Last Wednesday we went to Off the Grid Food truck event in El Cerrito. It was really good overall. Here is what we ate:
Ceviche of the day (red snapper) from Ceviche & Co. Really excellent! Refreshing fresh fish with an interesting mixture of herbs and spices (I tasted coriander and Epazote) . A generous serving served with crunchy chips.
A couple of things from Bacon Bacon. This place has been featured on check please. First we got the Bacon Banh-mi. I‘ve enjoyed bacon Banh-mi inspired sandwiches at home. But this was a miss. When I bit into the sandwich my senses were hit by a musty-fungal off flavor. I suspect that it was from the carrots. In addition to bacon there were pork patties in the sandwich. The patties were mushy and flavorless. The whole thing was so unpleasant to eat that I took it back. The vendor was very apologetic and nice and offered me something else from the menu. I got the bacon grilled cheese. I really wanted to like it because the vendor was nice, but it was also a miss. The brioche bread was not especially well toasted and mushy (maybe they were having equipment issues). The cheese was generous but bland and smothered the bacon. The bacon jam was just there. After a couple bites we stopped eating.
Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya from Southern Comfort Kitchen. Very good. Had good creole flavors. Only complaint is that the chicken we got was breast meat and somewhat dry. Would have been better with thigh meat.
Short Rib Koja from KoJa Kitchen. For me Korean fusion street food often does not end up tasting as good as it sounds. But this was great. Tender short rib meat in a sandwich of rice patties. Really good.
Goat curry from Scotch Bonnet Jamaican Food. Excellent! Our favorite of the savory dishes we tried. The goat meat was perfectly moist and had a very good depth of flavor. The curry was spicy and flavorful. Delicious.
By this time we were full but my husband was intrigued by the sweet options at one of the trucks so we finished with:
Chomporado (Filipino chocolate rice pudding topped with ice cream) at Frozen Kuhsterd. WOW! We were almost going to forgo dessert because we don’t have the biggest sweet tooth and I tend to be extremely picky about desserts. Boy, are we glad that we didn’t. Delicious. Not overly sweet. Creamy with a depth of flavor: Caramel, chocolate. Perfect balance of warm and cool temperatures. A perfect way to end the meal.
Overall I was very I impressed with the food and looking forward to going back. Perhaps if there is interest I will organize a Chowdown there this summer.