Open Face Korean Sandwich & A Bonus Doughnut From Vendy Cup Nominee Cinnamon Snail
Judging by the massive line greeting me at the Cinnamon Snail truck’s weekly stop in the Financial District on Tuesday, a lot of you are fans. Thus, it’s no surprise that they’ve been nominated for this year’s Vendy Cup to be given out at the Vendy Awards on September 15 on Governor’s Island. I’ve only eaten at the truck once but really enjoyed my five spice seitan sandwich. As you may or may not know, the truck serves nothing but vegan lunches and baked goods, but unless you have some irrational fear of fake meats, you shouldn’t let that scare you away. My second trip to the truck netted an open-faced sandwich of sorts and a doughnut. Would my second vegan lunch be as good as the first one?
This time I went with a Korean seitan sandwich ($8), although I’ve got to say I really wanted to try the weekly special of a general tso’s seitan on baguette. The Korean seitan wasn’t so much a sandwich as some sort of hybrid between a flatbread pizza and a wrap. Not that that’s a bad thing, but just be prepared to eat this with a fork or get very messy trying to eat it with your hands.
There was a pile of seitan drizzled with Korean red pepper sauce, atop a pile of greens and kimchi with some chili butter spread on the grilled wrap which was delicious. The best part of my lunch was after I’d eaten enough of the topping off that I could sort of tear off hunks of the wrap and eat them.
Next up was my dessert of a s’mores doughnut ($3). Really, you could make an awesome lunch here just on the sweet and savory baked goods. Gluten-free, raw foods, vegan, they’ve got it all covered. If you’re looking for one of the oversized, indulgent behemoths from Doughnut Plant, this isn’t it but it’s just enough sweet to get you through the afternoon without putting you in a coma.
I’m not sure if there’s a miss on the Cinnamon Snail sandwich menu because I haven’t tried all of them, but I really enjoyed the two that I have tried. It will be interesting to see how they fare at the Vendy Awards since they are the only “new school” truck nominated for the Vendy Cup, and are up against some very meaty competition.