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Gourmet food on wheels

india Updated: Jul 19, 2013 01:09 IST
Debasmita Ghosh
Debasmita Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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You’d have often seen funky food trucks in many Hollywood flicks, or grabbed some satays from streetside food carts while holidaying in Thailand. Now, joining the global trend is a fun food truck right in the Capital. And, we aren’t talking about those umpteen Chinese chaat carts. Nashta Pani on MG Road, right below the Sultanpur Metro station, is a delight for hungry souls battling with time to reach office and ending up missing their morning meals.

“There was no decent place to catch a quick bite in this entire stretch, right from Mehrauli to Gurgaon, and I used to be famished by the time I reached office,” says Mannu, owner of the eatery, who left her cushy job at an IT firm to start her food truck — well, sort of a truck because it’s not mobile but does look like a real one for sure.

Starting from around 8.30am, Nashta Pani tosses up quick meals including a range of exotic omelette options served with toast, hash brown or sausages. Priced at Rs. 80 onwards, there’s also sandwich, salads, wraps and even Indian breakfast options including poha, upma and parantha. The special meal of the day is a surprise everyday! “It’s just been a couple of weeks but feels good to see people stop by every now and then, some to eat, some to take pictures of the truck,” smiles Mannu.

Did you know?
In 1866, Goodnight, a cattle herder, created the first food truck in an old US army wagon, constructing interior drawers, and then stocked it up with dried beans, coffee, cornmeal and other easy-to-make food.

Indian tadka around the world
From vada pav to Hyderabadi biryani, these food trucks have made their name abroad, serving a completely authentic desi spread

Desi Food Truck, New York
The locals reportedly swear by the Kolkata bir-yani and poori bhaji among other desi grub here

Curry Up Now, San Francisco
They have vegan and gluten-free options in every desi bite — be it aloo parantha or kathi roll

Bollywood Bites, Los Angeles
From Michael Jackson to Aishwarya Rai, many celebs have enjoyed a meal from this food truck

India Jones Chow Truck, Los angeles
Indian street foods like aloo tikki chaat to meal options like saag paneer are hotsellers here

Other food trucks across the globe
From tacos, meatballs to homemade ice creams, these trucks across the globe toss up a range of gourmet fare

The Green Truck, San Diego
Run on solar energy, this food truck serves vegan regional cuisine. Leftover cooking oil is used to power the truck the next day

Great Balls on Tires, Los Angeles
More popular as G-BOT, they serve meatballs and other savory balls from different cuisines from across the world

Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, New York
Serves soft serve gourmet ice cream in crisp cones and cups. The menu is unique with unusual flavours

Guapos Tacos, Philadelphia
This food truck, designed with over 45,000 beer bottle caps, serves fun Mexican tacos like guacamole, quesadillas etc.

Lola D’s Kitchen, Las Vegas
The USP of this food cart serving healthy, homemade cuisine, is that it has an inbuilt ATM machine!

Tapa Boy, Los Angeles
This Filipino restaurant serves meat bowls with a special garlic fried rice (sinangag), an egg and a papaya relish

Big Truck Tacos, Oklahoma City
This food truck is known for it’s yum Mexican street foods — tacos, burritos, gorditos — this diner on wheels has it all

Skillet, Seattle
Always on the move, they are popular sources for bacon jam entrees, fried chicken salad and a host of skillet delicacies