Next stop on my street food mission is the Roaming Dragon Truck! Roaming Dragon is bringing Pan-Asian food to the streets of Vancouver and let me tell you, they are doing it well. With a range of dishes to choose from, you’re bound to find something that will keep you coming back for more (I know I have!).
Italian street food collides with China with crisp arancini filled with dried shrimp and Chinese sausage that are topped with curry and terriyaki ailolis. Mexico sidles up alongside Korea and delivers some braised short rib tacos filled with spinach and shitake mushrooms, drizzled with a carrot and kimchi dressing and finally wrapped in a corn and nori tortilla.
Classics like Chinese pork buns have been given the David Chang makeover with subtly spiced and succulent braised pork belly from Fraser Valley’s Gelderman Farm, topped with pickled cucumber and hoisin sauce, and encased in a soft steamed bun casing making for a lighter interpretation and a very tasty morsel.
Karage, the well-loved Japanese snack food has also been given the once over with tasty fried morsels of soy and sake marinated chicken, finished with a palm sugar and passion fruit sauce pushing the dish into south east Asian territory. Vietnamese cuisine makes an appearance in the Asian confit duck salad, where the rich shredded ducked is lifted with a mix of greens, aromatic herbs, watermelon, pickled pineapple and the crunch of toasted cashews, which makes for a fantastically balanced salad that hits all the right notes. If you are thirsty you can wash this all down with a lightly carbonated and delicately sweetened lychee and basil lemonade to round off your meal.
The $6 portions are moderate so if you have a big appetite, or you are just feeling ambitious, you can take advantage of the two for $10 or three for $15 deals. Roaming Dragon’s packaging is biodegradable (so don’t be fooled by the Styrofoam-looking containers!).
Roaming Dragon is located on W Georgia Street, between Burrard and Thurlow (outside the Coast Capital building). There’s no way you will be able to miss this 25-foot, pimped out red van. I can’t wait until they put something sweet on the menu too….I hope it happens!