One of the founders of the Holy Mole Truck is asking for a little Kickstarter help to bring another food truck to Louisville, one whose offerings are unlike just about anything else currently in town: “The concept is a take on two French colonial mash up delicacies, the Vietnamese banh mi sandwich and Canada’s trinity of indulgence, poutine.”
Banh mi, for those not familiar with it, is a traditional French baguette filled with grilled pork, pickled carrots, cilantro and a myriad of other toppings. It is perfect street food fare as it is delicious, not hard on the wallet and represents a gaping hole in our mobile food scene. As a former vegetarian you can best be assured that there will be wonderful vegetarian and vegan options with these sandwiches as well. Poutine… Where to begin? I think the first time I fell in love was 2001 in a parking lot in Montreal. There it was, a ramshackle little food truck (which I now know is a cabanes à patates, I think that literally means potato shack) the smell of freshly cooked fries pouring out, beckoning me. I approached the window, loonies and toonies clutched in my hand, and placed my order. In no time flat I had a paper cup brimming with fresh cut fries covered with gravy, cheese curds and raw onions. It was a game changer for me. I ate nothing but that wonderful confluence the rest of my week through Canada. Some had shredded pork mixed in, others had what I can only describe as the Canadian version on bolognese with sliced sausage. All of them were delicious and I intend to make sure Louisville gets to know this dish very well indeed. So that is my grandiose idea, two former french colonies take on their former, empirical overlord’s cuisine.
Well I’m definitely intrigued enough to support the French Indo-Canada Food Truck project on Kickstarter. That’s a new rule for Louisville Kickstarter watch by the way, I’m only going to write about Kickstarter projects that I’m willing to support with my own dollars. This particular Kickstart project isn’t trying to raise a huge amount of money (their goal is $3,700) and is going toward the truck build. Meaning they already have the trucks and just need to do some work on it to make it street ready and food legal.
Kentucky requires a master plumber to go in and install a triple sink and wash sink which, unfortunately, costs upwards of 2000 dollars. The truck itself runs like a dream but will need a paint job, window, ventilation system installed and a DOT approved bumper as to not have a rear end collision resulting in a propane catastrophe.
I think our growing food truck scene is a very good thing and the more diverse the offerings are the better it is for our city. My only question about this endeavor: will there be vegetarian poutine? If there is I may in fact increase my original pledge amount.