Words: Emily Mullen
The new food truck is pretty distinctive
Fresh from the US, a pretty distinct food truck has just pulled up on the streets of Dublin 8 at the weekend.
Based out of turquoise metal beauty, Los Chicanos Taqueria opened on Camden Row on Saturday, June 26th.
The Taqueria is serving up some pretty exciting things including their Mexican street corn, which is made up of corn sliced from the cob, fried chorizo, roasted peppers and corn crema. Their Papas Picante made from chipotle tomato fondu, roasted garlic and cilantro aioli, alongside their tacos which are made of sweet potato barbacoa, macha cauliflower, Baja fish, lamb barbacoa and chorizo. They have a solid salsa lineup of roja, verde, peanut matcha, negra and citrus habanero, there’s even a dessert made from sweetcorn soft serve and pepitas crunch.
The team have said that the menu is inspired by “the flavours and techniques of Mexican cooking melded with the urban, funky and edgy street food truck culture of Los Angeles.”
The concept for Los Chicanos began while Scott Holder was working in kitchens all across America (New York, San Diego, Atlanta and San Francisco) alongside Mexican chefs. The combination of “bold Mexican flavours and techniques” and “local American produce & ingredients” began a passion for Mexican food and Chicano culture for the chef.
Holder went on to work in the likes of London’s Michelin-starred Arbutus with Anthony Demetre, San Francisco’s Michelin-starred & James Beard Best New Restaurant State Bird Provisions with Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski and David Chang’s Sydney restaurant three-hatted & Number 1 Best New Restaurant Australia Momofuku Seiobo with Ben Greeno, before returning to his native Dublin.
Holder flew back to the US where he had first experienced all those bold flavours to find his food truck, which he then shipped to Ireland. An accident with the truck caused it to have a year and a half lost in the wilds of the US, before arriving in Ireland and beginning its conversion from “Stateside tool truck to state of the art kitchen”.
“Along the way Scott has travelled extensively through Mexico, taking him across Mexico City, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Guadalajara & Tepic visiting local coffee plantations, chocolate factories, cheese makers & chilly farms while visiting some of Mexico’s most renowned chefs. Scott met the most amazing people across his journey, spending his time with the local, artisan producers of Mexico and their families, immersing himself in their techniques handed down through generations and their culture,” the team wrote.
You can find Los Chicanos Taqueria at Elliot’s Cash & Carry, 10 Camden Row, Saint Kevin’s follow them on Instagram for more information.
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