It’s the dawn of a new era, well, at least in Gurgaon it is. The food-truck wars have begun. The race for location, food, and promotion is at an all time high. There’s only going to be one winner at the end of it all; you and me (fine that’s a whole lot more than one, but you get the idea), because we are starting to get spoilt for choice and that’s always a good thing.
My latest find in the city is What the Truck? which has recently started serving in the parking behind Mainland China, Sector 29, Gurgaon. Those who are aware of the food options in the area would know that another food-truck, Eggjactly, parks itself right around the corner. While there is an ease for the customers of What the Truck? to park in the open lot, the area around it is slightly messy (not because of them) and it’s favourable to eat inside the car lest you like being bitten by mosquitoes. However, I am aware that this is a constant drawback of roadside eating anywhere and something you have to live with. I do hope that in time we can have a designated place where all the food-trucks assemble together and that would certainly help them with more foot traffic and us with not having to drive around the city.
What the Truck? primarily plays around with Wraps and the occasional Burger and Hot-Dog along with a few side orders. I’m not sure if their menu changes frequently, but the one thing missing from it were any sort of desserts to end the meal. They are limited with their drinks as well, but that seems fine as the focus in this case is on the food.
Although I’m on a personal mission to find good burgers in the city, this time I opted for something different; a little change in life is always good. So, the order consisted of the Chilli Doggie Dog, the Falafel Wrap, a Chic Meatball Sandwich, and Cheese Wedges along with a can of Coke. All this amounted to Rs. 620,- which is certainly keeping in tune with the idea of budget food that most food-trucks are associated with.
I’m going to save the best for last and start with the Chic Meatball Sandwich which had nicely seasoned meatballs in a slightly sweet tomato sauce that had the perfect consistency being not too thin or thick. But, the sandwich is too bready because they use a thick, yet soft, bun that ends up being dry towards the edges. One option would be to have a nice layer of sauce under the meatballs and then again over and letting it rest a little so that the sauce seeps into the bread, or else they can simply use a thinner bread like the one in the Chilli Doggie Dog.
At this point, I’d like to mention that all the items we tried were not at all spicy and that brought out the real flavours of their ingredients. While hotness and spiciness are essential and many favour it, I always find that adding too much of it can destroy the dish altogether. So, although there was a hint of green chillies in the Falafel Wrap, it was something required to take away the otherwise blandness of the dish and give it a much needed kick. Furthermore, the colourful freshness of the ingredients took care of the taste and made this the vegetarian favourite.
The Cheese Wedges which were made without chillies on request are the run-of-the-mill frozen potato wedges, but the melted cheese on top makes it one of those comfort bites. However, I think the market is still wide open for someone to try and make their own hand-cut thick fries which agreeably are a little work, but in return will be appreciated a lot more, and I for one wouldn’t mind paying a little extra for them. They can then be seasoned better as well and made into a signature dish.
And now for the highlight of the evening, the crème-de-la-crème of the meal; the Chilli Doggie Dog is full of wonderful flavours that just light up the insides of the mouth and make you cherish each and every bite because your heart and mind are confused as they know that the more you eat, the closer you get to finishing it, and that’s not a happy thought. The bun is perfectly cooked, not too soft with just the right crunch that works beautifully with the meaty flavour of the chicken frankfurter and the heavenly mutton korma that is generously spread on top. I’m lost for any more words of praise, so if you live anywhere nearby, you have to try this, and it’s as simple as that. I’ll go out on a limb here and suggest that you can also try their Keema Pao and Mutton Keema Wrap for I’m guessing they use the same “gravy” for these as they do for the Doggie Dog.
What the Truck? certainly adds positively to the growing culture of taking a passionate interest in food and it being about not just making money but providing a service that is unique and appreciated. There’s a more personal approach to the food here, a more direct link between the customer and the owners of the trucks and of course the novelty value is always a plus.
Now, while I slip back into a Doggie Dog Dream, you try your best and make plans to visit What the Truck?