I call it Blue Friday after a crazy week. Too much travel. Too much conflict. Too much clutter. So I’m heading downstairs to grab a Subway six-inch club for lunch (it’s been a long haul, guys) and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a vision of a totally new food truck parked outside the building.
I run upstairs to find Zany. She’s MIA. The story is she got married a couple of weeks ago, and is at Social Security changing her name. Bad timing. I expect she’ll be on line sometime until Saturday afternoon.
Back on the street, I approach the truck with wallet open. Guess what? The food is FREE!
The Malaysia Kitchen Truck is traveling the streets of Manhattan for the next few weeks offering free samples from the best of Malaysian restaurants in the Metro area. As the brochure says, you don’t have to travel 9,400 miles to sample the incredible flavors of Malaysia. That’s a good thing. I’m already jet lagged.
Blue Friday quickly becomes my Friday Fantasy. The truck is serving up fare from Café Asean on 117 West 10th Street, including Mee Udang, a Malay noodle dish with spicy shrimp broth and Beef Rendang, spicy beef with turmeric rice and pineapple. The shrimp broth is briny and tastes like the sea, and the beef is spicy and sweet with bursts of cilantro.
Thumbs up for “Culinary Diplomacy!”
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