As mentioned last week, I headed to Rrrollend Leiden last weekend to taste some of the delicious treats the food trucks were offering this year. And let me tell you, I wasn’t disappointed: except for the weather (hello Dutch summer), everything was perfect! Follow me for a review of the best food trucks in the Netherlands.
My first stop was De Ballenbar – got to start your afternoon with some bitterballen, but not any bitterballen. These ones are gourmet bitterballen: Holland shrimp, beef, truffle, goat cheese, and thom-kha kai. I am not the most objective critic because I love truffle, and that was obviously my favourite one, but I was positively surprised by the thom-kha kai. I really enjoy the soup of the some name, and I was really curious to know how they’d manage to do a bitterbal. Well, mission accomplished! The light curry taste was the perfect eastern touch to go with the rest of the tasting plate.
Here’s their website and their Instagram to find them!
It was then time to dig in some real dishes, and I turned to Mamma’s Saté for the next round. Johan and his wife were extremely welcoming, and made sure the food was nicely sorted on the plate so that I could take a good photo! The pork skewers are obviously grilled on the spot, and served with saté sauce, rice, prawn crackers, and pickled cucumber. One word: delicious! The harmony of the thick saté sauce, the spiced pork, and the sourness of cucumber is simply perfect.
Follow them on Facebook to know where to find them next!
Next stop: Italy! The aim of L’Arrosticino Gustoso is to offer food that’s different from the other food trucks, and they succeeded! I tasted the lamb skewers and the porchetta sandwich. Mamma mia! It had been a long time since I had such awesome meat. I truly felt the difference: the lamb was soft, and brought to perfection with the spices, and as for the porchetta sandwich, it was moist, grilled, and very well served with a piece of bread, red onions, and peppers. A real treat those ones! I’d love to taste the piadina or the angus beef focaccia next time I see them.
De Burger bus
Well, for me, it’s impossible to go to a food festival without tasting a burger. I had seen the Burger Bus quite a few times at previous events, and I’ve always been drawn to their stall, probably due to the barbecues (their big green eggs)… I tried the BLT burger : classic, but always an excellent combo (hello Angus beef and crispy bacon). Then I had a try at the Hot Lobster, which was quite original and good, but had a bit too much of sauerkraut for my taste buds. Nonetheless, the lobster sausage is very innovating, and deserves to be know!
Head to Facebook to spot them at the next food festival!
Duck & More
Duck & More is a food truck focussed only on duck, and what they serve is brilliant. Their tasting plate gather the best of the duck, seriously: bruschetta with duck pâté, bruschetta with breast of duck, duck gizzard (gésier de canard for the Frenchies here), duck bitterbal (so good!), and a mini donut with duck confit. That last one was heaven for my taste buds: the combination of the sugary donut with the savoury duck, topped with a Cointreau/orange juice, was just “wow”. I’ll probably stalk the truck to eat some more…
Last but not least, Italian pizzas! Let’s be honest with each other, who can resist a wood fire pizza? Certainly not me! The pizza bianca with salmon, dill, and onion was really tasty, as well as the salami and peppers pizza. Applause for the extra thin and crunchy crust, that’s how I love these pizzas! Moreover, I am always impressed when I see a food truck with a wood fire – that’s a sign of quality!
To summarize that afternoon at Rrrollend Leiden, I spent 3 hours eating 8 different plates from 6 food trucks, shared with 2 to 4 friends. Needless to say I was completely full after that!