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Keep On Truckin’!

Photos and favorite bites from recent food truck visits (July 2010)!

Ahn-Joo Korean Snack Bar

I first tasted Chef Debbie Lee’s “Korean Pub Grub” back in April during her guest-chef stint at BreadBar LA. Not only did I fall in love with her fun take on what I called “post-partying eats”, but I instantly felt like she was an old friend. Debbie’s effervescent personality will have you smiling as you try deciding which bites to try first (hint: the Bacon Wrapped Rice Cylinders!). Make sure you peek inside to say hello to cutie-pie Kelly as well! Yes, Ahn-Joo’s grub is perfect to soak up a few too many cocktails on a Friday night, but it’s also great for a quick afternoon lunch before heading back to the office.

Ahn Joo Chicken Pepper Robata Skewer
Small Grub $3: Chicken Pepper Robata Skewer

Ahn Joo Bacon Rice Cylinders
Small Grub $3: Bacon Wrapped Rice Cylinders w/ Jalapeno Ponzu Sauce

Ahn Joo Chicken Potstickers
Medium Grub $5: Modern Mandu (Korean Potstickers)

Ahn Joo Chicken Drumsticks
Large Grub $7: Korean Fried Chicken, Honey Glaze

Ahn Joo Truck
Ahn-Joo Website

Follow AhnJoo on Twitter

Chef Debbie Lee’s Website

Follow Chef Debbie Lee on Twitter

Enjoyed with my good friend @CharlesGT

Manila Machine

I first met Manila Machine’s Nastassia at Eat My Blog, and when she mentioned her new truck would be hawking SPAM SLIDERS, I just knew I had to go support! Read more about L.A.’s first Filipino food truck on Joshua @FoodGPS Lurie’s blog> “L.A. Bloggers Launch Manila Machine Food Truck”

Manila Machine: Spam Sliders!!!
SPAM Sliders (usually comes topped with a fried egg, but they were out). Didn’t bother me… because I am all about the salty “meat”!

 

Manila Machine: Beef & Sausage Sliders

Sweet calamansi beef, achara slaw, and spicy sriracha mayo on a pan de sal roll. Longganisa Slider: Sweet pork and garlic sausage, caramelized onions, arugula, and mango jam on a pan de sal roll.

I also ordered some Chicken Adobo to take home for Peter, but I forgot to take a picture. Described as “A Filipino classic. Chicken braised in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay, and black pepper. Fragrant and savory. Served over steamed jasmine rice.” (Peter LOVED)

Manila Machine: Lovely Sofia!
My friend Sofia was taking orders that day. She is 10 years old going on 30 (smart-as-awhip!).

Manila Machine Food Truck

 

 

Manila Machine Website

Follow Manila Machine on Twitter

Also enjoyed with my good friend @CharlesGT (same afternoon as Ahn-Joo! Pigged OUT!)

Worldfare Bustaurant

Oh the brilliance of the “Bustaurant”… a double-decker food truck with dining on the top level! I’d seen the Worldfare truck on several occasions, but finally got to enjoy the Bunny Chow delights at Ben Anderson’s Summer Rosé Party. Ben is the West Coast Regional Rep for Rosenthal Wine Merchant, so the afternoon was filled with heaps of beautiful Rosé wines, and even better… a surprise visit from the awesome Worldfare Bustaurant! (Thanks so much Ben!) (Read more about Worldfare here)

Worldfare Bustaurant
Left: “The Original” Bunny – Chicken Curry, Coconut Milk, Chick Peas, Cashews and Cilantro Right: Short Rib Bunny – Worcestershire braised short rib, Horseradish Crème Fraiche

Worldfare Bustaurant
Truffle Mac and Cheese Balls

Worldfare Bustaurant
Inside the Truffle Mac and Cheese Balls

Worldfare Bustaurant
Fries with spicy remoulade

Worldfare Bustaurant
Burrata Salad

Worldfare Bustaurant
The Bustaurant!

Worldfare Website

Follow @Worldfare on Twitter

If you missed it, check out this recent post about Ta Bom (fantastic Brazilian street eats!)
Ta Bom

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Ta Bom means “It’s Good!”

Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time with Bill Esparza aka StreetGourmetLA. We met last year at Jonathan Gold’s Cocktail Party, and ever since then I’ve wanted to tag along on one of Bill’s many “street food” adventures. I’ll be writing a full post about my “non valet” evenings with Bill soon, but first a look at my new favorite food truck!

