There are several food trucks that stop by my workplace for lunch – pretty much a different one everyday. However, I haven’t actually tried many of them because I usually bring my own lunch. Last week, though, I had the chance to try out one of my lab’s favorite trucks – Hoangie, the banh mi food truck.
The truck had a super cute “Banh mi on wheels” cartoon. They also posted photos of the menu items, which I always appreciate. You can also view their online menu here.
The different sandwiches had very cute names, such as Hoangie Moo (marinated pepper steak), Hoangie Doodle-do (garlic marinated chicken breast), Hoangie Oink (sweet marinated pork shoulder), etc. I chose the Hoangie Oink with a fried egg ($1 extra for the egg).
The sandwich was pretty big – more than enough for a meal for me (although I ate the whole thing anyway…). The baguette was slathered with an aioli + French butter mix, which was amazing. Veggies included cucumbers, pickled carrots and daikon radish, sliced jalapenos, and cilantro – all very fresh and added a nice crunch to the sandwich. The meat wasn’t like any grilled pork I’ve had in bahn mi – it was more of a sweet-marinated pulled pork. It was really delicious, though, and went well with all the toppings, in particular the perfect fried egg.
This, along with Tabe BBQ and Mr. Pig’s BBQ, definitely served one of my favorite food truck meals in San Diego so far. In fact, strangely enough, the pork in Hoangie’s banh mi and Tabe’s burritos taste very similar – my labmates also concurred with me, so maybe we just like the sweet-marinated Asian-style pulled pork. Haha. The only thing I’d pick a bone about is the price tag. While $8 is typical food truck price, it’s pretty expensive for a banh mi, especially compared to the $3 price tag on the banh mi at K Sandwiches. I do understand that Hoangie is trying to use better ingredients, so maybe the comparison doesn’t hold. Still, though, I rarely shell out $10 for lunch, so this might be an occasional treat for me.
Hoangies – Banh Mi on Wheels
Schedule on website