At its most authentic, street food changes according to local products and customs, reflecting the colors and flavors of its surroundings. And contrary to what many might think, many popular street foods are also 100% vegan: think of Chinese spring rolls, Indian samosas, Middle Eastern falafel or Sicily’s savory chick pea fritters.
Western pragmatism has transformed this way of sharing food into merely a way to eat quickly and cheaply, but the West is also rediscovering the value and flavor of genuine, healthy food prepared in eco-friendly ways. Hence, vegan trailers — featuring 100% animal-free dishes — are becoming a truly sustainable business. Attention is paid not only to the food itself, but also to the sourcing of ingredients from local farmers, as well as using disposable, 100% bio-degradable cutlery made from corn starch, napkins made from recycled paper, and organic beverages and beer.
THE CINNAMON SNAIL IN NEW YORK
Adam, at the helm of The Cinnamon Snail (in the picture at the top of the page) in New York, can offer customers entire menus from breakfast to dinner that are exclusively vegan, or even vegan and raw. You can begin the day with fresh fig pancakes and an organic coffee, and then proceed with Maple mustard tempeh sandwich with Smoked Portrobello mushroom carpaccio. Not in the mood for an organic beer? How about trying an Artisan Jasmine Ginger Ale or spring water in a biodegradable bottle (they’re not fans of plastic).
LIKE NO UDDER'S VEGAN ICE-CREAM
Are you in Providence and longing for a non-dairy ice cream? Try looking for Like No Udder and you’ll find soft-serve cones, frozen slushies and candy bars. Can’t find the trailer, no problem: you can reserve it for your own private event and Like No Udder will arrive straight to your own backyard.
PORTLAND'S 'THE PEDAL KETTLE'
In a Portland park, instead, you might come across The Pedal Kettle and consider this the perfect time for their artisanal kettle corn, made with just a few simple ingredients: whole grain popcorn, organic vegetable oil, organic sugar, and salt.
MAC'N FOOD TRUCK AND GREEN TRUCK
For fans of Mac’n Cheese, in Miami there’s the Mac'n Food Truck that offers a wide range of vegan options, some that are even gluten free.
And if you're interested in running your own trailer, Green Truck of Los Angeles is ready to give you all the information you need on their site.