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.Continue reading
While I am a lover of Thai food, I am not very well-versed on Laos cuisine, so I was excited to hear that Flaming Basil was making an appearance at what is becoming my favorite bar in Philadelphia, that is, Love City Brewing Company. We sat down with our beer and perused the menu and decided to order a sampling of a couple appetizers and a couple entrees to see what they had to offer. Everything we tried was delicious!Continue reading
SoPhiE, which is short for South Philly East, is a shared food truck sponsored by the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition (SEAMAAC). More about that later. On this particular night my friends and I stopped for drinks at Love City Brewing, and the food truck was run by Chef Zing Thulai, offering Burmese fusion options. My first order for the table was two sushi rolls, the Chinland Roll and the A Chai Roll. I say “first” because I went back for seconds, it was THAT GOOD.Continue reading
Having spent some of my childhood in Sicily, I was intrigued by the concept of a truck specializing in Sicilian cuisine. More specifically, arancini or “riceballs,” which are small balls of arborio rice (used to make risotto), traditionally filled with meat and peas, then rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried until golden. The name “arancini” literally means “little orange” which likely refers to its appearance resembling the small fruit, as you can see in this photo: Continue reading
A newcomer in the Temple food truck scene, Taste of India has become a popular addition to the campus. Taste of India opened in Spring 2018 and attracts hungry lunch-goers with its aromas of curries and spices. Lately, there is always a line, which is always a great sign for a food truck.
Rice platters include your choice of chicken or one of many veggies, rice, yogurt, chutney, and a salad. (Be sure to specify if you want the yogurt and what kind of chutney you want). Combo platters include your choice of main dish with naan (flatbread), papad (a thin and crispy seasoned dough), yogurt, chutney, salad, and a soda. They also offer rotating specials from day to day.
Back in 2016, I reviewed 4Brothers Loco Flavor food truck in this review. At the time, the truck was pretty new and were probably still ironing out the kinks of their menu. The owner of the truck found my review are requested that I come back and give it another try. I am of course always game to try things again! The review I wrote wasn’t necessarily bad, but I am happy to report that the new menu they have is much better! Even the truck itself looks better with new signage and easy to read choices mapped out for you (click to enlarge photos):
The folks over at Teassert have expanded their operation. I previously reviewed their other truck in this post, but since then they have opened a brick and mortar shop in Chinatown, featuring Thai ice cream roll and bubble tea. Just recently, a new yellow truck has appeared on Norris Street at Liacouras Walk. This is a welcome addition to the Temple campus, since their last truck was splitting time between the campuses of UPenn, Drexel, and Temple, and we rarely got our turn. They have also added teriyaki combos to their menu, so you can get a meal and bubble tea in once place! Sign me up!
Updated review posted here!
There are so many trucks on campus serving very similar food, so it is nice to see something completely different to try. Four Brothers Loco Flavor serves up Puerto Rican favorites such as pastelillos (dough filled with meat), pernil or chicken with rice and beans, and sorullos (corn fritters) served with coffee for breakfast. They also have a nice selection of sandwiches including the roast pork, the Cubano, and the Tripleta which has pork, chicken, and ham.
With so many Korean trucks on campus, it is refreshing to find one that has so many customizable options. Kobawoo Express just recently moved from its previous location (on 12th Street) to Montgomery Avenue. Guests choose between a rice plate lunchbox, ramen, or kimchi bibimbap. The lunchbox comes with your choice of meat and two sides, and the bibimbap comes by itself for $4 or with two sides for $6. My favorite was the ramen, which is a huge bowl of steamy soup with your choice of meat for $6. The side dishes change daily and there are usually about 18-20 choices.
School is back in session, so the trucks are back! Some of them have moved locations, including this halal cart which used to be located on 13th Street in front of Speakman Hall. This, along with The Mexican truck and the two NY halal carts that were on the corner in front of Tuttleman are now located across the street from the Student Center, in front of Ritter Hall.
Now I must post a disclaimer here: I have started grad school at Temple so I won’t have as much leisure time to write these blog posts, but I’ll there are still places I haven’t visited so I’ll be sure to post semi-frequently. On to the review…