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5 Food Trucks to Follow


Meals on wheels have been making their way from Brooklyn to Berlin to Bangkok. MONSICHA HOONSUWAN takes a look at the latest Asian incarnations of this roving foodie fad.

Published on Oct 13, 2015


BANGKOK

With banh mi, burger and even Philly cheesesteak options, it's getting harder to rise above the noise in this increasingly crowded food-truck town. But a new entry is ginning up buzz rivaled only by the mobile phones of patrons waiting for confused friends who need directions. Tucked around the backside of a parking lot, (1) Pizza Massilia is already being praised for serving one of the city's best pies. Both the shady, serene setting and the blackened, bubbled pizzas are Marseille-inspired, with ingredients imported from France and Italy—the home countries of the duo who lit this oven, Frederic Meyer of Namsaah Bottling Trust and Luca Appino of La Bottega di Luca and Vesper. But we suggest you figure out how to get there soon or you might find yourself hot on their wheels: this truck will be zooming off once a month to new locations in Chiang Mai, Phuket, Khao Yai and Hua Hin.

Pizza Massilia
Frederic Meyer and Luca Appino crank up the heat. Courtesy of Pizza Massilia.

Barbecue's humble roots make it perfect for a movable feast, which is why you'll find scene kids scarfing down pulled pork on pillowy home-baked buns at the (2) Deli-Q alongside Italian beef sandwiches and other gloriously caloric grub. Then there's (3) Meat & Bones, a hawking dry-rubbed, sauceslathered, 12-hoursmoked ribs finished on the grill for a hint of char.

 

KUALA LUMPUR

Mexican fare is gaining serious followers, thanks to the fusion recipes like chili con carne with Indian papadams, cheesy beef cubano sandwiches and crispy mozzarella-layered chicken quesotacos at (4) Curbside Cantina, cooked up in a bright-red truck by the Cantina Moderna catering team.

 

MANILA

If you prefer a bit more predictability with your provisions, head to the food park (5) StrEat. It combines old-school brick-and-mortar establishments like Lost Bread—think brioche pain perdu with rings of maple-candied bacon, wobbly poached eggs and olive oil-slicked spinach—with their trendier, more mobile cousins selling everything from tacos to chicken-fried steak. Hipsters may come to this community-centric hot spot for the Instagram-friendly vehicles, but they'll stay for the quality eats.

StrEat
Courtesy of StrEat.

 

 

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Pizza Massilia's truck. Courtesy of Pizza Massilia.
  • Pizza Massilia's scarmorza-sausage pie. Courtesy of Pizza Massilia.
  • Pizza Massilia's wood fire oven. Courtesy of Pizza Massilia.
  • Twelve-hour ribs from Meat & Bones. Courtesy of Meat & Bones.
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