Bangkok Food Truck shows that you don't have to sacrifice food quality and service!
by Monica Beach
November 21, 2018
I’d been hearing about a bright yellow food truck located near my house for months before finally having the chance to stop by one afternoon for a late lunch. The Bangkok Food Truck is located off Lake City Way in the parking lot of a Shell gas station on 130th Street. Its paint scheme is hard to miss and its food so captivating that I came back for a second time soon after.
A friendly host/waiter/cook (no surprise here) took my order of tofu pad see ew and beef curry puffs and quickly got to work. The trailer can certainly accommodate multiple staff but, as I found out later, he’s usually the only one there during the day shift. He was a bit busy so we didn’t have time to chat.
It was a beautiful day so I sat on a concrete wall towards the back of the trailer. There is a canopy set up with portable tables and chairs which is perfect for the unpredictable Seattle weather. As I waited, I heard the unmistakable clanging and sizzle of wok frying and began to smell the lovely scent of garlic.
Growing up in a small, rural town in Hawaii, I didn’t have a lot of exposure to Thai food and other cuisines. When I moved to Oregon, and later to Washington, Thai food resonated with me. I’m always looking for places to try and it’s been a delicious ride so far!
As expected from places like this, the meal was much more than what I could finish in one sitting. The freshness of the carrots, broccoli, basil in the pad see ew was in perfect balance with the savory garlic, soy, and eggs. I’ve heard that in other parts of the country, egg is not common in pad see ew but it’s one of my favorite things about the dish!
The beef curry puffs came with 4 pieces fried crisp, unlike other soggy versions I’ve had at other places. Each piece had a satisfying crunch on the outside and a soft, savory filling on the inside. The mild curry was distinctive and had the flavor of a stew my mom used to make when I was a little girl. I have a lifetime of memories tied to food experiences that continue to define me as an adult. I’m often taken aback when those memories are triggered by a simple act of eating lunch.
I excitedly came back to the trailer again for dinner service. This time it was rainy and cold. The owner saw me coming and by the time I arrived at the window he was handing me a warm cup of tea. Food truck here definitely doesn’t mean lack of hospitality!
I chatted with him about my previous visit and asked him for a recommendation about what I should order this time. He asked about the things I had before and recommended the Pad Kee Mao. This spicy noodle dish is similar to what I had last time but is also distinctive from the pad see ew. Additional veggies like bell peppers and onions brightened up the dish while the extra chili brought a spiciness and warmth that was pleasant and welcoming in the downpour.
As with my last visit, I was unable to finish the dish and had to save it for later. Great taste and good portions at a reasonable price is something I’m always looking for!
Bangkok Food Truck seems to have a loyal neighborhood following, evident by the stream of customers stopping to pick up food on their way home. They’re open Monday through Saturday from 11am-8pm and it’s a cash only business so be sure to stop by an ATM.