Traveling in countries throughout Southeast Asia like Thailand and Malaysia, I found an abundance of street food, literally, around every corner. While traveling, I always strived to eat where the locals eat, and that almost always meant street food, carts and stalls. Whether it was Pad Thai made on the spot on a street vendor in Bangkok, or Nasi Lemak with some chicken satay in Malaysia, Singapore crab at a Singapore hawker stall or conch chowder in the Bahamas, street food has the convenience of being fast, fresh, authentic and delicious. Here in the U.S.A however, we are handcuffed by laws that say you can't have any uncooked products at your food cart or street food stall. Hence, we are often limited to the likes of precooked meats like hot dogs and brats.
But fear not, fellow Seattle Foodies! The street food revolution has commenced here in Seattle, albeit a bit slower than our neighbor to the south, Portland. Mobile food carts are starting to pop up everywhere, and today I finally tried what is considered to be Seattle's best food cart, Marination Mobile.
I'm definitely not the first to write about Marination Mobile. Good Morning America named Marination Mobile the number one food cart in America. Seattle Magazine named it one of the number one reasons to love Seattle, and it also placed one of it's 2 dollar Kahlua Pork Sandwiches on, you guessed it, Seattle's Top 48 Sandwiches. GQ Magazine also had a feature on it and the list of media appearances goes on and on.
An appeal to street food is affordability, and Marination Mobile is no exception. I literally almost ordered the entire menu on less than 20 bucks.
Marination Mobile draws it's influence from Mexico, Hawaii, and Asia. The Kahlua Pulled Pork sliders were my favorite. This little 2 buck chuck of a sandwich made it on Seattle Magazine's Top 48 sandwiches. Sweet pulled pork with a tangy slaw is sandwiched between a mini roll of toasted Hawaiian Bread. The tacos also featured the same slaw. You have choices between the sexy tofu, spicy pork, kalbi beef, and miso ginger chicken. Each is unique punching an enormous amount of ethnic flavor. Other items on the menu include Kimchi rice bowl and quesadilla, and spam musubi.
A testament to how wonderful Marination Mobile is are it's hungry loyal customers that will sit out through the cold, wind, and rain while waiting for their orders. Find out where it's at, put on a raincoat and hunt it down. You won't be disappointed.