I love food trucks! They are fun. They are trendy. They are a casual way to enjoy delicious food. And they offer convenience. I also love them because they bring us a fantastic variety of eats – both savory and sweet. For the most part- I feel that most food truck owners are adventurers at heart. They are not afraid to think outside the box and experiment with flavors and fusions. They thrill their diners who are also adventure-seekers like them. And those diners in turn show their love for the food trucks by chasing them (based on their weekly schedule) and then waiting in long lines to get what they crave.
One such food truck is Hapa in Stamford. And luckily for me, they come to my office complex every Wednesday afternoon in spring & summer. Hapa is, in the owners’ own words – “American street food fused with Asian Pacific cuisine”. You may wonder what to expect when you read a description like that. And frankly, I was not sure if I loved the food when I first tasted it last year. It was different. Yet familiar. A fusion of an unusual sort. Unusual – simply because there are not too many places that serve these flavor profiles.
But I have to say that this food truck has grown on me… and now I can safely say that HAPA makes me HAPPY!
Are you still unsure if you want to give HAPA a try? Well, then …. just check out the picture on their home page… and LOOK at that SCRUMPTIOUS HAPA BURGER…. slathered with melted cheese….. oozing juiciness … You want one, right? 🙂 I knew it! Now, notice the purple bun? Yep! Its made with Ube (a purple yam – loved by all Filipinos ). I was a bit taken aback by its color the first time I had it – but it kinda grew on me.
The tacos on the menu come in three popular flavors : Korean Short ribs were the most-flavorful to me and they seem to be the most loved by all HAPA fans. I love how these tacos are loaded with filling of meat or vegetables…. Two tacos of any kind are going to fill you up substantially.
But, wait! This menu also offers rice bowls! How interesting and how unexpected, I thought. So recently I tried the crispy cauliflower rice bowl. A very unusual flavor composition. It make for a good lunchtime option. The cauliflower was delicious. The slaw nice and crunchy.
Ahhhh! but my favorite thing on this menu is a side that comes with most menu items – the rice – which is topped with furikake seasoning. I LOVE that seasoning – and I love what delicately wondrous things it does to plain rice. Furikake is a dry Japanese seasoning made with dried fish, seaweed and sesame seeds. Let me just say, YUM!!!
The side of crispy Brussel Sprout Salad is served with pico de gallo and papaya seed dressing. The slice of lime just perks up all the flavors, It was quite delicious and offers a good veggie-fix. Although the Furikake Fries are what most people simply cannot resist. I had them last year when the truck used to come to my office… and I can’t wait to order them again.
Follow HAPA Food Truck on social media to know exactly where to find them each day. They also cater. All details at: http://www.hapafoodtruck.com