I’m very sorry to report that Zombie’s Food Truck has been retired.
Creating an insatiable zombie horde one convert at a time.
The first step in any recovery program is admitting your problem. I was raised in a culture where a meal without meat is, well, more like an appetizer. I get finished and now I’m looking for dinner and some real food. I’m now past Step One in eliminating my bias against meatless meals thanks to Fred Hoang-Davis and his food truck, Zombie’s.
My first encounter with Zombie’s was earlier this year at the initial Truckstock at Sylvan and I-30. I was salivating just thinking about crawfish, sliders or tacos when we cruised by Zombie’s. Fred, who’s incredibly friendly, and the cool graphics on the truck lured me in to check out the menu.
The spouse (that’s my spouse, not Fred’s!) is the culinary expert in this couple and she suggested trying the Seoul Survivor. I thought the name was interesting. I read the description and didn’t have any idea what most of it meant. I’m no Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods host on the Travel Channel) but she has expanded my food horizons and taught me to give new things a try, so I said, “Sure??”
Even if I have no idea what ‘Bulgogi-inspired grilled seitan with scallions, red onions and mushrooms on a Bolillo roll with fresh basil and Sriracha-ginger mayo’ is, I’m game to give it a try. One bite brings a smile to my face. This is REALLY good! Tastes just like marinated beef. Sriracha I don’t know, but I know enough that ginger gives food a nice spice and this was just right. Even the Bolillo roll, crispy on the outside and soft inside was just in balance with the stuffing.
I knew there was a Vegan Truck in Dallas but I didn’t realize it was Zombie’s. Don’t get me wrong. Fred is the Grand Ambassador of Vegan Food in the local food truck scene and tells everyone who comes up that the food is vegan but I was spaced off somewhere else during that part. I couldn’t believe it when I was reminded this is vegan. I took another bite. It takes just like meat. This is good stuff.
Fred put a twist on his Decadence in a Cup so we gave that a go, too. It was chocolate, right, so what could go wrong. Well, nothing went wrong but it we more like pudding than mousse and in the heat, it began to separate really quickly. I’m not sayin’ it was bad; just not what I was expecting.
I caught up with them again at the Deep Ellum Food Truck Rally. The only difference is that this time, they were #1 on the agenda. Yep, you read that right. My first choice tonight is vegan!
There are specials on the menu. I go for Special #1, Eagle Pass – crunchy tortilla chips covered in spicy red chili, cilantro, pico and ancho ranch dressing. I opted for the guacamole on top. The flavor was great, the spice was a nice medium level and the chips were crunchy … until they weren’t. Those on the outside that I ate first were great but by the time I made it to the middle of this generous serving, the chips were pretty soaked. The flavor was still good but I missed the crunch.
The second course was the Neftacos Feliz. These are different than meat based street tacos but in a good way. Sweet and spicy shredded seitan tacos with onions, cilantro, avocado and a really nice pepper pineapple ranch sauce. Really, no meat?? Really? You fooled me! Again!!
I’m no expert but it seems that the Seitan, the macrobiotic name for what most folks may recognize as Wheat Gluten, is the secret. Seitan is widely accepted, especially in North America, as a meat substitute. Fred makes his own and does amazing things with it in terms of texture, appearance and flavoring.
It’s the “I Can’t Believe it’s not Meat!” meat substitute.
The U.S. Department of Health recommends going meatless at least one day a week. I recommend you do so by eating at Zombie’s Food Truck!
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