One of my running days with Fannypack is on Sundays. It just so happens that every Sunday, there’s a Food Cart Fest Vancouver held at the Olympic Village. So naturally we made plans to go after our weekly Sunday morning run.
It costs $2 to enter unless you’re a certain demographic (Vancity member or food donation). Outside the gate they’ve posted a chalkboard of the vendors of the day.
I decided to get the Chicharron Pupusa Platter ($10). It came with their pupusa, which is a handmade tortilla filled with my choice of pork, with vegetables, cheese, loroco (a small unopened vine flower bud from Central America. Loroco tastes similar to chard, or a cross between mild broccoli and squash with light nutty overtones), and refried black beans; curtido (pickled slaw) and salsa de tomate (fresh tomato sauce). Also there was yucca fries.
One thing I’ve noticed with food trucks though, their food does not come fast. I guess the good thing about that is that the food is made fresh. Ish.
Guanaco’s pupusas were a bit bigger than the ones I’ve had at Surrey Fusion Fest (not sure who/what company made those) and the ones at El Pugarcito. They were also a bit blander so each bite I had to smear with the salsa. I must say I enjoyed my previous experiences more than the one here. I did like the curtido though albeit it being a bit salty.
The yucca fries were very thickly cut, which made them quite dry and starchy to me. Some pieces were also very hard, so I wonder whether they were freshly fried or just reheated. Again the salsa was really put to use here. I can’t say I enjoyed Guanaco too much.
To wash it all down, I visited the Mangal Kiss truck once again to try their cold-pressed juices. I got the Watermelon, Mint, & Rosewater ($4.00) because I love anything rosewater. And mint. I saw them muddle some fresh mint into the cup and then the juice was poured out of a large vat.
It was quite a large cup for the price. I am pretty sure they don’t add any more sugar to it. I hope they don’t, as it was plenty sweet. Taste-wise, it was mostly watermelon. I had hope the mint and rosewater would be equally prominent but no…I guess I’ll just have to try to recreate it myself. Cold-pressing watermelon juice shouldn’t be too hard =P
In the end, it was still quite a healthy and enjoyable afternoon with my bestie. Sunny days were made for this don’t you think??