Photo courtesy of Gourm-Asian Bistro
There’s a new food truck hitting the streets this week – actually there are several – but for now, we’re talking about Gourm-Asian Bistro.
The truck will be out for service during a quiet opening this week, and then going all out with a grand opening at Resurgence Brewing on Sunday, April 17th from 1 – 7 pm. “Go big, or go home,” says Owner/Operator Greg Whitehurst who moved to Buffalo in 2011 to pursue a history degree while cooking his way through school. Once he got his degree, he quickly realized that his heart was in the food industry. History was history.
Why an Asian food truck? Because Buffalo needed one. “It’s fresh, it’s healthy, and it doesn’t take that long to cook, so I thought why not try it,” Greg explained.
While the truck’s foundation is Asian with influences from the Pacific Rim, Greg adds his own unique twist as so many chefs do these days.
The extensive menu (for a food truck) features a few safer options like the Gourm–Asian Salad ($5) with fresh and crisp arugula, carrots, red peppers, celery, red onion, roasted nuts, cilantro, ginger, topped with a light ginger and honey soy vinaigrette, a Fresh Roasted Sea Salt Broccoli Salad ($6), Fried Rice ($6 – $8 depending on protein choice), an Asian Vegetable Noodle Bowl ($6.5 – $10), and Sesame Chicken ($8). You’ll also find what I like to call snacks such as Fried Wontons ($6), Steamed Edamame, ($2 – $5), and Summer Rolls ($5-$9.25).
And then there’s the really exciting stuff – an Asian Taco with fresh whitefish baked and topped with a beansprout, orange, pineapple, and chestnut slaw tossed in avocado lime sauce ($8 – $12); Kung Fu Pork Rolls ($5 – $9.25) – freshly wrapped slow-cooked seasoned pork with apples baked in a blend of Asian spices, cabbage, carrots, and served with creamy Thai peanut sauce; and Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles ($8) – udon noodles marinated in house made peanut sauce tossed with sautéed bananas, ginger, broccoli, crushed peanuts, in a light spicy soy peanut sauce. Told you it was exciting.
For dessert, there are Dueling Bananas ($7), and they have an issue with each other. That’s all I’m gonna say.
According to Greg, menu specials should make an appearance about a month in. Personally I’m looking forward to his “Pork Pigtail Curls” – like a french fry, but with pork.
While the food is important, Greg’s hope is that you’ll be impressed with more than that. “I want to give customers a whole experience,” Greg explained. The experience will include, but is not limited to a unique menu setup (there’s a gong involved, yes a gong), slow beat reggae playing from the sound system, and custom fortune cookies with Buffalo facts, giveaways, and who knows maybe even a Step Out Buffalo shoutout.
The truck itself is literally a work of art, hand painted as opposed to wrapped by local artist Blair Rusin. It features giant fortune cookies, graffiti style lanterns and dragons, vibrant colors, and our favorite part – a Snapchat icon.
Greg plans to have Gourm-Asian out on the street year round for lunch, dinner, late night, and events. The new truck will appear at Larkin Square for the first Food Truck Tuesday of the season on April 19th and then rotate between Larkin and Flying Bison after that. Aside from the food truck rodeo, you can find Gourm-Asian at Roswell for lunch on Fridays and on the corner of Main and Allen outside Cathode Ray during late night among several others yet to be determined. The truck will also be at the 4th Annual Ride for Bryce on Sunday, May 1st at Keysa Park.
We haven’t tried their food yet, but we sure are excited to see Greg along with other new food truck owners so passionate about their cuisines, the experience, social media (#snapchat), and the art on the side of their truck! Plus, there’s the gong.
Follow Gourm-Asian Bistro on Snapchat, username: whatsyurfortune (notice the “yur) for frequent insights into the life of a food truck. They’re also on Instagram and Twitter @whatsyurfortune, and Facebook. Check out gourmasianbuffalo.com to find out where they’ll be next.
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