This will be a mixed review, starts low and ends high. I know this picture on the left looks like fried chicken with a piece of white bread but it's bread pudding. It was supposed to be chocolate, a debut at the Celebration of Culture, and it was a disaster. I had to tell the truck manager and learned was that there are two BP construction techniques: 1) laying slices of bread and putting seasonings in the middle, and 2) tearing pieces of bread and mixing the seasonings (my preference). Both are soaked. Well, this one wasn't soaked enough because when I put my fork in, I turned over a piece of white bread. Gross! I decided against getting my money back because the other dessert was so good I asked for another instead. The dumpling in the banana leaf was a tastebud happiness consolation prize.
I tried again today at Food Truck Tuesday at the Second Harvest Food Bank. Before I dug in, I had the dreamy shrimp and grits, which could forego those tiny bland (veined) shrimp and just have the sausage and oh my gosh so sweet caramelized onions. My friend is right, calling it sausage and grits wouldn't have the same draw, but I digress.
Today's BP version was a BP with salted caramel sauce. It was just right in its approach and all the flavors were fully integrated, with some herb on top that gave it nice interest. Again, maybe it's my palate, but I didn't taste saltiness in the sauce though I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I'm glad I gave them another chance and also glad that the manager welcomed my constructive criticism.
Sauce: Salted caramel
Ice cream: No
Visited: October 2011 in the parking lot of Second Harvest