I love to translate foreign words, especially foreign names, to see what they mean. The website says YimYam translates “smile.” Google a translation of YimYam from Thai to English and you find “[to be] sincere, honest, genuine.” I can tell you that spot-on, first impressions are that this translation applies equally well to the owners, Kham Phommahaxay and Daniel Hwi, and to their food. The menu is Thai inspired or, as the truck says, Thai Fusion. They deliver on their desire to serve delicious Thai dishes that are unique but still familiar to the taste buds.
We caught up with Yim Yam Truck in Cleburne, TX with several other trucks serving up great food truck fare at The Support the Sound Food Truck Bash. While the menu may vary seasonally, the menu today looked like this:
In fairness, YIMYAM caught the short straw because their food would travel so we took home dinner. Oh, we tasted it fresh and hot but trust me, this food travels home (even if it’s a few hours later) just fine! First impressions are that the portions are generous while the ingredients are fresh, high quality and prepared by someone who knows what they’re doing. And he does … The culinary genius behind YIMYAM is Kham, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, sometimes inspired by Daniel who brings a little of his Malaysian heritage.
It might not be true for everyone, but we split a Curry Porky and a pair of Fire Balls. Add a serving of Thai Slaw and we were completely satisfied.
The Fireball, a panko coated and deep fried rice ball, is crispy on the outside and moist inside, big as a handball (almost 2″ in diameter) and it delivers a progression of textures and flavors that’s sure to please. For a fire-eater like me, the name Fireball is overstated but there’s definitely some ‘heat’ in these tasty morsels. And while you might be able to stuff one in your mouth whole, DON”T! Take more bites and spread out the enjoyment!!
YIMYAM offers the Beefy Brisket and the Nutty Chick but today’s choice was the Curry Porky. It may not sound like fine dining but the Green Curry pork and Thai Slaw drizzled with a spicy mayo sauce served over perfectly steamed white rice would sell for way more served up on fancy white china. Personally, I prefer to pay for the food; not the plate!
I’m looking forward to eating with Kham and Daniel again so I can sample more of the menu. First impressions are important and my first impression was a good one. After a single visit, I have some new translations for YIMYAM:
YIMYAN means FRIENDLY, and Kham and Daniel are as friendly as you’ll find.
YIMYAM means YUM, at least that’s how I feel after my first experience with Thai Fusion the YIMYAM way.
And it may be taking some liberties, but I’m pretty sure you could also translate YIMYAM as Eat, Smile, Repeat … I did with each bite.