Piggies on Pillows: Fusion sliders from Roaming Dragon Food Truck
West Georgia Street (between Thurlow & Burrard)
The long-awaited debut of the Roaming Dragon Food Truck’s downtown location last week was a hit. I hope this means they will be staying on West Georgia Street for a while because after only one visit, I have become utterly addicted to their pork belly sliders. My two favourite items in Chinese cuisine are soft and fluffy steamed buns and tender pork meat. Roaming Dragon’s pork belly sliders are definitely a creative combination of two foods that already taste great on their own; in one compact package, the sliders are explosively tasty. The fresh, soft buns soak up all the salty and flavourful juices from the moist, tender pork belly. A perfect dollop of Hoisin sauce binds the small sandwich together, rounding out the flavours, adding a sweetness to the meat. Sliced cucumber also adds some freshness and colour to the slider. The sliders are small but filling. Even though, I don’t know if I can ever get enough of those buns. They are like pillows, each cushioning a perfectly cooked piece of pork.
The other item that I tried was the Japanese chicken karaage. The chicken was crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside with just the right amount of sauce glazing the surface of the chicken with sweet saltiness.
The service is impeccable, I liked that the server asked for my name after my order. When orders were ready, customer names were called out instead of the name of the item. This small detail was a nice personal touch, making the street food experience a little bit more intimate. The menu prices were pretty reasonable also, any two items were charged at $10, three items went for $15. I think it’s a steal for the gourmet quality of food and the chance to dine outside in the prettiest part of downtown Vancouver. I will definitely visit the Roaming Dragon again. I wish there was something sweet on the menu though – maybe sweet custard buns or mini egg tarts.