A cross-cultural culinary success story — and amazing Asian tacos
When Andrew Lay took a break from his Ottawa hot dog cart, he travelled to southern China. It was in the town of Yangshuo that he met restaurateur Xin Hui Su, known to everyone as Sula. “She kept feeding me momos!” says Lay, recalling the spicy Tibetan dumplings that he couldn’t get enough of.
Both came to Ottawa and set up something completely different. And we now have Asian tacos, fresh from a food cart! Build-your-own is the concept, with choices of fillings, greens, and sauces in a corn or flour tortilla or a lettuce wrap. Here, Sula’s moma filling of beef with cumin, coriander, and black pepper takes on a whole new meaning. If meat is not your thing, give five-spice tofu a try. Greens include cucumber mint and homemade kimchi. Meanwhile, Sula’s spicy chili oil is positively addictive.
On the horizon? All kinds of stir-fries are being developed, as well as a bricks-and-mortar home on Main Street, scheduled to open this summer, that will house a takeout version of Sula Wok. Don’t worry, though, the Sula Wok team will be carting their Asian tacos around the city and at special events all summer long.