Ta Bom

Ta Bom Brazilian Food Truck is owned and operated by Ilse Marquis and her twin daughters, Jaquelin & Juliana Kim (gorgeous girls… part Brazilian and part Korean). When Bill sent out an email recently to organize a tasting for a few bloggers, I was thrilled that I was available to join the fun.

In Portuguese, Ta Bom means “It’s Good!”, but the food that came out of Ta Bom truck wasn’t just good… it was FANTASTIC. I even broke my “no carb” rule for the afternoon! Honestly, I’m not very familiar with Brazilian cuisine, and mostly thought it would be a beef fest or something (which I would LOVE). Thank goodness I had Bill there to explain that the bites we were devouring, were some of the most authentic Brazilian flavors he’s experienced outside of Brazil. The recipes are from the southern state of Santa Catarina, and if you haven’t tried it yet, follow Ta Bom on Twitter and chase this truck down now! Ta Bom
COXINHA: Croquette filled with shredded chicken and cream cheese

Ta Bom
PASTEL: Spicy Cheese Pastel (Pepper Jack) – Crisp pastry with melted pepper jack cheese

Ta Bom
PASTEL: Ground Beef Pastel – Crisp pastry with seasoned ground beef filling

Ta Bom
HAMBURGAO: The ultimate hamburger topped with scrambled eggs, bacon, potato stix, corn, mayo, lettuce, tomato and thousand island

Ta Bom
CACHORRO QUENTE BRAZILIAN HOT DOG: Beef sausage, topped with ketchup, mustard, mayo, corn and potato stix. (LOVED the crunchy potato stix. I’ll be trying to recreate these on the 4th!)

Ta Bom
GISELLE WRAP (SALPICAO) – SPINACH WRAP Special blend of chicken, fruits and vegetables

Ta Bom
PASTEL: Banana Nutella Pastel – Crisp pastry with sliced banana filling and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar

Ta Bom
Guarana Antarctica (my first try… loved it… will have to try with vodka!)

Ta Bom
Bill inside the truck with Ilse, Juliana and Jaquelin

Ta Bom
Ta Bom Crew Member Cesar Coutino (from Chiapas Mexico)

Ta Bom
The Truck (and Matt!)

Ta Bom Truck Website

Great fun eating with:

@ElinaShatkin

@FoodGPS

@DavidSHaskell

@Mattatouille

@SauceLA

@StreetGourmetLA

Don’t forget to follow @Ta_Bom

Ta Bom on FaceBook

All my Ta Bom Truck photos on Flickr

Look for Ta Bom at the upcoming LA Street Food Fest!

About Santa Catarina, Brazil

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L.A. Street Food (aka Ludo) Fest

Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s fried chicken is simply the best. I first fell in love with it during LudoBites at RoyalT Cafe in December, and was thrilled (like many) that Ludo was bringing it back… in a FOOD TRUCK! This special event was for one day only, at the first ever L.A. Street Food Festival.

L.A. Street Food Fest 2010Peter and I, along with our friend Hanh, showed up almost an hour early and got in line. Happily, we were in direct view of Ludo’s spanking new “Mobi Munch” food truck.

There, we met up with my sister Janet, foodie friends, and lots of other Ludo Lovers. It was an unofficial LUDO FRIED CHICKEN (LFC) munch fest in downtown L.A.!

The event entry fee was only $5, and vendors were selling food at $1 to $5 for each dish. Two pieces of Ludo’s giant deep-fried, rosemary-crusted chicken balls for only five bucks! I was in full “happy dance” mode for the rest of the day.

L.A. Street Food Fest 2010Although the lines for ALL food trucks were long, the Ludo Fried Chicken queue seemed like it went on forever (some people waited HOURS). I’m just so grateful we went early, and was sad to learn that thousands of folks were turned away because of over capacity. Honestly, I DREAM about LFC. It’s THAT good.

After camping at Ludo’s truck for the first hour, I only managed to try two other vendor’s treats. It’s quite obvious that the event was a huge success, but I kept wondering if the entry price was just too low. Maybe next year (hopefully there WILL BE a next year) the entry fee should be increased to $10 or $15 per person? As my sister Janet noted, “it should be about the same price as a movie ticket.”

In any case, I’ll definitely be back… hopefully Ludo (and his chicken) will be there too!

L.A. Street Food Fest 2010

Click here to view all my photos from the Street Food Fest

Jonathan Gold’s Review

More about Ludo Lefebvre and LudoBites

About Ludo & Mobi Munch by FoodGPS

LA Street Food Fest

LudoBites at RoyalT Cafe

Mobi Munch website

Hanh’s website

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