April 5, 2013
Just Jackie’s Food Truck, Philadelphia PA
Maple Glazed Seitan Sandwich
I made it just in time to catch Just Jackie’s Food Truck at The Porch at 30th Street Station. It was such a beautiful day to try out this new food truck.
The Maple Glazed Seitan Sandwich, at $7, was pretty good. I loved the sweet but not overwhelming maple glaze on the chopped seitan. The seitan was really hard to chew, though, and got caught in my teeth – a lot. I loved the sweet sauteed kale, peppers, and mushroom the most, especially the kale! However, I found there to be too much of the vegan horseradish mayo. It was a little too creamy and spicy, and some bites took over the rest of the ingredients. The bun was fresh and chewy, which was good. Overall, I liked the uniqueness of the sandwich, something you rarely find on a food truck.
April 3, 2013
Kim’s Dragon Asian Food, Philadelphia PA
General Tso’s Chicken
Ramen with Shrimp and Vegetables
Kim’s Dragon Asian Food is one of the most popular food trucks in Drexel’s food truck row, with such a long line! I liked the photos on the menu and everything looked clean and colourful, unlike some of the old, rusty Chinese food trucks.
The General Tso’s Chicken was quite decent. The sweet, sour, and spicy sauce was tasty and had the right texture. The broccoli soaked it up nicely. The chicken had a nice, thin, but crunchy batter, although it got a little soggy after a while. I was also surprised there were mushrooms and cabbage in it, but I liked them.
The Ramen with Shrimp and Vegetables was a nice change to the regular lo mein. It was basically instant noodles ramen but not too overcooked so was still a little ‘toothsome.’ I liked the spicy chili oil that had flavour and not too greasy. The shrimp was tender but a little overdone while the mushrooms were a little underdone. The other vegetables were good, though, especially the baby bok choy.
I can definitely see why this truck is so popular, especially considering how few Chinese food trucks there are around Drexel, unlike around Penn. And you just can go wrong with having school colours and mascot either.
April 2, 2013
Terry Cheese Steak, Philadelphia PA
Turkey Bacon Egg & Cheese
This breakfast sandwich was by far one of the most disappointing ones I have had ever. The baguette was like any other one but there was not nearly enough cheese except for one bite in the middle of the sandwich. The eggs were thin and a little overdone. The turkey bacon did not have as much flavour as regular bacon so it did not add much to the sandwich. I think I will stay away from turkey bacon from now on… and Terry Cheese Steak.
April 1, 2013
Yue Kee Mobile Kitchen, Philadelphia PA
I was honestly disappointed when I opened the container of Szechuan Tofu from Yue Kee. I was hoping for a more authentic spicy sauce and an array of vegetables. What greeted me were fried tofu cubes and plenty of bamboo strips. However, the sweet, thick sauce caught on to my palate and the pungent but familiar taste of the bamboo was welcomed. The tofu could have been softer since it was steamed and not fried, but it was simple and not too greasy.
March 30, 2013
New York Gyro, Philadelphia PA
Chicken over Rice
So I was on my fifth straight day of eating various forms of Chicken over Rice. This time, it was back in Philly at New York Gyro. I’ve seen so many people constantly lined up by the small food cart. All my friends say it is the best Chicken over Rice. And I’m glad to say, they were correct.
The chicken came in a whole bag of chili and spices marinade, making it almost bright red. It was then cooked until it was juicy and tender on the grill. I waited so long, though, because he made a new batch and stacked nearly twenty boxes with rice and salad before he started putting the chicken in. Then he put the white and hot sauces on five of them before handing them out. It took around twenty minutes, which for a food cart meant to be fast, is totally unacceptable. The rice was ‘al dente’ and fragrant, though, with the chicken tasting absolutely delicious despite the extremely powerful hot sauce that again caused my stomach to be uneasy. A little less next time, and with such a generous portion, this is the place for Chicken over Rice!
March 30, 2013
King Tut Halal Food, New York NY
Chicken Over Rice
Before leaving New York, I just had to get another Chicken Over Rice, this time from King Tut Halal Food. Only in New York City can you find Mediterranean food carts still having a constant stream of customers at 8 p.m.
This one was at least only $5, despite not having a free soda. The chicken had flavourful seasoning from the marinade and spices. However, the hot sauce was really overwhelming and my stomach did not appreciate it. I did like how the creamy white sauce was not drowning the lettuce. The rice did become quite soggy in some parts so while some flavours were good, there were still some room for improvement.
March 29, 2013
Halal Food, New York NY
Chicken over Rice
My first attempt at the famous Chicken over Rice in New York City. Kitty and I were craving it since early evening so we finally decided to get some outside the subway station from Halal Food food cart.
It was delicious! The chicken was tender and was marinated nicely. The seasoning was prominent but not overwhelming. The rice was fragrant and the amount of white and hot sauce was in perfect ratio so that it was creamy and not overly spicy. The only downside was that it was $7 and did not come with a drink. I guess that’s what you get at Times Square.
March 29, 2013
Pongsri Thai Restaurant, New York NY
Tom Yum Goong
Chicken Pad Ped Nor-mai
Shrimp Pad See Ew
I met up with Kitty to stay overnight for competition at NYU the next day. We were planning to go to Central Park and find the Alice in Wonderland statue since we could not get tickets to Mamma Mia! but it was windy and freezing. Feeling like some comforting Asian cuisine, we decided to give Pongsri Thai Restaurant a try since the reviews were good and it was nearby.
The Tom Yum Goong was a nice start. There were quite a few tender jumbo shrimp inside and lots of button mushrooms. The soup was hot and sour and not too greasy, which is why I like a good tom yum soup. The lemongrass was quite pronounced as well.
The Chicken Pad Ped Nor-mai was a stir-fry dish with plenty of bamboo shoots, onions, carrots, and bell peppers in a hot chili paste. We asked for very spicy and boy, it was VERY spicy. I loved it! Yes, I had to drink water, but it certainly warmed us up good. The chicken was overcooked, though, and so a little dry. The presentation was quite nice for a stir-fry dish, though!
The Shrimp Pad See Ew was really good with lots of shrimp, despite the shrimp being a little overdone and not as springy as I would like. The sweet soy sauce was a little oily but the flavour was mild and really good. I especially liked the broad rice noodles with the Chinese broccoli. There was not much egg to be found but the flavour made up for that.
The restaurant was crowded and clearly a popular casual place with friendly service, tucked away in a relatively unseen spot near Times Square. The food was quite good for the price and I would definitely come back here again for some great tasting good.