Vegan Girls do it Fresher, even in a Truck!
I tried most of the regular trucks at the teller cluster truck step, but had yet to try “ Seabirds Truck ” because it is Vegan …I know very short sighted of me. I actually really do enjoy vegetarian and vegan dishes, although it is hard to go vegan style when the carnivore trucks are calling my name into the rocks of high cholesterol.
As many of you have read from my posts, I spend a lot of time in restaurants eating and as result spend a lot of time at the gym. I do feel a little guilty after eating a 1 pound burrito sometimes and then slipping away into food coma at my desk at about 2:00 p.m. So what is
the alternative? Give up food trucks? Never! Work out more, yes…but that will only get you so far. The middle ground is eating something a little more healthy at the food truck lot (sometimes). Today I decided to dabble with the healthier side of food trucks and went with “Seabirds Truck” a Vegan “Plant Based” food truck. I really liked the concept of this truck which bases its menu on “healthy, local food that is convenient and fairly priced” (from Seabirds Website). I also like their affinity to sustainability of their ingredients and patronage of local Farmer’s Markets / Orange County organic farms. This food truck offers a seasonal menu and can cater to gluten-free customers.
One of the first things I noticed about the food truck is that it was staffed by an all-girl crew. It also appeared that they were all very fit and living the same life-style that the food truck was promoting. Their appearance lended some credibility, as I would never get a haircut from a bald barber.
As is my usual routine with food trucks, I chat with the people in line and ask them if they have tried the truck before and what is their favorite dish. Everyone in line with me had never tried the Seabirds truck and all shared a similar story of trying all the other food trucks and decided to give this one a try.
When it was my turn I asked the friendly order taker, who was standing outside the truck greeting customers, “So what is good here?” . She told me that the “Beer Battered Avocado Tacos” where really good and where even featured on “Good Morning America”. So I ordered the Avocado Taco and then also went for the inexpensive side item the “Truffled Cauliflower” . My name was called and the dishes are placed in some high quality “box lunch” containers, I was impressed already.
Beer Battered Avocado Tacos
When I opened the first box, I found the Beer Battered Avocado Tacos. The smell wafted up and it was very pleasant aroma of hot avocado, breading and cabbage. The tacos themselves consisted of two corn tortillas, the beer battered avocado quarters, an avocado soy-cream sauce, diced red onion and topped with red cabbage.
Let me first speak the star of this dish, the Avocado. This was a popular
dish,so I watched them preparing it through the window. The first peeled the avocado and quartered it. Next, they coated it in a wet beer-batter and then quickly deep fried it (it smelled great from where I was standing). I almost felt like I was at a healthy version of the O.C. Fair! The soy-based cream sauce was very good as well, I just wished there was more of it. I think it was made by blending avocado and soy-based cream , with a little kick of chili peppers in it to brighten up the flavors.
When I bit into the taco, the light batter was crispy on the tongue and quickly transitioned to creaminess from the warm avocado. The batter was very light on the avocado, just enough to provide a contrasted mouth feel and flavor profile.
I am not sure what type of vegan-oil they use in their deep-fryer, but it was definitely light and didn’t weight down the dish. This dish came with two tacos and they were in my stomach in minutes. This dish gets a 4 out of 5, it would get a higher rating if there was more sauce.
The second goodie box held the Truffled Cauliflower. This dish contained small florets of slightly green cauliflower that appeared to pan fried in a truffle oil on high heat for a short period. The result was a soft yet crunchy cauliflower florets with beautiful toasted marks. In addition the cauliflower was tossed with onions, Italian parsley, garlic and salt.
The execution of the cauliflower was flawless. As I finished off the box of cauliflower, I did detect a little bit of vinegary flavor to the oil on the bottom of the box. I know I am missing a couple ingredients, but I will try to reverse engineer it later in the week as I would like to eat this at home. This dish gets a 4.5 out of 5, a very impressive score considering I am a non-vegan eater.
My Final Thoughts
Overall, I was very impressed by the freshness of the ingredients and the creativity of the dishes. The truck was very clean and the staff did a good job at managing orders and delivery times. This is a tough task when all the food is made fresh to order. My only comment to them is that they should reconsider their use of plastic bowls they use for to-go cupcakes and burrito bowls. After watching the documentary “Bag-it”, I learned that this bowl probably won’t make it to the recycling plant and I am sure they can find an alternative. Although I am not a Vegan, I would come back to this truck often especially when I want a healthier option. I would also challenge the carnivorous dudes to give these food truck ladies a chance, because Vegan Girls do it fresher! I recommend The Seabirds Truck.