Asian is awesome; Asian-fusion food can be all the more amazing (and affordable)! And no one does fusion better than those melting-pot Americans and their knack for culinary invention. On your next trip stateside, be sure to drop by one (or more!) of these Skyscanner-selected tasty trucks to see what they’ve got cooking.
1. Nong’s Khao Man Gai, Portland, Oregon
Nong Poonsukwattana arrived in USA in 2003 with just $70 and two suitcases. Her cart specialises in one item: Khao Man Gai (Thai Chicken & Rice). The food she makes is simple but delicious, wrapped in butcher paper and sold at a very reasonable price. From these humble beginnings, she has built a mini-empire, and now has a sit-down eatery where customers can take a peek into her sauce factory. Portland’s Thai food scene is beginning to take off, and this Thai expat is bringing a spicy taste of Bangkok to the city of Roses.
Nong has pulled up her Bangkok street food cart to the kerb in hip Portland. Photo credit: sstrieu / Flickr
2. Bian Dang, New York City
For a taste of Taipei in the streets of Manhattan, stop by Bian Dang, which can be found in various locations around the island, as well as in Brooklyn. Follow them on Twitter for up to date information about appearances. You can’t go wrong with either the pork or the chicken, but vegetarians can rejoice in the plethora of options for them as well.
Bian Dang grills up authentic Taiwanese street food in the heart of the Big Apple. Photo credit: Laryleenyc / Flickr
3. Kogi BBQ, Los Angeles
This Iconic LA and Orange County based taco truck started the whole Korean Mexican taco boom, and has become a local landmark serving up tacos day and night. Chef Roy Choi and his partner championed this new LA wave making street fare edgier. Choose from creations like spicy pork tacos, kimchi quesadillas for a taste of LA street culture or their signature short rib taco which is Korean BBQ beef, cilantro onion and lime with a spicy soy slaw in warm homemade tortillas. Mexico meets Seoul in the form of high-end fusion food at street prices.
You haven’t tasted LA until you’ve had a Kogi BBQ creation. Photo credit: Vincent Diamante / Flickr
4. Dragon Grille, Las Vegas
Gambling can make a man hungry, but visitors in Vegas can quickly sate that hunger at a great new food truck serving up Asian-fusion tacos, burritos and more right on the Strip. These creative, award winning chefs, whose stand won “Best New Food Truck of 2013,” serve up intriguing combinations of foods from all over, like the Philly-meets-Busan Bulgolgi Cheesesteak and fan-favourite Dragon french fries.
Celebrate a jackpot with delicious fusion tacos on the Vegas Strip. Photo credit: Las Vegas Eater
5. East Side Kings, Austin, Texas
This hip Austin food truck parks in the heart of the city and provides great food for music loving locals and visitors alike. Very Asian, and plenty of meat, though they also provide vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well. The truck offers lots of Japanese-inspired dishes, and one of the founders is of Japanese descent. Here, Tokyo flavours meet Tex-Mex sensibility in the heart of cowboy country.
East Side Kings are the shoguns of Austin’s vibrant food truck scene. Photo credit: Enoch Lai / Flickr
6. Komodo, Los Angeles
How does a Java-style pork rendang sound? The spicy tastes of Jakarta have been imported to California and the results are mouth-watering. You can also get your nasi goreng fix if that’s what you need. Even the modern American dishes here are accented with subtle Asian influences. Find out why diners have fallen in love with this food truck’s taste of Asia as interpreted by Angelenos.
Southeast Asia meets Southwest America in the City of Angels. Photo credit: star5112 / Flickr
7. BeanFish, Seattle
USA’s first artisanal Taiyaki on wheels, this truck offers an Osaka staple on the streets of Seattle. The brother-sister team that runs this food truck is the latest in a long line of Seattle-area restaurateurs so you know their pedigree is strong. Taiyaki is something like a Japanese donut, filled with various interesting sweet treats, and is beloved in Japan. BeanFish spices things up a bit with non-traditional flavours like peanut butter and banana, bacon and cheddar.
Satiate your sweet tooth with a Japanese favourite at Seattle’s BeanFish. Photo credit: The Seattle Globalist
8. Nom Mi Street, Houston, Texas
Saigon Cowboys queue up for Banh Mi and Mexican dishes at this food truck in Houston’s third ward. The Kimchi Fries also come highly recommended. The brainchild of a couple from 2012, Nom Mi Street serves up generous portions smothered in the yin and yang of sauces – Nom Mi and Sriracha. Locations change as this truck relocates, so follow them on Twitter to find out where they are.
Nom Mi Street: Vietnamese fusion made with love in Houston Texas. Photo credit: Roaming Hunger
9. The Box on Wheels, Seattle
Routinely voted Best in Seattle, this truck’s menu of pan-asian foods actually calls Redmond home, near the Microsoft campus, and changes locations regularly. If you’re in the area, the Pork Belly Bao for $2.75 is a great deal that tastes like a million bucks. People also rave about the Chicken Karaage Plate, which contains tender pieces of Japanese fried chicken with special house sauce, steamed rice and Chop Chop Salad. Honestly, this is the kind of place you can point randomly at the menu and leave feeling completely satisfied.
The Box on Wheels serves Seattle’s best, most creative, affordable fusion pan-Asian cuisine. Photo credit: The Box On Wheels
10. Tiffin Asha Indian food, Portland, Oregon
Portland’s best south Indian food can be found in a humble food cart in the city’s north side. Tiffin Asha serves fresh hot dosas using recipes which are the unique creations of chef and owner Elizabeth Golay whilst employing modern techniques. These pancakes made of fermented lentils and rice are fluffy, crispy, slightly tart, and completely delicious. The delicious tastes of Chennai have found a home in the Pacific Northwest.
_Tiffin Asha makes delicious dosas and more in North Portland. Photo credit: Cartatouille_