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Mogu Japanese Street Eats – Vancouver

Jul 2014

Located on the corner of Howe and Dunsmuir Streets in Vancouver’s downtown, Mogu’s mobile cart offers affordable, quick, delicious food-on-the-go. Open from 11:30am to 2:30pm Tuesday through to Friday, Mogu’s cute little food cart, with its funky design and upbeat staff, specialises in gourmet-quality Japanese Street Eats.

The menu is pretty simple and limited to just a few items (a handful of Japanese sandwiches and one chicken dish), which is the way it really should be for a food truck. As a result, the Mogu’s team are able to get their meals out fast and focus on the dishes they do well.

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While the sandwiches are reliably good, I can’t recommend the food trucks signature dish, the chicken karaage highly enough. It’s fresh, flavourful and at $7 (for a rather big tub) it is sure to hit the spot. From just one bite you’ll instantly see (more like taste) why Mogu’s chicken karaage is often hailed as the best in the city.

The bite size pieces of chicken have a wonderful taste and texture. They’re hot, juicy, deep fried and deliciously marinated in a home made sweet chili sauce. They’re also perfectly crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. This is a dish that will certainly keep you coming back for more, time and time again.

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Since there really is no option to sit down near the food cart, I suggest walking a block or so over to the Vancouver Art Gallery where there are a number of benches, as well as the gallery’s steps and front lawn to sit on and enjoy your Mogu lunchtime treats.

Mogu is one of the best food trucks I’ve come across in downtown Vancouver and a place that I will certainly be returning to. So keep it in mind if you ever find yourself craving some chicken karaage, or if you’re simply hungry and in the area. I assure you, you will not be disappointed.

Posted by Jess Fleming

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Eat Chicken Wraps – Vancouver

Jun 2014

With delicious, quick and exciting street fare it’s no wonder that Eat Chicken Wraps is often hailed as one of the best food trucks in all of Vancouver.

Therefore, when you turn up to Eat Chicken Wraps’ unassuming food truck, which stands on the corner of Robson and Howe Street from Monday through to Saturday, you can expect to be fed some of the tastiest food in town.

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Like their name suggests, Eat Chicken Wraps specialises in chicken wraps. Not just your standard chicken wraps however, which can at times be both bland and soggy but rather delicious, fresh tasting wraps packed with flavour.

Although the menu is on the small side, it does boast a selection of international options to choose from: buffalo chicken wraps, chicken caesar wraps, “kung pao” chicken lettuce wraps, chicken al pastor wraps, and the food truck’s signature dish, the hoisin chicken wrap.

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At $7 the hoisin chicken wrap, is an inexpensive and great tasting eat! It is light, flavoursome and filled with a delicious mixture of five spiced organic chicken, Asian salad, pickled radish, green onion, and hoisin sauce. It is a truly winning combination!

While the hoisin chicken filling is exceptionally good, it must be said that it is the actual wrap itself that sets it apart from the others on offer. Instead of using your typical tortilla, the chefs at Eat Chicken Wraps roll the hoisin flavoured chicken in a crispy Chinese pancake. A unique and delectable way to package this lunchtime (or dinnertime) treat.

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The Eat Chicken Wraps food truck, which is owned and run by husband-and-wife duo Dan and Sammy is the perfect spot to grab a quick bite to eat in Vancouver’s Downtown, especially if you find yourself shopping along Robson Street. What’s also great about the food truck’s location is that there are a whole heap of benches nearby, where you can sit and enjoy your wrap.

Go on, try these wraps for yourself when you’re in the area, you will not be disappointed!

Posted by Jess Fleming

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