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Don’t Eat This Now: Bombay Chopstix’s Food Truck

Desi Manchurian with eggroll, basmati rice, and chicken (photo by Carol Shih)

There’s a Bombay Chopstix restaurant in Irving and Richardson, and then there’s Bombay Chopstix’s food truck, Bombay Street Food, that features highlights from the restaurant’s menu. When I first heard that a food truck serving Indo-Chinese fusion was hitting the streets, my ears perked. I scoured George’s handy dandy food truck schedule. I waited. Then I pounced.

Bombay Street Food is now its fourth week of operation. Last week, when I visited, I went up to the fire engine red truck and received maybe the best food truck service I’ve ever had. Of course, this could be due to the fact that no one else was around me. My first free eggroll came on a paper plate with Sriracha sauce. It was vegetarian, stringy from cabbage bits, and not crispy at all. Still enjoyable, though, because it was free. Seeing how I couldn’t decide what to order, one of the Bombay guys asked me, “What do you like? What do you usually get at Pei Wei or P.F. Chang’s?”

If I’d been smarter, I would’ve left as soon as I heard that last question.

But hunger sometimes makes you do stupid things, so I ordered the Desi Manchurian and General Tso’s chicken lunch platters. My friend whose family has owned a Chinese restaurant in Atlanta for ages once told me that, in order to be successful, a restaurant owner must pay the most attention to his or her General Tso’s chicken. It’s a staple of Chinese American cuisine. If the General Tso’s chicken is a successful dish, then everything else can’t be far off. Bombay Street Food’s General Tso’s chicken came with pineapple chunks, red and green peppers and one eggroll. I chose to pair it with basmati rice mixed with carrot pieces.  After a couple bites, and even after pleading one of my co-workers to take it, I had to throw it away. (Now, if you know me, this is significant. It hurts me to waste food.)

General Tso’s chicken

The chicken pieces were lumpy, soggy,  and didn’t even have a hint of any Indian spice. Pairing them with the translucent, dry basmati rice just made it worse. The eggroll was completely inedible, even after dousing it in Sriracha sauce. The Desi Manchurian lunch platter was no better. Small pieces of chicken were drowning in a goopy soy sauce, probably pitying themselves, too. This wasn’t Indo-Chinese fusion. There was no spice, no kick, and not a single hint of the aromatic flavors that capture richness of Indian food. This was just bland Chinese American food that I wouldn’t even feel comfortable feeding my dog.

I feel pretty terrible saying all those bad things, but just to let you know, I’m still rooting for Bombay Chopstix’s food truck. It has fantastic service. Everyone is accommodating and willing to help, and the food comes out so quickly you wonder if there are little green elves working inside. Maybe the little green elves will fix these glitches. One can only hope.

8 comments on “Don’t Eat This Now: Bombay Chopstix’s Food Truck

  1. I think of Bombay Chopstix as being Indian, with a vegetarian focus. The restaurant in Richardson is filthy, filthy filthy and I’ve stopped going. A food truck version holds no appeal to me.

  2. Even food truck cuisine should look appetizing. Yes, it’s a rice dish but this looks like a bad Lean Cuisine meal. Greenhouse knows how to do a really great rice dish AND have it look appetizing in an Eco-friendly container. Their lemongrass chicken is fab.

  3. Had Bombay once, only because the smell was enticing. WRONG this place doesn’t make any sense to me. Their chicken was insurmountably way too spicy, even us heat-lovers couldn’t stomach it. Gross!

  4. We ate there for the KWP’s Grand Opening. I loved it, and it’s rare for me to compliment a food truck.

  5. Amber,

    That likely says a lot about you. There are many great food trucks in this town. Pretty much every single one of them have brought something interesting and tastey to the Dallasite’s palate. I also at at Bombay Chopstix at the KWP opening. It was absolutely terrible. Basically seemed like an entrepreneurial yet talentless restauranteur thought to himself that a food truck was a cheaper way to sell his absolutely miserable food. Look for more of this when “The Stand” formerly on McKinney converts to a food truck.

  6. I had a wonderful experience at Bombay Street Food truck for the third time in a row. I am a big truck food fan and this has to be the best food on wheels in town. Fast, fresh, friendly and a beautiful blend of Southeast Asian spices and Far East high heat wok cooking. It is hard to find fusion food done so tastefully. I am a bit surprised to read few of the bad reviews. Do they understand fusion food?

  7. Tyler,
    looks like you own one of the food trucks in town and you are scared of this truck.I personally have been following them and i love their food and i am also a regular visitor to their restaurants in Las Colinas.What seems to you a talentless restauranteur has more then five restaurants in town and several investments in other entrepreneur ventures.Please you should grow up and learn to come out with comments.Not vent on your moods.

  8. Ben,

    Since you like to identify…there was little to cheer about regarding The Stand. Perhaps you are the owner of the food truck. The Stand was a miserable failure and that level of food quality probably wont make it in today’s Food Truck Renaissance. Oh, please don’t get too emotional.