Yes, we came back to the Food Truck Festival for a second round! Last time we came while we weren’t too hungry, but this time we came on empty stomachs and brought Q’s uncle + family along! Q’s uncle really likes food carts as there are none in HK, so this was a perfect opportunity for him to check out a lot of them all at once (Q: He loves to watch North America shows so he is very familiar with the idea of foodtrucks! He couldn’t wait to go and see/try them in person!).
Again, it’s a $2 entrance fee unless you’re a customer of Vancity and have proof of that. (Q: I know last time I complained about the entrance fee but this time I found out all the entrance fee is donated to Hungry Kids in Vancouver. That totally justify it…while we stuff our faces, we must not forget the less privileged, esp children.)
We started off with Dougie Dog, the last food cart among the QE Pod food carts that I had yet to try. As usual Dougie himself is there to serve his gourmet hotdogs. (Q: my uncle also loves hot dog! He will eat one when it sees a stand selling it despite he probably just ate a full meal)
There was a sizable line by the time we got there already – it was only 12:30pm! (Q: the festival starts at 12 btw)
Great selection of hot dogs, and all of which sound pretty awesome. We decided to get two dogs and split them so that we have room for other things. Dougie was nice enough to get the kitchen to cut them for us! (Q: but unfortunately, they were so busy that they forgot)
We had the Bacon Chilli Cheese Dog and The Reuben Dog.
Both hot dogs were an excellent size. The Bacon Chilli Cheese Dog was pretty good, with flavourful chilli and cheese. There wasn’t much kick to it though, really more of a sweet chilli because of the tomatoes. (Q: I felt the chili was more on the sour side due to the tomatoes…ketchup-y?) Couldn’t taste the bacon, but the sausage was good. Overall this dog is a bit greasy and messy to eat, but a solid hot dog. (Q: it was alright I found. Wasn’t tasty enough that I would order it again…This hot dog just did not stand out to me at all.)
The Reuben was more refined. With some delicious sauerkraust sauce, the bratwurst sausage tasted pretty good. (Q: This is more savory with the mustard and sauerkraust.) I liked this one more than the Chilli dog, but this doesn’t really hold anything to an actual authentic German bratwurst. (Q: I liked this one more too! C lied…at the festival, he said he like the chili dog more! Hm…come to think of it, he is probably saying that so he gave me the one I like to eat more) Decent dogs, but that’s about it. I’d probably still take a Japadog over either of these. (Q: ditto about the Japadog)
I’m a fan of grilled cheese sandwiches. I’ve tried Mama’s Grilled Cheese before, so I figured I’d try this newer cart, Taser Grilled Cheese.
Their menu is pretty simple, just three grilled cheese options. Gouda, being one of my favourite cheeses, was my immediate choice!
I felt kind of bad for the girls working there; just standing infront of the cart, I could feel the heat radiating from the grill. It was crazy hot under the sun already, standing behind that grill all day must be tough!
It didn’t take long for me to get the So Gouda. Unfortunately, it also didn’t wow me. The sour dough bread was great and toasted well, but it didn’t work with the Gouda. The bread tasted very buttery, and that took a lot of flavour away from the cheese. The cheese had a nice gooeyness to it, but I felt like there was something missing. Perhaps there wasn’t enough cheese? Somehow, it just didn’t stand up to the likes of Mama’s Grilled Cheese and Cheat Day. (Q: I took a bite and that was it. Being a cheese lover myself too, this just didn’t impress. I like the buttery bread more…)
The bacon flavour was also masked by the bread and cheese…let’s not even talk about the sun-dried tomatoes that were supposedly in there! (Q: oh? there were other things in it!? LoL…I just found that out now…All I tasted was bread and cheese.)
While I went to get the grilled cheese, Q went to get some Deep Fried Risotto Balls from Street Meet. (Q: Beck and I went to the very first foodtruck fest and this was what we got. Good memories!) Super awesome! I ran out of hands at this point, so only one photo.
Really cool idea. The risotto inside is cooked nicely; perfect crunchy exterior paired with soft flavourful risotta rice inside. (Q: still the same delicious taste as I tried it 2 yrs ago)
JJ’s Trucketeria had a really long line. For the longest time, I was the last one in the line!
I immediately hopped in line after I saw the pictures of what they were serving. The Panwich was only $5 (fantastic price in comparison w/ all the other trucks) and the meat looked ridiculously good!
The Signature Panwich is a giant bunch of Filipino BBQ Pork thrown on top of a toasted bun.
The pork was deliciously tender. Plenty of explosive flavour! Slightly spicy. There was so much meat that I had to find a seat! By the end of it, I barely had room to touch the bun. Probably the best truck I’ve tried at both Food Cart Fests! (Q: this dish didn’t impress me. It tasted like something my mom make with left over Chinese BBQ pork. To be honest, my mom does it better!)
Finally, Q decided to get another Johnny Pop. It was getting really hot by the time we finished walking around and ate a lot of food, so Q decided to cool down with a pop instead of a drink. The avocado lime pop caught her eye last time we were here, but Johnny’s Pops sold out of them. This time she managed to get one!
I like the starburst one more, but this one was still good. You get a nice lime flavor and a creamy avocado aftertaste. Pretty cool! (Q: I like this more than the starburst flavor! This is more refreshing and creamy. It definitely taste more like a popiscle made with milk and cream where as the starburst one tasted like an icy? I will definitely get this one again and then get C a Starburst one )
All in all, I enjoyed the Food Cart Fest the first time and enjoyed it this second time as well! Worth checking out at least once, especially if you haven’t been too involved with the food cart scene in downtown.
Check out our first review of the Food Cart Festival 2013!