Sample Vancouver’s Top Food Trucks on the “World’s Best Street Eats Tour”

Taraneh Jerven

Kurobuta pork terimayo at Japadog. Photo: T. Jerven

If you’re a food truck fiend like me, you visit a city with a list of the food trucks you want to find before you leave. As the food truck scene explodes across North America, it can be tricky to sort through your growing options and decide which are the best local food trucks, before you even attempt to hit your must-taste goals.

Although I usually go rogue, I decided to let Vancouver Foodie Tours show me some of Vancouver’s best food trucks on their Word’s Best Street Eats tour. Since I’m already familiar with Vancouver’s street food scene, it seemed like a good way to determine if a food truck tour can deliver a good sampling of city’s food trucks.

The World’s Best Street Eats tour runs for two hours on week days and weekends. Tickets are $49 a head and include the food; kids under 12 are $39. The tour visits five to six downtown Vancouver food trucks. The trucks rotate, depending on day, from their pool of participating trucks. Just to give you an idea, regulars include: Japadog, Soho Road Naan Kebab, Tacofino, Mom’s Grilled Cheese and Kaboom Box.

When I turned up at Japadog at Smithe and Burrard for the start of the Word’s Best Street Eats tour, it was raining. But that didn’t dampen our guide, Manuela’s, enthusiasm. She regaled us with the history of Vancouver’s food truck scene and the city’s food truck regulation structure in front of the first Japadog cart–ground zero for Vancouver’s fusion street eats.

I was surprised to learn odd trivia about owner Noriki Tamura. You’ll have to take the tour to get the scoop. We devoured Japadog’s Korobuta pork terimayo dogs. Korobuta pork is the decadently rich, fat-marbled Angus beef of the pork world. It’s topped with teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, butter-fried onions and seaweed.

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Soho Road: Photo: T. Jerven

Next came watching naan-making followed by chicken naan kebabs at Soho Road, Vancouver’s only food truck with built-in tandoor ovens.

We kept on trucking and by the time we hit Tacofino (chocolate diablo cookies), Mom’s Grilled Cheeses (chunky tomato soup), Mogu (spicy chicken karaage) and Le Tigre (warm broccoli & kale salad with Parmesan, lemon and capers) it was more than a meal.

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Tacofino’s diablo cookie. Photo: T. Jerven

The best bit about taking the tour instead of trying to find food trucks on my own was the context Manuela provided. The tour delves into the origins of each truck, from the owners’ backgrounds to the truck design, and gives you a chance to get to know the people behind the 21st century’s hottest food trend.

She also tossed in Vancouver urban and architectural trivia, making World’s Best Street Eats a pleasant way to become familiar with downtown Vancouver. Added bonus: you take home Vancouver food truck deal coupons and recipes from tasting tour.

Find more details on Vancouver Foodie Tour offerings here.

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