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Food trucks are quite the norm in cities like New York and London. Here in Singapore, as far as I know, we have only two companies operating food truck services namely, Kerbside Gourmet and The Travelling COW.
Kerbside Gourmet started out in 2013 and was usually always found parked at the National Museum of Singapore, with a menu that boasts real, good food. No MSG, no preservatives, and plenty of herbs and the menu offering includes dishes like cold capellini pasta tossed with spicy mentaiko and garnished with crabmeat and seaweed, and sous vide eggs sprinkled with olive dust and chive oil. As a registered member of the Social Enterprise Association, Kerbside Gourmet channels part of its profits to feed the less privileged in Singapore, operating a “Buy-One-Give-One” model, where each dish bought pays for another dish that goes to the needy.
The Travelling C.O.W (Chef on Wheels) offers an affordable gourmet menu such as Wagyu Beef Burgers, Chilli Crab Pasta, and even crabcakes. With a revamped old-school food truck, this pop-up kitchen also offers Ramen Burgers with a choice of either beef, chicken or crab patties sandwiched between two ramen noodle buns – the most delicious ramen concoction I have ever eaten, if you ask me.
I hunted The Travelling COW down to where they were most recently spotted – The Floating Platform, and saw a Mercedes van decked with an arresting black-and-white cow livery that looked quaint set against the skyscrapers in the financial district that is the Marina Bay area.
I hadn’t been to the Bayfront area in quite some time and was pleasantly surprised to find the area a rather picturesque spot for leisurely, romantic evening walks on weekends. I saw couples chatting hand-in-hand, oblivious to the rest of the world; runners taking a break from their runs and enjoying the view; and families with young children running and playing. It was the ideal spot for a quick pitstop and a pick-me-up meal.
I ordered the Ramen Burger while my friend had the Wagyu Beef Burger. Since the kitchen was just setting up, we had to wait a little for service. In the meantime, we were happy to take in the scenery and enjoy a relaxing chat by the bay area. As we chatted, I noticed some curious bystanders forming a crowd around the van, some taking pictures while others queuing to order food and drinks, out of curiousity I would imagine. I thoroughly enjoyed how I had been forced to slow down and take in the entire evening while waiting for my food to be ready.
Our order was called up after about 20 minutes, pretty quick given how they were setting up mere moments ago! We picked up our order and were pretty surprised by how professional the packaging looked! The Travelling COW takes pride in its packaging, each burger is sealed in waxed paper and comes in a box, much like how quick-service restaurants do it.
I had the Ramen Burger and was bowled away by its taste: tender, juicy beef slices juxtaposed with two crispy ramen noodle buns, made each bite release a yummy combination of sweet, salty, chewy and crunchy explosions in my mouth. It was a satisfying experience of happiness with every bite.
I’m definitely doing this again and will try out the other items on their menu. If you’re charmed by the idea, follow the Travelling COW’s Facebook page for updates on their whereabouts or changes in operating hours. I must say it was a pretty fun experience tracking them down and sitting down by the bay area to enjoy some gourmet street eats!
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