It should come as no surprise to us that there’s yet another addition to the College Hill food truck scene. Meet Fusion Gourmet, a spiffy and flavorful set of wheels that opened its windows at the end of May 2013. BlogDH reached out to the chefs, Jason Vargas and Nina Vongsomphou, to get the essential answers to the essential questions… and the inside dish.
Why did Jason and Nina open Fugo?
The idea of opening their truck came about when they wanted to open a restaurant and share their vision of food with others. However, the finances required to open a restaurant were not feasible, so they jumped on the food truck bandwagon.
What’s the inspiration behind Fugo’s menu?
The boyfriend and girlfriend duo both share a strong passion for trying new food. In fact, before opening the truck they trekked out to California to check out the booming food truck scene. However, their menu is heavily influenced by their personal backgrounds: the flavors in their dishes combine Jason’s Dominican and Nina’s Laotian backgrounds. Thus, their menu items such as Korean braised beef with cabbage mango slaw and kimchee and shrimp tempura wraps served with roasted corn salsa and avocado slices (Ed.-Droooooool) are a play on fusion cuisine, which blends Latin and Asian influences. Also enticing is the “filling” menu from which customers can select from a unique variation on beef, chicken, pork, or tofu to eat as either two tacos, a burrito, or bowl.
What type of experience do both Jason and Nina have in the food industry?
These two are far from novices behind the fire. In fact, both Jason and Nina have at least 10 years of food industry experience. Jason has front-of-the-house expertise from his previous jobs at the Renaissance Hotel Providence and MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Nina holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Boston University and an Associate in Culinary Arts from JWU. She has juggled full-time jobs in finance and a bunch of part-time gigs, including work in the kitchens of Gillette Stadium and as a sushi assistant at Amici Bar and Grille.
Where can I find Fugo?
Since Fugo is relatively new to the biz, Jason and Nina are trying out different vending spots and events throughout Providence; as such, they do not have a set schedule. (Follow the truck on Twitter for frequent updates.) Luckily for us, the two love being on Brown’s campus—they appreciate the great vibes and friendly demeanor of the students and staff. However, the new parking permit requirement in Providence makes it difficult for many trucks to dish out during lunchtime.
Definitely look out for Fugo for some good eats. The prices are more than reasonable—they range from $6 to $10—and definitely beat the pricey menu of well-established trucks like Plouf Plouf. Additionally, Nina and Jason offer a “loyalty card,” which gets you two free tacos after purchasing nine meals. All in all, if you’re looking for some unique flavors and in a food truck mood, or simply want to support this dynamic duo, you should definitely give Fugo a try.