckily, not our group), they waited and waited only to find out that the food truck has sold out of their desired dishes, or the complete menu. I was mind-blown when I found out that some trucks were sold out at 7pm — the event was supposed to run till 9pm!

We managed to try food from 3 of the participating trucks: Roaming Dragon, Casalinga and La Taqueria.

Roaming Dragon

They are one of the first few food trucks entering the Vancouver market a couple of years ago. (more…)

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The other day I overheard my colleagues AM, JN and JL talking about their lunch at Dim Sum Express. Because they had wanted to go back, it piqued my interest and I thought I would join them on their adventure.

Dim Sum Express is one of the first food trucks appearing on the streets of Vancouver. It’s currently located near the Canada Place, outside of the new Miku Restaurant. Definitely a good spot for the summer with lots of foot traffic from the cruise ships.

Dim Sum Express

Dim Sum Express

Food

With four of us, we decided to order an assortment of dim sum a la carte style, and share among ourselves. A la carte items range from $3.50 to $4.50, and depending on the item, you may find two to five pieces per order. That’s great for sharing dishes like we did.

So here’s what we ordered. We ordered multiples of everything so there’s enough food to share:

  • Pork Dumplings (Siu Mai)
  • Shrimp Dumplings (Har Gow)
  • Juicy Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)
  • BBQ Pork Buns
  • Pan-Fried Dumplings
Assorted dim sum

Assorted dim sum

Verdict? (more…)

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My coworkers and I were quite excited about the addition of the Reef Runner near our office, the food truck version of the Reef, a popular Caribbean restaurant in Vancouver. We picked a sunny day to trek a couple blocks to try it out.

The Reef Runner

The Reef Runner

Food

The only experience I had with the Reef was when we ordered catering for the office, which means the food had probably sat out for close to an hour before it got to my tummy. You can imagine how (not) fresh the food tasted, and that’s why I never wrote about the restaurant. Until now.

My Jerk Chicken Roti was wrapped in tinfoil, sitting in a paper container. If it were a combo (which I didn’t get), there would be a generous serving of plantain chips on the side. For some reason, I pictured a burrito-shaped wrap, but it was more like a square wrap. I attempted to unwrap the foil to show you the roti, but it was so soft and droopy that I thought it would slip right out of my hands! I decided to keep it intact so I wouldn’t wear most of it.

Jerk Chicken Roti

Jerk Chicken Roti

And yes, it was droopy. As I slowly opened up my wrap, the sauce already leaked out of the wrap and got onto the foil, made it even harder to hold. After struggling with the unwrapping process, I finally dug in for my first bite. (more…)

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If you haven’t heard already, 15 additional food trucks will start appearing on a Vancouver street this month. According to Vancity Buzz, that means there will be a total of 114 food trucks in Vancouver by the time they’re all fully operational. This is exciting news! Mr. and I were blown away by the pods of food trucks we saw in Portland and we’re glad to see it happen in Vancouver.

Food trucks in Portland

Food trucks in Portland

New and old food trucks will slowly kick off their season, if they haven’t already. I have yet to try some new ones this year, but here is the food truck series that I did last summer. This may help you pick out a few good ones to hold you over while waiting for the new ones to pop up. (more…)

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Last week, I went to a picnic in the park-wait for it-ing lot. What, parking lot? Yeah, how else could we check out the spiffy new Triple O’s food truck!

Triple O's Food Truck

Triple O's Food Truck

Triple O’s just launched its first mobile food truck. In fact, it’s the very first food truck in Canada that is owned by a quick service restaurant chain.

Cooks at work

Cooks at work

My first thought is that it’s entering the food truck scene in Vancouver. Nope. This food truck will be visiting around town, dropping by community events, and it may even show up at your next corporate party! Better yet, it’s also served a test kitchen where they serve menu items that are not available anywhere else and collect feedback from customers. And that’s exactly what we did at the picnic.

Fellow bloggers at this picnic

Fellow bloggers at this picnic

Here is what we had:

The Pop Shoppe

The Pop Shoppe

A drink to start to quench our thirst…it was warm that day!

Pulled Pork Poutine

Pulled Pork Poutine

This was our appetizer and it’s a big portion for appy. I honestly don’t think I could ever finish it even if I were eating just this. (more…)

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