Chef Jeremiah's contribution to mobile dining is the Gastropod, which serves a unique menu of asian-influenced food. I caught up with the converted Airstream trailer at a Whole Foods store in Pinecrest one weekend.
In addition to selling food, there was a demonstration of Chef Jeremiah's skills with molecular gastronomy in the making of shake. I couldn't stay to sample it, but it had soy milk, honey and I believe cinnamon in the ingredients. Chef Jeremiah pouring liquid nitrogen into the blender:
And here is Chef Jeremiah wearing the shake after the liquid nitrogen reacts rather explosively with the ingredients!
This is the menu that was on the trailer that day:
On the web site mentioned above, there is a more extensive menu of items available from time-to-time. I got the Old Dirt Dawg, Short Rib Sliders, Banh Mi Tacos and el chinito cubano. Old Dirt Dawg with Stupid Slaw Short Rib Sliders Banh Mi Tacos El Chinito Cubano
I got all of this wrapped-up to-go and brought it home. Like some other gourmet food trucks, the truck menu, the web site and the food aren't always in synch. I read the menu, order the food to go, eat it, enjoy it, but then when I look at the photos I think, "Wait, what's that in there?" The Old Dirt Dawg seemed... mostly ordinary, and maybe missing something? The slaw is a vinegary concoction of red cabbage and red bell pepper. The web site mentions an aged-cheddar fondue with mustard seeds, so maybe something got left out. It was a quality hot dog, and I put some mustard on it. I think they said it was a Hebrew National.
The Short Rib Sliders had the same slaw, and an unidentified sauce. G-pod sauce? I noted that they were using halved hot dog rolls instead of a proper slider bun. These were good.
Banh Mi Tacos are Gastropod's take on what is in the Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich, served in tacos. They had pulled pork, that slaw that was in the other items, cilantro and what is called "spicy japanese mayo." They didn't remind me much of the banh mi I've had from local markets made by little old vietnamese ladies, but they were good.
El Chinito Cubano is spanish for, I believe, "little chinese cuban," and is an asian flavored version of the classic cuban (cubano) sandwich. It has good Benton ham, and the Chef's pork terrine instead of pork roast, and a hoisin-mustard sauce instead of just mustard. This was good, too.
Recommended, and I am going to hunt them down again, although I will inquire about the hot dog! MISO HUNGRY
This truck is more pan-asian, and less fusion than some others, although the miso burger is definitely fusion.
I got the Rendang Beef, the Curry Chicken, the Miso Burger with Crispy Fried Onions and the Chicken Satay. Chicken Satay Miso Burger Curry Chicken
Rendang Rendang Beef
The pork burger was good, although I thought the roll, which I think was a whole-grain ciabbata-style bread, was a little tough for a burger. Looking back at the pictures, I think I might put the slaw in the sandwich, or maybe even the crispy onions, which I gobbled up before I thought of photographing them.
The chicken and beef were good. The beef looks a little dry in the photo because I photographed it when I had it for supper later. I didn't specify which rice, so I think that is the plain steamed rice.
The chicken satay was outstanding. It was perfectly cooked, retaining moistness and with great spicing. I got the peanut sauce for dipping, which was good. MICHAEL'S GENUINE
A great local restaurant has a little food cart that shows up here and there occasionally. It was at the Fall for the Arts festival serving a pork-belly sandwich. Menu For the Day Pork Belly Cooking Assembly Finished Sandwich
I loved this. I'd never had pork belly except in its bacon form before. Unbelievably tender and rich. It got inhaled! And yes, I had the peach iced tea. I sort of chugged that down, because it was so hot out, and didn't really note the details much, although it was tasty. The roll was not what I would call a kaiser roll!
[......more to come]