Making a yakisoba sandwich is no one-step process. First, a freshly baked baguette—crisp on the outside, soft inside—is lined with lettuce dressed in citrusy yuzu sauce. Then come fried yakisoba noodles (dressed in yakisoba sauce), then slices of chicken or beef (dressed in teriyaki sauce). Carrots and cabbage are added along the way. Finally, the toppings: spicy aioli and sesame seeds.
If this sounds extravagant (and saucy), perhaps it's no surpise that Billy Beach, he of the towering sushi rolls at Japonessa, is a part-owner of the new food truck specializing in the Japanese sandwiches, known as yakisoba pan across the Pacific.
Beach teamed with friend Albert Jong to develop the menu for Diablo Food Truckz, now one-month old. Jong, who was in tech until last October when he decided to do Diablo, is the face of the food truck. He likens the staple item as to what hot dogs are here—you can go into any 711 in Japan and find the sandwich.
Every day he's out, Jong has chicken or beef varieties. Sometimes there's a riff on beef bulgogi, always there are three sauces (more, yes!) of your choosing. One is a citrus jalapeno; another, the habanero, is "straight heat," says Jong, "your taste buds will lose their feeling." The third, "holy smoke," is made with ghost peppers, supposedly the hottest of its kind. There's also spicy miso soup.
Jong is stationed at 1740 First Avenue Monday through Friday, but since a recent break-in he's looking to park elsewhere. South Lake Union is on the list but not until he accrues more staff. "I'm a one-man show," he explains. For updates follow Diablo Food Truckz on Facebook, and for close-up shots of the decadence that awaits you check out Thrillest.