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Jungle Curry with Fried Chicken

I have been chasing this truck down since I heard it existed. I am not sure why our schedules never aligned until this glorious day, but it was definitely worth the wait. The Jungle Curry with fried chicken in the above photo passed my husband’s spiciness test. There were many tasty sounding items on their menu; it made the decision hard on both of us. And while the Crab Red Curry caught my eye, I ended up settling on the Lemongrass Coconut Curry with pork meatballs, and a couple of bao buns to start.

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Wherever there are bao buns, it is difficult for me to stray from the pork belly version. The crisp pork skin, tender with a pinch of crisp pickled veggies, a zingy sauce, thai chilies, and a sprig of cilantro on a pillowy rice bun, it was the perfect first taste. The bao buns were also available with fried chicken or crispy tofu & mushrooms. A pair of these delicious bao buns were only $8 when we visited. You could also purchase 3 for $11 and make it a meal!

In the photo on the above right was my selection of Lemongrass Coconut Curry. All of the curries come with a choice of meatballs, fried chicken, or tofu and are served over a bed of rice. The Lemongrass curry was creamy and herbaceous, with a bright lime flavor. I was delighted to see East Asian additions not normally included in Americanized curries: enoki mushrooms, lotus root, and other veggies. Cauliflower and super thin green beans soaked in the green curry sauce, garnished with cilantro and garlic chives.

My husband’s Jungle Curry with fried chicken packed a nice kick to it, and he enjoyed how the crispy skin absorbed in the flavor of the curry. (I was not daring enough to try a menu item marked “very spicy.”). The curries on the menu ranged between $14-$16 but the portions are generous and both of us took food home. On future visits, I’d be interested in trying the Goddess Chips with two dipping sauces: Saigon Goddess and Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream. Man, that sounds good. The Crab Red Curry also sounds tasty, with lump crab meat.

There are plenty of items for vegetarians on this truck! In addition to the curries and bao buns available with crispy tofu and mushrooms, there is also a Sour Orange Curry with green papaya and tamarind. Very friendly service also adds to the appeal. We were again at Love City, this time on a rainy Sunday on a slower day. We were served the food directly to where we were seated in the brewery! I definitely plan to return to this truck to try more curries and snacks.

Location: Various locations around the area. They are fairly active on social media

Pay:  Credit or Cash

Cuisine: Asian-inspired snacks and curries

What we tried: Pork Belly Bao Buns, Lemongrass Coconut Curry with pork meatballs, Jungle Curry with fried chicken

Phone: 267-870-1709

Email: Message through Facebook page

Website: https://www.hawkerphl.com

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Instagram: @hawkerphl

Twitter: @HawkerPhl