Hamburger 2.85 has been getting a lot of press lately and I really wasn’t that interested in a hamburger but the price point was so low that it propelled me to try it. They’re located on the corner of Pender and Granville.
They only serve a hamburger or a hamburger with cheese (+$0.50).
The hamburger comes to $3 with tax. It looked exactly like the picture that they’re advertising! That’s pretty rare (cough squished McDonald’s burgers cough). The hamburger tasted like something I could put together in a backyard BBQ. The size was pretty good for me and the patty was alright, not dry and it had that slightly charred flavour. The addition of the teriyaki sauce was what gave the burger more flavour. The burger is really simple and pretty decent. I think with this price, no one can really complain about it since all the other food trucks serve food around $8-10. Not sure if I would come back though because it just didn’t feel special or out of the world tasty.
They’re open on Saturdays and I went in the afternoon so there was no crazy line up. I don’t think I would line up for this.
I was never particularly interested in trying JJ’s Trucketeria but amidst all the food truck’s at city hall, they seemed the most interesting. I guess it’s all relative. There’s a driveway and a park behind city hall so that was where some food trucks were hanging out one day. I would’ve never noticed them otherwise since it’s not too visible from the street.
They serve Filipino fusion items and the item that caught my eye was the Filipino Pork Panwich. They also have a famous “Market Bowl” filled with brown rice and fresh vegetables.
There was SO MUCH PORK!!! You can’t even see the bread!!! It’s not exactly a sandwich… it’s more like meat + bread. The bun is the pandesal which is a famous bun in the Philippines. The pork wasn’t that fatty but tender enough. It still retained some chew to it but it wasn’t dry or difficult to chew either. The pork was difficult to pick up with my plastic fork though and the pieces could be cut a bit smaller. Don’t want to risk dropping any of that delicious meat on the go! I can’t quite describe the type of bbq sauce they used though but it was an Asian flavour that seemed like something my mom has made before hmmm… They also offered me some sriracha sauce which I didn’t really need but I took it anyway. The bun part was not very impressive though and not when compared to the pork! The bun soaked up the oil and sauce from the pork though so it was still tasty.
This is a super filling meal for lunch and a great deal for $6.50 since they give you so much meat!
Conveniently enough Aussie Pie Guy was parked near where I work and we all decided to get some pie! Yes it was pie day a few weeks ago but it turns out it was actually pie month ;) Okay fine we would’ve went anyway hahaha
All their pies are savoury except one which is the Sweetie Pie which is a smaller apple pie. I thought the pies would be a bit cheaper but they’re $8 each. I was never much of a savoury pie person so we’ll see how these hold up.
I chose the Shane’s Pie which is their most popular pie. The crust on this was perfect. Inside it was stuffed with tender beef short rib, vegetables and potatoes. I actually did not end up with much potato or vegetables except at the end where it was stuck on this one side of the pie. I was expecting it to be more dispersed throughout the pie. The beef was really delicious accompanied by their apricot hoisin sauce. I couldn’t really tell it was hoisin sauce at first. The pie was not disappointing for $8.
My co worker tried the Kanga pie and don’t worry it’s actually stuffed with ground venison meat and not real ground kangaroo meat! This was also quite tasty. I guess for $8 these are in line with other food trucks and worth a try.
*EDIT* Matt from Aussie Pie Guy contacted me and said there is actually only kangaroo meat in the Kanga. Sorry about that! I must have hearing problems…
I’ve been to Le Tigre quite a few times now and I think I’m almost sick of it… but I’ll still go back sometime haha Here are a few more items I’ve tried.
These are their “Famous” Beet Fries with artichokes and a 7 spice mayo. The beets were nice and crunchy and they were quite tasty after being dipped in mayo. Ok deep fried vegetables with dip can’t be bad right? These are pretty good considering I don’t eat beets much!
