Food Trucks @ the Library
As part of the Lunch Hour NYC exhibition, we host a rotating line-up of food trucks at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building every weekday (schedule). From grilled cheese sandwiches to lobster rolls, we offer an array of choices for your lunch break. So we thought it’d be fun to profile the owners of these beloved trucks and get a taste of their favorite food delights.
Kenny Lao, owner of Rickshaw Dumplings food truck (every Thursday)
1. What’s your favorite dish from your truck?
I heart the Classic Pork + Chinese Chive Dumpling with toasted sesame soy dip. It is savory and chive-y and delicious, with a crunchy Asian salad. Woohoo!
2. What dish from your truck would you recommend to new customers?
I would suggest the Chicken + Thai Basil Dumpling with peanut sate dipping sauce. It is sweet and herbaceous, made with Bell & Evans natural chicken, fresh purple Thai basil, and love.
3. What’s your favorite thing to eat for lunch?
I love Eisenberg’s Chicken Salad Sandwich. Nothing like sitting at the counter and having a sandwich and a cream soda!
4. What was your favorite lunch growing up?
We did not have a cafeteria in the school in California that l I went to, so we had to bring lunch every day. Every once in a while, the In-N-Out truck would come to campus, and we would get to have In-N-Out burgers for lunch. That was amazing.
5. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
a) We have a multi-vitamin that provides ALL of your nutritional needs.
b) It is a dry arid environment that is tropical but has fresh water.
I would have fruit salad with yummy mango, papaya, grapes, passion fruit, watermelon, and berries. Cool, refreshing, and different textures.
6. How did you get into the food truck industry?
We started the first truck after we had already opened a new store. We wanted to continue to spread the Rickshaw love during a down economy, and we thought the trucks would be a great way to do that.
If you’re in the mood for an Asian appetizer, drop by 40th St. and 5th Ave. every Thursday from 11-3 p.m. There’s still time today!
Photo: courtesy of Kenny Lao (top) and amanderson2 via Flickr (bottom)