A brightly colored food truck, Lomo En Ruedas, has been stationed in front of the People’s Bank headquarters and alongside St. Vincent’s hospital. These days it’s on Broad Street behind the Superior Court. Whenever I walk by, I can see they are busy.
The side of the truck invokes “The Art of Spanish Cuisine,” and a closer look at the menu reflects a Peruvian bias. The first time I went there, I got a pork taco — not something that tells me much about Peruvian food in particular. So this time I told myself I would get one of their “Peruvian Specialties.” The Arroz Chaufa, or Peruvian fried rice, seemed interesting.
The menu ticked off the ingredients, which were identical to the Chinese variation until I got to for “our delicious hot sauce.” One small twist is all I need to get interested, so I took a container of it back to the office.
Visually, it looks like Chinese takeout. The only difference, besides the small container of green sauce, was the foam container. Put it in a square cardboard takeout box, and I’d have thought it came from Hunan Pavilion. The rice has lots of salty soy sauce tastes just like Chinese fried rice, but the chunks of chicken, as I had hoped, had been seasoned in their own spices, holding up well with the rice. I craved more of the green sauce, but it was delicious, creating a bridge between the rice, scrambled eggs, green onions and chicken. (The dish is also available with beef or shrimp.)
The item on the food truck that is probably star is their rotisserie chicken. You can buy a quarter, half or whole chicken and take home sides like rice, Spanish rice, beans, fries or plantains. That’s the kind of thing I’d like to bring home in the evening when I don’t feel like cooking. Unfortunately, the food truck is only there for lunch. But fortunately, they do have a brick-and-mortar restaurant on North and Park, open until 10.