Hsiao Chi, Trey Lamont, and A.J. Boyance are just about ready to launch their fusion food truck, Papa Bois. The trio is having the trailer wrapped this week with the hopes of hitting the road by mid-April.
Papa Bois will serve a tropical-leaning menu mashing Caribbean and Southeast Asian flavors. As Lamont, the chef, points out the cuisines share plenty of ingredients—cumin, Thai basil, coconut—so he's facilitating what only is a natural mashup. Menu items might include a crispy Cuban topped with Jamaican slaw, caramelized onions, tamarind sauce, and garlic mayo; jerk ribs; or coconut prawn curry. They are also toying with the idea of doing a "Fish Friday" to highlight different seafoods.
Of particular intrigue is the frybread prawn sandwich. When fellow food truck Off the Rez opened in February 2012, it made a splash with its Native American-inspired eats—and its frybread especially. The two preparations are quite different, however. Here the dough is distinctly flaky and Trinidadian in nature; Lamont likens his to a croissant and Rez's to a doughnut. Either way, it's interesting to see this hard-to-come-by food make another entrance on the street scene. (Coincidentally enough Lamont and Off the Rez chef Donovan MacInnis went to school together.)
As of now Chi says he has secured several parking spots, including outside the Costco in SoDo and at Cherry Street and 23rd Avenue, with more locations to quickly follow. Follow Papa Bois on Facebook for updates.