Last winter Craig LaBan wrote an article about different food trucks around town, most I had visited or at least heard of but one truck mentioned was totally new to me- the Vegan Truck on Temple’s campus. This struck serves Asian style vegetables and soy proteins. Looking at the menu, it seemed that the fully loaded “hot pot” was the best way to check out how the truck handles their different non meat products.
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College Kid and Squirrel Approved- Bulgogi Kimchee Cheese Fries from Sammy Chon’s KTown Express Truck
I was unaware, but Sammy Chon opened a truck on Temple’s campus in April. The menu is an abbreviated version of their other locations, including appetizers, Korean burritos, Korean tacos, and Korean hoagies. I figured since I was on a college campus, I might as well get real college with it and order the fully loaded meaty, cheese fries.
A year ago, the ladies behind the Simply Yummy truck at Temple University stuck to the traditional campus staples- hamburgers, cheesesteaks, fries, etc. Then they started offering occasional Asian inspired specials that quickly became popular. That menu expanded from an occasional wonton soup, to an official section of the menu including grilled lemongrass chicken and pork either over rice or in banh mi.
Around Temple University, lunch is best spent at a food truck. Beyond that, the campus is stuck with sad Chinese food places and bad pizza. Rachel’s Nosherie and Koja Grille are the main exceptions to that.
Plaza Pizza is one of those not so great pizza joints. But, among the regular sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and salads, one of their menu items is actually a hidden treasure.
Two buszes opened on campus this year on Temple’s campus catering to undergraduate cravings, the Cheese Busz and the Burger Busz. They park close to each other on 13th Street. I am not quite sure why 2 buses were needed for menus that are pretty basic, but it probably helps cut down on lines.
Temple Gets Comfort Food from the Vernalicious Truck (Including Griddled Mac & Cheese Topped With Pulled Pork)
The row of trucks along Montgomery Street on Temple Campus is home to at least half a dozen trucks that specialize in things like chicken cheesesteaks. The recent addition of the Vernalicious truck brings instead comfort foods and not a cheesesteak in sight. Verna, a former optician, and her boyfriend Dave are the friendly couple behind the truck, and they have a good sense of what the people want. One important thing to know before you go over: whether or not they can even bring their truck out on a particular day and what foods they have to offer completely depends on their food suppliers, whose schedule isn’t completely finalized yet. So be sure to check on Twitter or Facebook to see if they will be out before heading over.
One year ago, Munchies opened on the Temple Campus to deliver late night food to hungry college students. Now, they still deliver, or you can pick up from their home base- a trailer on Norris Street. Looking at the online menu of college munchie inspired burger and chicken sandwiches (all $5-7), like the Natural Disaster with steak, chicken, fries, cheez whiz, more cheese, and fried onion, I felt inspired to be bad. I decided to BYO- build my own (they call it that, I didn’t make it up).