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It didn’t take long for food trucks to reserve a parking space in the hearts of foodies. Though selections must be grab-and-go and casual, the best menu items are a marked departure from those found in a c-store or café.
Fusion Menu Items
The University of Washington’s Motosurf truck menu mixes and matches Korean, Hawaiian and Pacific Island street food items with just the right amount of the unexpected:
Kalua Pig: a plated lunch item—shredded pork and cabbage served with two scoops of sticky rice and one scoop of macaroni salad. The ‘pig’ also gets paired with miso mayo and Asian slaw on a slider.
SPAM Sliders: for adventurous diners...made with a slice of SPAM glazed with shoyu (a soy sauce popular in Hawaii and Brazil) and brown sugar; miso mayo and Asian slaw on a toasted roll. The SPAM gets mixed up with Japan in the SPAM Musubi, paired with sticky rice and wrapped in nori (seaweed).
Singapore Noodles: traditionally stir fried without sauce, are modified just a bit with the addition of coconut milk to create a saucier bowl on Rosie, the food truck at Rhode Island School of Design.
The Pork Sandwich: pulled pork that’s been marinated in Mexican spices, topped with a cheese mixture of Cheddar and Feta (the signature cheese mix for all the sandwiches on RISD’s Rosie truck), all served on a Portuguese muffin (just a little denser and sweeter than an English muffin), says Pierre St. Germain, executive chef/associate director of dining and catering services at RISD.
Banh Mi: a Vietnamese pork and pickled veggie sandwich.
Cuban Sandwich: grilled ham, cheese and pickles.
“They’re exotic but recognizable, and most importantly, they taste really, really good,” says Miami U’s Yung of the two most popular sandwiches (Banh Mi and Cuban) on the strEATS truck.
The Fud Truk at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, uses the names of different cars on various sandwiches to evoke international road trips:
The Fiat 500 (Italy) has marinated fresh mozzarella, mixed herb pesto and roasted peppers. The Land Rover Evoque (Great Britain) combines black pepper sirloin steak, caramelized onions, horseradish mustard and Cooper cheese. The Volkswagon Jetta (Germany) has lager-stewed bratwurst with cider-braised cabbage and Swiss cheese. The Honda Civic (Japan) is a crispy panko pork cutlet, pickled veggies, baby lettuce and a ginger-soy vinaigrette. (Back in the USA) the Ford Explorer is a sandwich with beef brisket, Pepper Jack cheese and homemade Buffalo coleslaw.
Bi Bim Bap Bowl: served with sautéed spinach, bean sprouts, carrots, kim chi (pickled vegetables) and more is topped with a sunny side up egg and hot pepper paste. Customers can add Lemon Grass Pork to the bowl, or edamame, Chicken Takalbi (sautéed in sesame oil and hot pepper paste) or Beef Bulgogi (traditional Korean BBQ) on the Flying Bison truck menu at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.
Sweet and Sour Pulled Pork Taco, topped with Napa cabbage ginger slaw: fusion in full effect (also on the Flying Bison truck).