Thomas Thong, who’s cooked at the Slanted Door and worked briefly as sous chef at Heaven’s Dog, is teaming up with Alembic bartender Danny Louie to launch TomKat, an Asian food truck. Louie tells SFoodie the partners are already leasing the truck, and they’ve filed an application with S.F.’s Department of Public Works to secure vending rights at three spots: Downtown near 101 California, in South Beach at 185 Berry (near AT&T Park), and in Potrero Hill near Whole Foods.
Thong and Louie, who both grew up in San Francisco and have know each other since they were teens, plan a menu that borrows from different Asian cuisines. “It’s a simple menu,” Louie says, “just our take on a few classics.” That includes banh mi variations (pork with apple and pickled red cabbage; lemongrass beef with pickled carrots and daikon; five-spice braised chicken; vegan meatballs with pickled chiles ― the meats with pâté option). Also: dry vermicelli noodles (vegetarian, pork, beef, or chicken), house-made root chips, and lotus leaf sticky rice (sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf with chicken, Chinese sausage, and mushrooms).
Louie says if all goes well, they should hear from DPW by the third week of April, and should be able to roll out TomKat in the next two months (their truck has already passed a Health Department inspection). And expect to see Thong and Louie at future Off the Grid events ― just before SFoodie got Louie on the phone, he’d been talking with OtG’s Matt Cohen about potential future dates. See how things unfold by following along on Twitter and Facebook.