What’s a Foowich? Visit the Foo Truck and Just Go with It

Today, Luncher John is in the streets eating at a most colorful food truck.

One of the most attractive food trucks roaming the streets of Philadelphia is the Foo Truck. The truck’s bright blue hue with purple flowers and orange “FOO” sign are unmistakable when it makes its rounds at Love Park, Northern Liberties and elsewhere in town. Just as distinct are the combination of Asian-themed flavors served up in its uniquely-named foowiches.

The big question patrons have when they order is, “What’s a foowich?” Essentially, a foowich is a mixture of ingredients such as meat, rice, vegetables and spices wrapped up in a tortilla that’s neatly folded, toasted and grilled. It’s not at all messy and easy to hold and eat. At first glance, because of the rather square dimensions of about 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches, the foowich may not seem like it would be a substantial meal. Factor in the thickness of about 2 inches and the tightly packed ingredients inside, however, and the foowich surprisingly fills you up.

First up for tasting was the Braised Meatball Foowich ($7.00), an all-ground beef meatball mixed with ginger, garlic and other spices, combined with cabbage and jasmine rice. One bite, and you immediately taste the explosive flavor of the meatballs and other ingredients. It’s just plain delicious.

Looking for a vegetarian selection, I tried the Thai Curry Quinoa Foowich ($6.00). This foowich has green curry, coconut milk, chickpeas, roasted eggplant and zucchini. Thanks to the spice of the green curry, there’s some serious kick in this foowich. The Foo Truck aims to create Asian street food flavors, and this foowich certainly evokes the cuisine.

Of course, after eating a spicy foowich, you should immediately eat a sweet dessert to balance out the taste. The Red Velvet Cakeball ($1.50) fits the bill. The cakeball is basically a ball of red velvet cake covered with chocolate if red velvet cake covered with chocolate and refrigerated. It’s every bit as good as it sounds, though it would be even better if the serving size was larger.

You can generally find the Foo Truck at Love Park on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as most mobile food truck gatherings and festivals. Until the truck schedules more regular stops on the other days of the week, follow the Foo Truck on Facebook or Twitter to find out where to try a foowich.

THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)
· Foowiches have fantastic flavor and are surprisingly filling
· Portable and not messy
· Friendly staff

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)
· Limited menu of only four or five sandwiches
· Appearance schedule for beyond Love Park varies widely
· The cakeball could be a little bit bigger.

Foo Truck, Love Park, 35th and Market,  and other locations, check website for updates


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