After many missed opportunities, I was finally able to catch up with Lethbridge’s first food truck — the Flyin’ Hawaiian. I had been lamenting for the last few months on social media about how they would be nearby, but I just couldn’t slip away due to one commitment or another. Because of the mobile nature of food trucks, you just have to be in the right place at the right time. But with all the rave reviews I heard from other people, I just had to track them down to see what the fuss was all about.
When approaching the food truck, you can clearly see that it is a family endeavour. They all work together seamlessly to keep the truck run smoothly, and it’s all done in a polite and friendly manner. Work is done like a finely tuned machine. You approach the order taker, who writes your order on a pad of paper, then relays the order to the rest of the crew. Even though I was about the eighth person in line, I got to the front in no time at all! After my order was taken and cash was exchanged, I only had to wait a minute or two before I had a piña colada, pulled pork sandwich, and a container of Hawaiian doughnuts in my hands.
Now, I am not the biggest connoisseur of piña coladas, alcoholic or not, so I didn’t have any preconceptions before my first sip. Thankfully the drink wasn’t overly sweet because the sweetness from the pineapple juice was all it needed with a nice hint of coconut. I also enjoyed this drink because they included a little paper umbrella. More drinks need little paper umbrellas, I say.
After a few more pleasant sips, I dug into my pulled pork sandwich. The main thing I noticed was that the sandwich was very clean in that the sauces for the pork and the coleslaw were not heavy and dripping over the sides of the bun. I appreciated this because I was eating while sitting on the grass, and I only took a few napkins with me. The flavours of the pork and the coleslaw didn’t stand out on their own, but rather melded together to make one nice, simple flavour.
Finally, for dessert, I opened the container that held my Hawaiian doughnuts… and stared at them in horror.
They are SO BIG! I had never had a Hawaiian doughnut before, and had only seen photos of them online, so I was expecting something the size of a Timbit. Nope! These things are about three times the size of a Timbit, and are generously doused in powdered sugar. I use the word “horror” because I had made the mistake of ordering 12 of these monsters for just me and my husband. There was NO way we could finish them all in one sitting!
They use a yeast dough for the doughnuts that I thought made them taste a lot like a dense pancake, and they are served with a coconut sauce. I didn’t taste any extra sweetness from the coconut sauce, which is good because the powdered sugar was sweet enough. Just don’t be surprised if you end up looking like Al Pacino from Scarface afterward.
Have you been able to track down the Flyin’ Hawaiian food truck? What did you think?
More food trucks have hit the streets of Lethbridge recently. What type of food truck would you like to see?
“Say hello to my little friend!” (Hahaha! Sorry, I just had to do that.)