I so appreciate the fact that on any given day in this city I can find a food truck somewhere designed to satisfy practically any food craving I could possible have.
There’s a two-block radius of Wilshire Boulevard (between Downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, between the hours of 11 a.m. to around 2 p.m.) that, on a typical Wednesday afternoon, looks like the United Nations deployed a caravan of food trucks — all featuring international cuisine.
Today I found trucks serving everything from Dominican chicken, sushi wraps, Korean BBQ, Dim Sum to vegetarian fare. One truck in particular focused on a variety of ways to serve peanut butter and jelly — you can believe I’ll be back to check that one out soon!Having a hankering for Dim Sum, I figured I couldn’t go wrong with a truck called “The Dim Sum Truck” and I’m happy to report I wasn’t disappointed. Before I headed out today I did a little research on the truck beforehand (very easy to do, since practically every food truck has some sort of presence on social media–thanks Facebook and Twitter!).
Anyway, I found that they have a nice website featuring a fun little video aptly titled “The Dim Sum Song”. After watching it, I figured that if a group of guys could put together something this creative, the least I could do is to sample the fare. (I’ve provided a link to the video at the bottom of this review if you want to check it out.)
As I explored on the origins of Dim Sum, this what I found on their website:
“Dim sum got its roots from the ancient tea houses set up along the Silk Road to alleviate weary travelers. THE DIM SUM TRUCK now brings this tradition to our own modern-day Urbanites by arriving to street corners around greater Los Angeles county with ample amounts of steamed shu mai and har gow dumplings, baked BBQ pork buns and even a few of our own creative concoctions, like the spicy black bean tofu mulita”.
Now, entertained by the rap video and a brief history on Dim Sum, I was ready to head out and taste test. Here’s what I selected:Pork & Shrimp Shu Mai Dumplings – Gyoza (Japanese pot sticker wrappers) filled with tender ground pork and shrimp, green onion, sesame, ginger and gently steamed until the Gyoza wrapper has the appearance of shrink wrap, sealing in all the tender veggies, meat, and shrimp.
They offer a variety of dipping, soy, and chili sauces, but I opted for the garlic/ginger/soy dipping sauce . Slightly salty but packed with flavor nonetheless.
I couldn’t leave without sampling the steamed buns — a Dim Sum staple. I selected the
steamed chicken & mushroom — very flavorful chicken and delicate shiitake mushrooms seasoned to perfection and encased in a fluffy white bun sealing in all of that flavor. I also tried the traditional BBQ Pork Bun. The pork, deeply crimson, practically burst out of its white pillow and was nicely flavored.
Additional menu options:
Lotus Wrapped Sticky Rice – filled with rice, meat, shrimp, and packed with flavor.
Also don’t miss the Chinese Chicken salad: purple and green cabbage, carrots, tossed in a light soy ginger vinaigrette and topped with crispy wontons. You can opt to skip the chicken if you’re vegetarian.
Last but not least, I decided to opt for dessert and I ordered the Lotus Sesame Balls. Reminiscent of donut holes, these are filled with the lotus seed paste traditionally used in Chinese cooking. Honestly, the Sesame Balls were just okay to me. I typically like anything sweet, and these didn’t disappoint in that department, but the inside was little too doughy for my palate. Otherwise it was a good meal and very affordable.
Pricing: Steamed buns, lotus sesame balls and dumplings about $3 – $4 dollars!
My suggestion: Just like a sit down restaurant — order a variety of things from the menu and bring a friend.