Street Food City III – Jan 22 – 26

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January 22 – 26
11am – 3pm Wednesday through Friday
11am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday

North Plaza, Vancouver Art Gallery

FREE ENTRY

Returning for a third year, Street Food City III; Vancouver’s original street food gathering, is your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location. This was a huge success the last two years and now it’s back again!! BTents, tables, seating and music make for a festive mid-winter outdoor festival! Gather and feast on delicious food prepared by over 15 of Vancouver’s food truck vendors.

Special Dine Out Vancouver Festival creations and pricing will be available.

Eat Chicken Wraps – Mouthgasm of Epic Proportions

chicken wraps food cart
chicken wraps food cart

Eat Chicken Wraps is a fairly new food cart hanging outside the open patio on Robson Square. Bringing in their Chinese cultural background and marrying it with multicultural inspirations in Canada, the husband/wife duo, Dan and Sammy, have created fusion menu that focuses on wraps, rolls, and hotdogs.

Based on the pictures and the name of the cart, I’ve skipped past the cart a few times thinking that it wouldn’t be unique – Chinese people making wraps? Didn’t sound like a winner to me.
Well, I got an invitation to try their more Asian-inspired dishes, the Hoisin Chicken Roll and the Kung Pao Chicken Wrap, and left impressed!

I received the Hoisin Chicken Roll ($7) first. It consisted of “crispy Chinese pancake, five spice chicken, Asian salad, pickled radish, green onions, and hoisin sauce”. The brilliance of this wrap is the fact that they use a Chinese pancake as the wrap instead of pita! This totally changes everything.

Hoisin Chicken Roll
Hoisin Chicken Roll

Not only was it a great idea to use a Chinese pancake (like the kind used in Taiwanese beef onion pancake rolls), theirs was amazingly crispy and not crazy oily. If you’ve tried the beef rolls from places like Wang’s Beef Noodle House or Beefy Beef, you’ll probably know what I mean by oily beef rolls.

Fantastic pancake, I would just eat it on its own! The hoisin sauce was good; it wasn’t too salty or too bland, which means they used the good Asian stuff. While the salad in the roll wasn’t anything amazing, it added freshness to the whole roll and added even more crunch. The five spice chicken had a nice grill taste to it and was very tender.

The Kung Pao Chicken (2 for $7) was not bad. It didn’t impress me as much as the Hoisin Chicken Roll.

It had chicken, kungpao sauce, sesame chilli oil, and more on iceberg lettuce. I really liked the little fried bits of noodles. It added a nice crunch and texture that isn’t typically found in Asian lettuce wraps. Besides that though, there wasn’t much flavour that I could really make out besides the sesame chilli oil (it was a bit on the spicy side!).

Kung Pao Chicken Wrap
Kung Pao Chicken Wrap

Eat Chicken Wraps also has a ‘secret’ menu item for their social media followers – the Poutine Al Pastor (7$). I highly recommend this one!

It’s a poutine with the toppings found in their Al Pastor Chicken Wrap: Mexican roasted chicken, pico de galio, guacamole, grilled pineapple, cilantro, lime juice, lettuce, and onions. In other words, a mouthgasm of epic proportions!

Poutine
Poutine Al Pastor

The fries were good nice and crispy, but the toppings really made this poutine stand out. It’s a pretty huge poutine and it’s bang on delicious. I loved the guacamole sauce they put on this!

If you’re in the area, definitely try them out. They’re one of the few food carts that actually stay late enough to serve dinner (they’re there seven days a week from 11am-9pm, which means that you can grab a delicious Hoisin Chicken Wrap after a heavy session of dancing at the Robson Square Dance or after work!

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Re-Up Food Cart – Signature Pulled Pork Burger

A popular food cart in downtown that features pulled pork burgers. It’s rich and very filling. Overall, this was very good however, after 5 generous bites I started to feel sick. We all agreed it was very saucy making the buns a bit soggy. If you are a meat lover I definitely recommend visiting Re-Up food cart.

Re-Up food cart pulled pork

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Japa Dog – Past it’s Prime?

Hot Dog stand Food Cart – Past it’s prime

Food Persuasion Level : [rating=3]
Value: [rating=2]
Service : [rating=3]
Ambiance: [rating= outside]
Price: $
Cuisine: Food Cart
Location: Downtown Vancouver, BC
Japa Dog

Japadog’s famous fries have been receiving so much hype, “it’s the best in Vancouver”, ” awwww it’s better than Mc’D’s”.  We decided to research the accuracy of these testimonials.

Japa Dog Menu
Japa Dog Menu

No complaints on the price $2.39  a container. It might have been due to the hype that raised my expectations to an unachievable standard but, what is the big deal with these famous fries? Kentucky Fried Chicken’s tastes better than this. Of course KFC’s fries are basked in chicken fat. mmmm… If you do end up ordering the fries, I recommend the wasabe mayo.

Japa Dog & Famous Fries
Japa Dog & Famous Fries

We ended up splitting the tonkatsu Dog-5.95. Hint of sweet plum sauce, as far as dogs go this was pretty decent. Now for the price at $6 a pop, it is expensive. That being said, it is an iconic Vancouver food cart, so you give it try.

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