This is the “Crack” Salad with cauliflower, kale, cabbage, broccoli, cracked chilies and parmesan cheese. I never thought that a salad could be this tasty!!! Everything was crispy and a bit salty but had a slightly spicy taste after from the chilies. Super delicious!!! This is my favourite item now. Although it is pretty oily and does not really qualify as a salad it’s so good! Love their flavour combination here.
Finally we have the Big Bad Beanswhich are green beans with spicy ground pork and chilies. These were good beans but they weren’t that special compared to other things on the menu since they were similar to what I can get at a Chinese restaurant. I also thought that there’d be more ground pork too. However, the portion of green beans was still really big. Once again, these were also really oily.
You can read my post about their Kick Ass Rice here. That’s my other favourite! All of the above dishes are $5 too (except the Kick Ass Rice is $9) so it’s affordable and it was filling enough for me. Also, they have awesome menu names!
So I rarely ever eat Mexican food really and when I do it’s not authentic so I can’t say I know much about burritos but so far these are the BEST that I’ve ever eaten! Ok so I don’t eat many burritos so you gotta keep that in mind. However, I am now going to try all the burritos I can find so I can compare them!
Sal Y Limon is located on Kingsway and Fraser in this small complex that I would never visit otherwise. In other words, it’s a bit of a hole in the wall but I’m so glad I found it! The inside looks alright and there was a steady stream of customers. The parking lot is really small though.
I had the Pierna Burrito which was slow roasted pulled pork (yes I still have a thing for pulled pork) and it’s nice that they cut it in half for you so you can see all the lovely ingredients. The burrito was really juicy and flavourful and the rice was really good. I didn’t even mind the beans in there. You can also customize it so if you want extra jalapenos or something, go for it! I just had everything in it. I just can’t describe how good this was!!! The pork was really soft and tender too and the burrito was just mildly spicy to me even though there were jalapenos. The tortilla wrap was quite soft and thin and it held everything really well. I thought the burrito might be bigger but it was a good size for me and the flavour made up for it! Price was good too. They also have a variety of different salsas and sauces you can use ranging from mild to spicy! You can try them all by putting them in little containers.
My co worker got some tacos which she also thought were pretty good and comparable to La Taqueria. Top left: fish taco, top right: chicken, bottom right: pulled pork, bottom left: marinated pork with pineapple. She said the fish taco was the best!
This place was so good that my co workers and I decided to come back the following week. :D Yes we were that impressed! I got another burrito, this time I had the Cordero Al Cilantro which was lamb marinated in cilantro. I put some chipotle sauce on top before I took the picture. I liked the lamb even more than the pulled pork!!! It was just marinated even better and the flavour was stronger? If you don’t like lamb then you’re probably not going to get this but if you do it’s delicious! I noticed the second half of the burrito got really oily though because the wrapper was wet. =/ Other than that it was still really good!
I also tried my friend’s horchata which I’ve never tried before. It’s a drink made with rice and barley and cinnamon and it basically looks like milk and tastes like cinnamon flavoured milk! It was pretty good :)
I wouldn’t coming back again soon but it can get messy! I have to try more Mexican food now! Burritos here I come!
I came across Ebi Ten on Robson and their pictures seemed enticing enough so I decided to try it. Yeah all it takes are some nice pictures (read: marketing) to get my attention! I tried to keep my expectations low though.
There aren’t that many seats inside and their whole menu is basically up there. I have a thing for chicken and spicy things so I was drawn to the Sweet Chili Chicken on Rice Bowl.
They have three different size options: 10oz, 16oz and 20oz. I decided to go for the 16oz which was reaaally big with tons of rice. Should’ve went for the 10oz but I’m greedy. The chicken was tender and served on some lettuce and combined with the sweet chili sauce (which tasted exactly like it sounds), it reminded me of some frozen food that I’ve had that was similar. There was also plenty of sauce for the rice too even though it doesn’t seem like it. It was alright but I wouldn’t order it again. I think I should’ve ordered something else …
This place seems pretty popular and if you want cheap and filling this seems to cover it.
