The Fojol Brothers call themselves “a traveling culinary carnival.” Their fleet of food trucks includes Merlindia, Benethiopia and Volathai, serving Indian, Ethiopian and Thai cuisines respectively. While these three cultures are distinct from one another, all three trucks resemble shiny, metal gypsy caravans. The Fojol brothers dress up in colorful ethnic smocks and turbans and sport mustaches. The result is a hipster gypsy look that is pretty amusing.
This post will focus only on the Volathai truck, but I recently ate at Merlindia, so expect a separate review soon.
Until recently, the Fojol Bros. didn’t accept credit cards. Who carries cash on them nowadays?! Although they do accept cards now, there is a $10 minimum, which meant that I had to order the biggest portion of food (3 dishes for $11) on the day that the truck was around. I had way more food than I needed, but it let me try a variety of dishes.
I got Beef Drunken Noodles, Pineapple Fried Rice and Duck Red Curry served with rice. I got a spork to eat my meal with, which reminded me of elementary school. I found that it was actually a great way to both pick up my meats and scoop up rice and sauces. I think I found a favorite utensil!
The Beef Drunken Noodles were served with thick noodles and bell peppers. I liked the dish a lot, even though it got spicier as I ate it (I’m not a fan of spicy!). The flavor was great and I really loved the texture of the noodles.
Pineapple Fried Rice is a favorite Thai dish of mine. I usually order this, Pad See Ew or Pad Thai when I go to a Thai restaurant. This pineapple fried rice was a vegetarian side version of the dish that I usually get with chicken and shrimp. The Fojol Bros. made this dish their own by adding peas and raisins, the latter of which added another sweet touch to accompany the pineapple. 2 thumbs up for the rice!
The dish that really impressed me was the Duck Red Curry. Food blogging is really difficult because it exacerbates any hunger you have when you are writing. I could really go for some duck red curry right now! The curry was sweet and coconutty, while the duck was soft and chewy. I loved it!
The menu offers meats, veggies, noodles and curries in three size options: dingo bites (a single serving in a small bowl that’s perfect for a snack for $2), pick 2 ($8) and pick 3 ($11). All of the curries are served with jasmine rice. The truck also serves lossipops ($2), which are fruity popsicles inspired by the lassi, a yogurty drink with Indian origins.
My verdict is that the Fojol Brothers make excellent Thai food. Volathai even exceeds some Thai restaurants I’ve been to in terms of quality, flavor and originality. Granted, I usually order the same few dishes, but after this great experience, I will branch out and try new things at Thai restaurants.
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