Torafuku's sibling Asian street eats food truck Le Tigre makes a comeback in Vancouver

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      While pandemic health restrictions have made food service challenging for many eateries, one food format offers plenty of room for physical distancing.

      Accordingly, one of the city’s most popular food trucks, launched in 2012, is making a comeback for the ravenous lunchtime tigers out there.

      Although Le Tigre—the mobile sibling of Chinatown eatery Torafuku, which opened in 2015—retired in May 2019, it’s slated to make a return to the streets on Friday (October 30).

      Le Tigre, with Torafuku owner Steven Kuan and chef Jace Yun, will feature a revamped menu that combines old faves with new selections infused with Taiwanese and South Korean influences, with a price range from $7 to $13.

      Three of Le Tigre’s popular Kickass Rice Bowls—braised beef brisket, crispy chicken, or brussel sprouts and vegetables, with signature rice cooked with sake butter, ginger, garlic, and dashi, accompanied by a poached egg, herbs, and pickled cabbage slaw—are back.

      Other items to check out include:

      • housemade bao buns, such as the beef brisket fried bun with gochujang cabbage slaw, pickled radish, horseradish, and candied peanuts;
      • the two-piece Soy Egg, which includes konjac noodles and a soy-marinated ramen egg in a chili sauce served cold;
      • pork belly salad, with shabu-shabu-style pork belly with crispy rice, mixed herbs, and ssamjang dressing;
      • the five-piece Ugly Dumpling: whole shrimp and pork dumplings and mixed herb salad with chili soy dressing, pickled radish, and seaweed flakes.

      The truck will make its way around the city throughout the week by appearing at four different locations from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays: Broadway and Ash (Tuesdays), Railway and Jackson (Wednesdays), Granville and 10th Avenue (Thursdays), and 33 Acres Brewery at 15 West 8th Avenue (Fridays).

      And to celebrate the relaunch, the first 40 customers on October 30 will receive either 50-percent off the price of the braised beef kickass rice bowl (for the discounted price of $6.50) or a free sweet passion fruit tea.

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