Saturday, February 23, 2013

Soul Cat Cuisine - Hot Mess and Soul Cat

Truck: Soul Cat
Location: Karbach Brewery
Date: February 22, 2013

Hot Mess ($9)

Deep fried hot link with grilled red peppers and onions on a baguette with what I can only describe as The Hottest Mayo on Planet Earth! The link had a nice crunch to it because of the deep frying and the baguette was also fresh and crunchy. Menu had Swiss cheese on this sandwich but I didn't see any. Onions and peppers were done just right. That atomic powered mayo is just too hot though. The heat was like getting sucker punched in August in a Houston parking lot. For the first time in my life I found something just too hot for me to finish. I'll give the operator props, he did warn me that it was hot, but damn, this was just too hot. Synopsis: get the mayo on the side otherwise its just too hot!

Soul Cat ($8)

A good looking corn meal breaded catfish fillet on a good bun with greens, seasoned mayo, tomato and American cheese. Think of it as good version of the fillet-o-fish. I think on this one the fish was a little underdone. The outside was great, but inside it was not quite flaky and tasted a bit raw fishy. Another 30 seconds of cooking and this would have been a great fish sandwich, but underdone it was just good. Synopsis: Go for it, I'm guessing the under cooking was an anomaly. 

Sweet Potato Fries ($6)

Asked for the fries extra crunchy and that's what we got.  These thick cut fries had a little breading which worked and a light dusting of Cajun seasoning that wasn't over powering. Synopsis: well done and recommended.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bare Bowls Kitchen - Portuguese Bowl

Truck: Bare Bowls Kitchen
Location: University of Houston
Date: February 22, 2013

Portuguese Bowl ($4 sm $8 lg)

Lots of braised pastured pork with roasted cabbage, leeks over steamed brown rice. The menu lists braised red beans, but I didn't see any in mine. Loved the sweet very tender and succulent pork down very simply. My bowl had a lot of course ground red pepper with a lot of hot pepper bite (just the way I like it!) The salty cabbage and leeks complimented the pork nicely. Good chewy brown rice to soak up the juices. Honestly the large was plenty, but I wanted more. Synopsis: If you aren't into black pepper, ask them to go light, but if you like pork you'll like this.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Kurbside Eatz - Chicken Paratha Taco and Veggie Paratha

Truck: Kurbside Eatz
Location: University of Houston
Date: February 20, 2013

Chicken Taco on Paratha ($4)

Paratha is a super flaky flat bread originally from the Indian Subcontinent. I'd never tried it before and I have to say I'm sold on it as a taco delivery device. Think of it as a thick tortilla made from filo dough and grilled crispy on the flat top. Chicken was tasty and done perfectly. The cilantro, spicy mayo had just the right kick for a quick lunch bite. For my taste I would have liked more fresh cilantro on it. The cheese didn't seem to be there either. Synopsis: the paratha makes this, a great chicken taco

Veggies on Paratha ($4)

Another taco on paratha. My first bite of this messy taco was "wow the spicy honey sauce is really sweet". On my second bite on the dreary chilly day I tried this was "wow the the nice hot veggies really hit the spot". It all worked because it was so hot and took off the chill of the day. Synopsis: don't wear a white shirt for this, but its a real pick me up.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Rice Box - General Tso Chicken

Truck: The Rice Box
Location: 1638 Westheimer Road, Houston TX
Date: February 20, 2013
Twitter: @RiceBoxTruck

General Tso Chicken

A mobile version of the American Chinese Fast food Classic. This version comes in a Chinese take out box stuffed to the gills with an eggroll and a fortune cookie. When I ordered I was given the options of spicy or mild, and I was offered an upgrade to fried rice. I opted for the classic steamed rice. The eggroll was good and might even have been homemade. The chicken was good and crispy and the broccoli had an unusual but not unpleasant smoky taste for some reason. The sauce was spicy but didn't sear my gut like so many food trucks heavy handed heat these days. And the surprise the fortune cookie had a real fortune!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Nom Mi Street

Truck Name: Nom Mi Street
Date: February 15, 2013
Location: Catholic Center at the University of Houston

Vietnamese Sandwich - Pork
Pork Vietnamese Pork Sandwich ($4.50): A good light crunchy baguette. Lots of good well seasoned pork on the sandwich. Had the expected cucumber and shredded carrots. Too little cilantro for my taste though. Two strips of jalapeno on the sandwich, one so mild it seemed like a bell pepper, the second so hot it made my right eye water and twitch! Nom Mi Mayo didn't stand out, but certainly added to the whole. Synopsis: Not the best ever Bánh mì, but if you a craving one, don't pass this one up.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Stick It

Truck Name: Stick It
Date: February 8, 2013
Location: University of Houston

Grilled Beef Tenderloin ($9):  Tender grilled tenderloin on skewers over grilled veggies and brown rice with herb aioli and chimichurri sauce. Nicely done beef. the herb aioli was tasty and didn't overwhelm the veggies. Good chewy brown rice made this feel substantial.