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District 1

The bright yellow District 1 food truck is hard to miss as you enter the parking lot of the Cali Saigon Mall on the corner of Jupiter Road and East Belt Line Road in Garland. It's just one of the food trucks that are parked here on weekends. Owner Dang Tran explains that the color yellow is important the Vietnamese culture as it represents fortune and prosperity. Their logo draws an outline of the gates to the historical Bến Thành Market in Hồ Chí Minh city.

This food truck not only offers Vietnamese street food but add touches from neighboring Southeast Asian countries, including Cambodia and Thailand.

Try the xiên bò nướng Campuchia, grilled Cambodian beef skewers, thinly sliced marinated beef interspersed with fat that keeps the meat juicy. Another is the bánh hỏi chiên nước mắm, deep-fried vermicelli blocks form an edible plate that remains crispy with a dousing of hot sauce and a sprinkle of pork floss, tiny dried shrimp and green onions.

When available, order the Bánh khoai mì nướng thơm lừng, chewy cassava cake, pressed inside a waffle maker to create the crispy exterior and edges. It looks like that familiar toaster snack, but far from it.

Set your tray of treats on the small folding tables, then settle and squat onto the low plastic stools. Or better come prepared for crowded evenings and bring your own chair. Being an outdoor space means that pets are welcome too.
Didi Paterno
  • Price: $$
  • Hours: Friday 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 6:30-10 p.m.
  • Outdoor seating: Sidewalk tables
  • Alcohol: No Alcohol
  • Parking: Free, Lot available
  • Delivery