'Food Trucks' on Serious Eats

Cook the Book: Fojol Bros. Butter Chicken

The Fojol Bros' everyday roster includes two vegetarian and two meat-based dishes, such as this Butter Chicken adapted for Heather Shouse's Food Trucks. As wild as the Fojol Bros' concept is, their take on butter chicken is pretty traditional, with chunks of chicken rubbed with a chile-lemon butter, marinated in a spiced yogurt mix, and grilled, kabob-style. The skewers are finished by simmering in a creamy tomato based gravy laced with all sorts of warming spices, including cardamom, ginger, and cloves. More

Cook the Book: Thai Chicken Karaage

Parked in the backyard of an Austin dive bar, East Side Kings is imaginative Asian-inspired drinking food done right, run by talented chefs from the city's best sushi restaurant. SE editors Erin Zimmer and Robyn Lee tried it last year on their SE book research trip, and left a little obsessed with the late-night fried beets, fried brussel sprouts, and this Thai Chicken Karaage. It's genius drinking food: the sort of crunchy, fried, salty, spicy stuff that was born to be paired with cold beers. More

Cook the Book: Arepas de Queso

These Arepas de Queso from Food Trucks by Heather Shouse are a top seller after last call. Little cornmeal cakes kneaded with shredded mozzarella and griddled in plenty of margarine (yes, margarine) are topped with squeaky curds of queso blanco. The magic of these Colombian arepas comes from the cheese that's incorporated into the dough making for sweet-salty little cakes with mild mozzarella. More

Cook the Book: French Toast with Shaved Apples and Bacon Beer Brats

Chef Shack sets up shop at various farmers' markets around Minneapolis each weekend and French Toast with Shaved Apples and Bacon Beer Brats is one of their biggest morning sellers. Slices of hearty multigrain bread are dipped into an eggy brown sugary batter, fried crisp, served with salty links of Fischer Farms bacon beer brats and topped with slivers of crisp-tart apples. More

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