THE 5 BEST ASIAN FOOD TRUCKS IN AMERICA
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America's food-truck phenomenon was inspired by the previously unthinkable gastronomic marriage of Korean and Mexican. But the Kogi M.O.—quality, affordable fast food delivered streetside—was far from a fad. The company now has five trucks in Los Angeles, and mobile ops are expanding all across the country. Here are our picks for the best Eastern-influenced street-side grub.
This bright-pink truck hits the taco-filled L.A. streets, slinging fried crab balls, tortillas topped with red-curry satay and peanut sauce, and tangy tamarind duck with pickled beets.
The Chairman (left)
This truck has earned more than 10,000 Twitter followers (@chairmantruck) by reaping the glory of the steamed bun, the fluffy vehicle for pork belly, duck confit, and whatever else Hiroo Nagahara dreams up.
Duck N Roll
Banh mi fervor is still strong in the Windy City thanks to these delectably slim baguettes loosely based on the Vietnamese sandwich and stuffed with miso-braised short ribs, coconut curry chicken, or five-spice-rubbed, slow-cooked duck.
Dim Ssäm à GoGo
Corny name aside, the mobile venture from the guys at Sakaya Kitchen puts out the best hangover food imaginable, a "really?" combination of tater tots, marinated Korean beef, and spicy cheese sauce. Yes, really.
Nong's Khao Man Gai (right)
Not a truck, actually—this famed food cart specializes in a Thai version of a dish from China's Hainan province: rice cooked in the flavor-packed liquid used to poach chicken, which ends up on top in tender slices. So simple, so good.