Curious, adventurous, and solemnly swearing that he is up to no good.
Published August 15th 2013
Because your papa can't make hotdogs like they can
At first glance, it looks like a huge, futuristic solar panel on wheels. In fact, it looks rather similar to small caravans you might find in movies.
That was the first thing that came to mind when I first noticed the shiny, metallic exterior of Papa's Gourmet Hotdogs Food Truck. Among the few food trucks I have seen, this one ranks among the most striking and original ones I have the pleasure to bear my eyes upon.
At first impression, the people behind Papa's are willing to experiment with varying kinds and cultures of "snags", toppings and sauces. In fact, the snag selection originate from no less than 6 countries, giving plenty of food for thought already about what suits my fancy.
For this occasion, I went with the Papa's classic bread (Italian panini for an extra $1). The snag of choice was the Aussie Wagyu beef, though there are German Bratwurst and Thai Chilli Chicken, among others, for the rather adventurous.
One thing I like about Papa's is that they let you put as many toppings as you want, and keep the price of the hotdog constant at $8 (price goes up depending on certain choices of toppings though). It left me a startled man when I heard it, and I almost went overboard, but I settled with caramelised onions and cheddar cheese.
After my previous fiery encounter with the Vietnamese banh mi thit, I decided to play it safe with the sauces and went with sweet mustard. The extras menu is minimal, with some drinks ($3 each), Papas fries & dipping sauce the only options.
Particularly on a winter's day, the wagyu beef was tender and warm. The combination of cheddar cheese, caramelised onions and sweet mustard made it a rather tame and safe option for those who are not into spicier fare.
All in all, Papa's Gourmet Hotdogs is another decent addition to the ever-growing food truck menu. Their range of meats, toppings and sauces means every occasion is a chance to try out a new combination of hotdog until you find the best one. Besides, they are not that hard to miss.