Food Truck Craze Spreads Here

by Wes Bowers | Milpitas Post

The food truck craze sweeping the Bay Area has come to Milpitas.

Every Monday at 5 p.m., Milpitas’ own Bigg Shrimp’n food truck will open up shop at Dixon Landing Park.

Operated by 28-year-old Milpitas native Viet Nguyen and a handful of friends, the truck is slugged as the Bay Area’s First Shrimp Truck, serving up a variety of shrimp-based Vietnamese dishes.

“It’s great food I’ve eaten all my life,” Nguyen said. “Vietnamese food is something people are liking more and accepting more.”

Growing up in the Dixon Landing Park area, Nguyen thought setting the truck up there was the ideal place to start his business.

Most recently he worked in the software and solar industries. When his contract with a Silicon Valley solar company ended June 1, Nguyen thought about a career change.

His choice was to bring the food he loved to the people of Milpitas.

“I want to grow this small business from Milpitas outward,” he said. “I’m proud to say I’m based in Milpitas, and I want to capture Milpitas before I bring this before the masses.”

Nguyen had soft openings for the Bigg Shrimp’n truck at his home earlier this summer to get feedback from family and friends. So far the results have been positive, and Monday was the grand opening.

He plans to bring the truck to the park every Monday, eventually popping up in other Milpitas neighborhoods.

While other food trucks in the Bay Area may set up in industrial or commercial parking lots, Nguyen is focusing on parks.

“I do see a lot of success in parking lots,” he said. “But I wanted to get into the parks, promote active lifestyles and eating fresh foods.”

Dishes he serves up include shrimp tacos, butterfly shrimp, garlic shrimp and shrimp sandwiches. Daily specials will include shish-kebobs and rice plates as well. Prices range from $3 for a taco and $7 for a sandwich.

Nguyen is not working the truck alone. He has as many as 10 people total working, with five people on two different shifts.

Bigg Shrimp’n will be at the park from 5 to 10 p.m. every Monday.

“I’m working with other trucks right now,” he said. “And my next goal is to get together with them for a meet-up here in Milpitas.”

For more information, visit biggshrimpn.com.

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