cheap eats week

Unbeknownst to me, Sunday was the first day of yummy cheap eats this week.  A friend came to the city to hang out and the StrEATfood park (somastreatfoodpark.com) seemed like perfect place to go.  Sunny warm weather, lots of different food trucks, and not to mention, really close by..this place is seemingly becoming a fun place to take non-SFers.

I got meatballs to share from the Chef Pelle Truck (chefpelle.com) and they came with a sweet fruit topping, along with a side of mashed potatoes, pickled cucumbers all in a tasty gravy:

chefpelle

 

as well as the shrimp & crab sandwich, the Fish Tank Truck’s ‘Best Seller’ (thefishtanktruck.com)

fishtruck

It was not bad, but not nearly as good as the Crazy Crab’z sandwich from AT&T Park (which I was secretly hoping it would taste like).  Now that sandwich is redonkulous!  Crazy Crab’z is pricy at $16 (it’s a ballpark, what do you expect?), but soooo good.  Baseball season is back!  It’ll be time to go back to the ballpark soon for another Crazy Crab Sandwich!..oh and of course to watch the Giants!

So back to cheap eats.

SW was craving Taco Bell this week.  We don’t eat fast food often, but when he mentioned it two days in a row, I agreed..plus I did want to try the new Doritos Cool Ranch Taco 😀

So here it is:

cool ranch taco

I love  cool ranch chips and it tasted exactly like them!!  I can’t believe they didn’t come up with combo sooner.  I only got one.  Should have gotten more.  Oh well. Next time.

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Had lunch with my friend yesterday.  I’ll call him “jack”..he’s sort of a ‘jack of all trades’ lol.  He really wanted Chairman Bao (www.thechairmantruck.com) and it’s been awhile, so we went.  This was probably one of the first food trucks in the bay area, offering ‘high end street food’.  Now, a ton of trucks have followed suit, as evidenced by the StrEATfood Park.   I actually never had a chance to try Chairman Bao until only recently.  Before then, I had only seen their cool looking trucks driving by, and never stationary 😦

truck

Panda Mascot – I like!

What the Bao is a Bun?

Gua bao, or a bun sandwich, is a tasty traditional Taiwanese snack. It’s pretty simple: meat or vegetables sandwiched between steamed or baked buns.

Menu

Do I want my buns steamed, or baked?

BAKED: A large Asian dinner roll-shaped bun, baked with a light sugar glaze for a golden brown crust and a fluffy center.

STEAMED: A smaller Asian clamshell-shaped bun with a slightly sweet flavor and an overall fluffy texture.

I’ve only tried their steamed buns, so this time, I decided to try one of each:

baos

Left:  Baked Tender Pork Belly with Turmeric Pickled Daikon & Green Shiso –Pork Belly of course was flavorful & tender.  The baked bun added a slight additional sweetness.

Right:  Steamed Spicy Chicken with Toasted Sesame Purée, Pickled Carrots-Cucumber & Cilantro.  The amount of spice was just perfect and the steamed bun was a nice variation from the baked one.

Both had a nice combo of textures and flavors — and pickled veggies added crunch!

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