*Update: The truck is now located at Bute and Alberni. The menu has also changed and the shao bing is unfortunately no longer available*
Le Tigre is a new food truck that is located at Alberni and Thurlow. They have been operating at the Richmond Night Market all summer, but they have a different menu at their new truck location. They serve contemporary Chinese cuisine that is made street food friendly.
The Food Network Canada show, Eat Street, a show that films street eats from around the world, contacted me and asked me if I would like to come out to Le Tigre’s opening day and be filmed and interviewed for a segment of the show. As someone who is a big fan of the show and a lover of street eats, I was so excited to have this opportunity. Sean from Sean’s Adventures in Flavour Town was also at the shoot and he kindly took some behind the scenes pictures of me being filmed.
I ordered a combo, which is a great deal because you get a sandwich, a side, and a drink for $9 (a side on its own is $6). For my drink I chose the plum green iced tea.
The plum green iced tea was slightly sweet with hints of tartness. It had a good balance of flavours and it was refreshing. I enjoyed the subtle plum flavour because it made the drink different from most other iced teas.
For my main I ordered the pork belly shao bing. You have the option of choosing beef, chicken or pork, but I have a weakness for pork belly, so I always end up ordering it.
Shao bing is a crispy, flakey, layered Chinese flatbread that is topped with sesame seeds. I’ve never had it before, but I thought it made a great bun for the sandwich and I loved the flakey texture. If you let it sit for too long it starts to fall apart because it’s so light, so try to eat it right away.
The juicy, fatty, pork belly pieces inside were incredibly tender. The sandwich was also filled with mixed greens, bean sprouts, pickled cucumber, fried shallots, basil, and a creamy mayo sauce. All of the veggies were fresh and crunchy and there were punches of flavour from the fresh basil. All in all, this was one tasty sandwich.
For my side I got the brussels sprouts and cauliflower salad.
The brussels sprouts and cauliflower were crispy and they were tossed with lemon vinagrette, chilis, capers, and fresh basil and cilantro. Each bite was bursting with fresh herb flavour and a tang from the lemon. Who knew brussels sprouts could be so delicious?
I enjoyed my meal at Le Tigre and I think a combo for $9 is amazing value. The food is so full of flavour and they have unique items I’ve never seen at another food truck. Being filmed eating my food was an interesting and fun experience and look out for me on the next season of Eat Street!
Yes, for modern Chinese street eats.