It’s tough being the new kid on the block, especially when the block is already full of big kids who serve delicious food. But Buddha Belly, a food truck that serves authentic Chinese food, is ready to brave the aroma jam that is Thayer St. between Waterman and Charlesfield.
Buddha Belly popped up on the Providence food truck scene in September. The truck is on College Hill most Saturdays and Sundays for lunch and dinner. It cooks up Chinese “street food,” and though its menu currently consists of only a few items, the truck plans to expand it in the future. The man behind Buddha Belly also has a great sense of humor: he was wearing a shirt that said, “I HAVE THE BODY OF A GOD. Unfortunately, it’s Buddha.”
Buddha Belly’s menu items are more affordable than most of the other food trucks on College Hill, at $5-$6 each, and a friend and I were able to sample most of the items served.
The Chinese crepe was the star of the menu. I’m not sure what the official definition of a crepe is, but this certainly wasn’t anything like a crepe you’d get at the Creperie. It was a fried masterpiece, consisting of layers of chewy dough and crispy flakes, interspersed with fried egg and sprinkled with fresh herbs. It also comes slathered with a spicy sauce, which the owner kindly watered down for me because my taste buds are wusses. The crepe is definitely worth walking all the way up from the SciLi basement for. Continue Reading
This academic year, lamentably, has been rather short on new mobile culinary purveyors compared to the famed Food Truck Boom of 2012-2013. Just a year ago, as you may recall, food trucks were sprouting up the Hill like crazy and tweeting at each other all the time. Where was the new generation of Lotus Peppers, Sprouts, and Portu Galos? (Come to think of it, where the hell are Sprout and Portu Galo?)
BUT FEAR NOT. BlogDH presents, for the first time since two more trucks cropped up all the way back in September, a blaring New Food Truck Alert. Citizen Wing opened for business just this month with an array of gourmet chicken wings available for order. The selection includes staples like Southern BBQ, variations on classic flavors like Rosemary Hot (buffalo), and newfangled creations like Habanero Cilantro. The wings are tasty, though some might find them a bit pricey; order in bulk with a friend at 20 for $15 to maximize value. Other selections include fries, a gourmet $5 ice cream sandwich, a chicken and waffle plate, and boneless tenders.
According to the truck’s Facebook page, Citizen Wing chef Nick LeFebvre is a Providence local and Johnson & Wales culinary graduate. A tweet by Plouf Plouf indicates that LeFebvre at one time interned there, so he’s been around the Thayer/George food truck scene for a while. Blog gives Citizen Wing a thumbs-up and recommends it for an earlier night when you might already be feeling a little munchy.
There’s a new addition to the ever-growing fleet of food trucks that ply the streets of College Hill, and it’s serving a cuisine you may not have tried before. The Lady Copacabana truck features a changing menu of Brazilian fare and can be regularly found on George Street outside the Ratty during the evenings. The truck’s staples include rissolis (similar to empanadas, with choices of several meat and vegetable fillings), yucca fries, and rice balls, but also be on the lookout for the daily specials, which include a variety of Brazilian sweets and pastries. For more information, check out the truck’s Facebook page or website.
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. Continue Reading