By Ayana Wilson | Columbus Underground
It’s finally here. Its murmurings are faint, but if you stand completely still, and are completely quiet, you’ll feel its presence – Spring. Flower buds are pushing through the cracks in the pavements, birds are again chirping loudly at inappropriate hours of the morning, and food trucks are all gussied up and ready to serve hungry hibernators. This year, there’s no shortage of mobile restaurants each with its own individual spin on the food we all crave. Here’s a look at some of the newer ones you can enjoy while you soak up Spring’s stingy rays:
Mai Chau Truck
Scott and Ashley Wilkins are adventurers. A few years ago, they spent six months travelling around Southeast Asia sampling the people, foods and cultures these nations had to offer. They “fell in love with everything about Vietnam”, and after living and teaching there for close to two years, they returned home to start an adventure of an entirely different variety: food trucking. They bought their truck in July 2012, and less than a year later, are open and offering customers the finest in Vietnamese street food. From the Pork Banh Mi, a delicious sandwich of slow roasted sriracha pulled pork, pickled daikon radish and carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, jalapenos and spicy mayo all served on a soft French baguette, to the Fresh Spring Rolls filled with vermicelli rice noodles, shrimp, vegetables, mint, cilantro, and chives hand-rolled in rice paper and served with a can’t-get-enough spicy peanut sauce, Mai Chau’s small menu is still sure to satisfy. They also offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, and plan to expand their menu as the weather and patronage picks up. Mai Chau can usually be found around Ohio State’s many Medical Centers daily from 11am-2pm, most especially the Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza located at 2050 Kenny Road and the Eye and Ear Institute at 915 Olentangy River Rd. To track the adventure, follow them at www.facebook.com/MaiChauTruck.
Street food is here to stay, further evidenced by the emergence of these new mobile restaurants. Whether you’re into grandma’s comfort food, international cuisine, or good ole fashioned American grub, there’s a truck with your name on it. So get out there and eat – Spring demands it!