FOOD TRUCKS

A WORLD OF MO­BILE EATS

Vancouver Magazine - Best of the City 2016 - - Front page - By Ju­lia Che­ung

The globe con­verges on our down­town streets, and the city’s in­ter­na­tional roots blos­som in an ar­ray of ca­sual, gourmet and fu­sion mo­bile of­fer­ings. Mex­i­can fare takes on a Ja­panese slant, per­o­gies play a star­ring role, and Down Un­der ends up on top with a B.C. ver­sion of the Aussie pie. Gluten­free, farm-fresh, sus­tain­able, and ve­gan op­tions abound—all re­flect­ing the health-ob­sessed ethos of a foodie town

VIJ ’S RAI LWAY EX­PRESS

New York Times Mag­a­zine has given props to Vij’s sig­na­ture Van­cou­ver In­dian fare, and it’s now avail­able in food cart for­mat. Go for spicy lamb ke­bab wrapped in naan with mint­mango chut­ney, bal­samic onion, and pea shoots, or hal­ibut cheeks in co­conut masala curry. Some dishes, like the jack­fruit curry, come straight from the par­ent restau­rant’s menu, but the cart also has its own ro­tat­ing roster of sur­prises. Where to look: W. Ge­or­gia St. at Bur­rard St. @Vi­jsRail­way

TA­COFINO

Solid ev­i­dence to prop up the buzz? This cart’s ex­pan­sion to a bricks-and-mor­tar lo­ca­tion. Ta­cofino does de­light­fully messy and brac­ing Mex­i­can fare: an orange truck for ta­cos and a white one for bur­ri­tos fea­ture fresh fish (like tem­pura-bat­tered ling cod or lightly seared sesame-soy al­ba­core tuna) and other spicy braised pro­teins bright­ened with salsa fresca. Where to look: Rob­son St. at Howe St. @Ta­cofi­noCantina

JAPADOG

It’s a Van­cou­ver in­sti­tu­tion— renowned for the Ter­i­mayo hot dog, a pure beef sausage with teriyaki sauce, Ja­panese mayo, fried onion, and seaweed nori. What once was a small stand has ex­panded into five lo­ca­tions down­town and a fran­chise grow­ing through­out North Amer­ica. Also crave-wor­thy: Oroshi (bratwurst, grated radish, spe­cial soy, and green onion). Where to look: Bur­rard St. at Smithe St. @JapaDog

E LI’S SE­RI­OUS SAUSAGE

Eli part­ners with D-Orig­i­nal Sausage Co. (a fifth-gen­er­a­tion fam­ily af­fair that makes ni­trite- and gluten-free sausages by hand out of lo­cal pork). Cur­ry­wurst is slathered in house­made curry ketchup, de­liv­er­ing a plump and juicy bite with a nice pep­per­i­ness and snappy skin, shin­ing be­tween hand­crafted Schrip­pen buns. Minced onion and sauer­kraut fin­ish it off to make the ul­ti­mate health­ful hot dog. Where to look: 110 Dun­smuir St. @EatEli

FAT DUCK UR­BAN

The sig­na­ture duck con­fit sand­wich is a sta­ple, but go for Les Trois Co­chons—braised pulled pork butt, pork belly, and maple ba­con but­ter that be­comes a tri­fecta of juicy good­ness. Swiss, slaw, and toasted sour­dough turn this bad boy into an up­scale grilled cheese. Wash it down with a re­fresh­ing wa­ter­melon spritz for a hit of coun­try cook­ing in the city. Where to look: 600 Hamil­ton St. @FatDuck­Truck

YOLK’S BREAK­FAST

The baby-blue food truck has mor­phed into a room that’s one of the city’s best bets for an in­spired break­fast, but the truck

still roams the city. Poached freerange egg lands be­tween a but­tery English muf­fin and a va­ri­ety of tempt­ing top­pings, from roasted por­to­bello mush­room and arugula to dou­ble-smoked ba­con or honey ham (and ooz­ing with hol­landaise). Try a side of flaky, crispy hash-brown skew­ers driz­zled in le­mon truf­fle oil, with just a hint of smok­i­ness pen­e­trat­ing the skin. Where to look: Beatty St. at Dun­smuir St. @Yolk­sBreak­fast

ROAM­ING DRAGON

First out of the gates with the now-ubiq­ui­tous short rib Korean taco, this ven­ture­some cart takes pan-Asian favourites —fried rice, banh mi, steamed pork buns — and amps them up a level. Tofu fans give stand­ing ovations to the Malaysian tofu grilled bur­rito, a fas­ci­nat­ing fu­sion of tastes and flavours. Where to look: W. Ge­or­gia St. at Bur­rard St. @DragonTruck

AUSSIE PIE GUY

Gourmet meets rus­tic with this Cana­dian take on an Aus­tralian favourite. A must­try is the sig­na­ture Shane’s Pie: a soft, flaky crust breaks open to re­veal ten­der, lean short rib, with a sub­tle red - wine el­e­ment aug­mented by the tart­ness of an apri­cot hoisin sauce. Where to look: W. Broad­way at Ash St. @AussiePieGuy

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HI NT: Mo­bile food means you need a mo­bile cheat sheet. Down­load the Street Food Van­cou­ver app for cur­rent lo­ca­tions. Street­foodapp. com/van­cou­ver

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