So my brother got McDonald’s poutine and I tried some and we both agreed that it was just their fries+gravy and cheese curds. Since their fries are so skinny it just doesn’t taste good with the gravy and cheese which weren’t special either. Unless you’re extremely desperate, please go somewhere else for poutine. The fries taste much better with just salt. I wasn’t expecting much anyway.
Le Tigre is another food truck that I’ve wanted to try and my chance came when my co worker said that she was going to pick up some takeout from them! Yay! On Tuesdays they’re located on Cambie and 8th outside Whole Foods which is fairly close to my workplace. They serve contemporary Asian cuisine with a twist and they’re famous for their kick ass rice so of course I got that. You get a choice of pork belly or popcorn chicken with it and it turns out that you can also get half and half! Best of both worlds! I mean I can’t just pick one over the other!
So what’s in this Kick Ass Rice? According to their website it’s “cooked in sake, butter, dashi and topped with a perfect poached egg,fresh herbs and thai chillies “. Mmm I need to eat this again soon. The popcorn chicken tasted like the Taiwanese kind but with other spices instead of salt and pepper. I thought it was a bit under-seasoned though. The pork belly was fatty and tender like it should be. The poached egg was made perfectly and helped mix everything together! There was also some cabbage underneath along with some cilantro (or something green and leafy)? The rice was delicious and you could taste all the herbs and spices they put in and there was just a bit of spiciness. There were just so many flavours in this I had to savour every bite and I wished there was more.
My half finished meal with everything mixed up!
This really hit the spot for lunch. Also, I love interesting menu names! It sounds more interesting than a long description of where the food came from like “Fraser Valley pork and apples from the Okanagan…etc”.
I’ve been meaning to try Eat Chicken Wraps for a while now after I heard about their Hoisin Chicken Wraps. Ok I think it sounds like I always start my post with “I’ve been meaning to try…”. Well I have a lot of places on my hit list!!! 8) Anyway, I was pretty excited for this hehehe I think I’m just eating through all the food trucks now.
There truck is always on Howe and Robson and they open later than most other food trucks too.
It’s funny that they serve hot dogs too. I kinda doubt anyone would order that here. Tada! Here is the Hoisin Chicken Wrap. It was every bit as good as they say it is! The outside is a crispy Chinese green onion pancake. It was crispy and flaky and oh-so-good! The chicken inside was tender and well seasoned. I’m glad they didn’t overdo the Hoisin sauce either. It was flavourful either way and didn’t rely on the sauce. There was also crunchy greens to balance out the oiliness of the pancake too. A great lunch for a simple but well executed concept! I want another one right now…
I dropped by Chipotle for a quick lunch but it turns out the lineup was super long. I decided to stick it out anyway since I wanted to try it. Also, as luck would have it, the lineup virtually disappeared five minutes after I order. At Chipotle you have a choice of getting either a burrito, tacos, a bowl or a salad. For the meat you have a choice between carnitas, barbacoa, steak and chicken? They also have sofritas which is their new vegetarian tofu option. All the options cost $8.95. I decided on getting the bowl which is basically the burrito without the tortilla wrap and that should save me some calories right? The funny thing was that they do kind of list the calories on their menu but it’s listed as a range such as 200-700 or something which isn’t useful anyway.
This is the bowl I ended up with. It has carnitas, cheese, pinto beans, sour cream, mild and medium tomato salsa, cilantro-lime rice and lettuce. When everything was mixed together it did taste pretty good but I had expected the carnitas to be a bit more flavourful but it was good when you mixed in everything else. You can also ask for more or less of a certain ingredient if you want. Overall, it wasn’t anything mindblowing to me, Maybe it would’ve been better if it had been in a burrito and then I wouldn’t have been able to dissect everything. It also felt overpriced for just the bowl or the salad too. I would rather spend my $8.95 somewhere else.