I love the idea of street food! I am super
excited about the new food truck craze that has been sweeping the
U.S. I love the casualness about it and the flavours always pack a
In L.A., one of my favourites is the fresh fruit carts. They're all
over the city and you can just grab a big, yummy bag--yes I said
bag--of fresh, sliced fruit (mango, watermelon, cantaloupe, papaya,
jicama and oranges with big chunks of coconut). They slice it in
front of you, squeeze two baby limes in it, sprinkle it all with
chili powder and salt, and shake up the bag. It's $4 and you can
buy it on the street on the go.
I even follow certain food truck locations on
Twitter! So, needless to say, I was really excited to see what our
great chefs would prepare on street cart day.
Here we go...
The sloppy Joe's from Rob ROCKED.
He made them with chorizo on yummy, fluffy buns. He's also had ham
'n' cheese sandwiches with a smoked ketchup. I was so impressed
with his layered flavour profiles in these really basic
Dale was at a loss apparently with the countries
he picked. It is a disappointment for me because I love Indian food
and a good roti, so I was looking for an interesting combination
from him. He made a soup, which I wouldn't have done for street
food. Also, he should not have made a salad. Soup and salad isn't
what I think of when I'm thinkin' "street." We got heat in the
curry, but there were no real layered flavours at all. This is not
Dustin made a great mini pizza with duck
confit, béchamel and onions. He also made a tuna
Nicoise sandwich. I really liked how Dustin combined both
countries. In fact, so far he's done that best.
Francois' street food was hard to eat with our
hands and was quite bland. Again, I'm not feeling the soup on a
street cart. Vietnamese and
Chinese food is really not "bland" tasting food
and that is all we came up with that day.
Then there was Connie who pulled
Germany. Will she sausage or won't she? I hoped
she would. It's in her wheelhouse, so how could she not? Well...
We were most excited to try Connie's sausage and Pad
Thai. Maybe that's why we were so disappointed in her
cart. Everything was so bland and so boring. It is NOT the
impression you want to give in terms of street food. In fact, it's
I was wrong, this was the hardest, worst judges table so far. The
chefs are all so good and I didn't want to send any of them home
because of street food cart mishaps. The eating part was so fun.
This part sucked.
Posted: Tue, Jun 21 2011
by Guest Blogger