Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dim Sum Truck

Foodie friends, there's a new truck in town. Everyone, say hello to The Dim Sum Truck. The Dim Sum Truck has yet to officially launch but got its start in the VIP Lounge of the LA Street Food Fest and has been slowly rolling out ever since with private tastings and afternoons at the T-Lofts, which is where I got a taste.

The brainchild of USC alum Alex Chu ('09), the Dim Sum Truck is the product of a BA in Entrepreneurship (and International Relations), an interest in the restaurant business, a love of dim sum and an acknowledgment of the hellish drive time required for most Angelenos to get to any delicious dim sum.

I've been dying to try their food ever since I first heard about them and was glad to get to visit before the crowds of hungry dim sum-lovers descend upon it!

Dim Sum Truck

The Dim Sum Truck has its dim sum pre-made for them and steams them fresh in the truck since, as Alex said, "I don't know how to make this!"

Dim Sum Truck

Pork and Shrimp Shu Mai ($2.50) are dim sum staples, and these were delicious. Moist and wonderfully flavorful, it was love at first bite.

The secret sauce was also a nice touch, adding a sweet and spicy kick.

Pork and Shrimp Shu Mai @ Dim Sum Truck

The har gow (shrimp dumpling, $2.50) was also great--fresh, tender and everything I hoped it would be! Again, the secret sauce's tang played nicely off the mild flavor of the dumpling.

Shrimp Har Gow @ Dim Sum Truck

The last dumpling we sampled was the shrimp and chive dumpling ($2.50). I would have liked just a little more shrimp in these, but, overall, they were wonderfully plump and had great flavor.

Chive and Shrimp Dumpling @ Dim Sum Truck

The BBQ Pork Bun ($3) was the only dish that wasn't a home run for me. The buns weren't as hot as they should have been and had a low filling to bun ratio. Also, the buns weren't as sweet as those I'm used to ordering off of rickety dim sum carts.

Baked BBQ Pork Buns @ Dim Sum Truck

Finally, we ordered the Lotus Sesame Balls ($2.50). With the crunchy sesame seeds on the outside and the delicious, sweet filling on the inside, every bite was full of wonderful flavors and texture contrasts.

Lotus Sesame Ball @ Dim Sum Truck

I'm glad to see that the Dim Sum Truck went the traditional route with most of its dishes; good dim sum doesn't need a "twist"...it just needs to be devoured.

The Dim Sum Truck will also serve specials such as a Spicy Tofu Mulita (inspired by La Taquiza, a favorite among USC Trojans) and a Peking Duck Taco.

The Dim Sum Truck serves delicious food of a great quality at a great price. I'm also glad to see a Trojan who graduated in '09 working. Let's keep it that way: visit the Dim Sum Truck.

The Dim Sum Truck

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  1. I notice there are no prices here or on their web site. How much did these babies set you back?

  2. Dumplings are $2.50, Buns are $3.00, Sides (turnip cake and sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf) are $3.00, the Sesame Ball is $2.50, and their egg tart is $1.50.

    Not sure what their specials will run, but I'm sure they'll be similarly reasonably well-priced.

    So, all in all, this lunch didn't set me back very much at all!