The Truck: Ng Catering, found at erratic times on weekdays near Boren and Republican.
The Fare: Almost everything, it seems: banh mi, breakfast sandwiches, teriyaki, fried rice, hamburgers, tacos.
The Stop: Known to some of the Amazon crowd as "that Vietnamese truck," Ng Catering's lack of a telling name reflects this elusive truck's theme-less, hard-to-pin down nature. It operates on an erratic schedule, has no known presence on the Internet to call out its locations, and has a hodgepodge menu of breakfast sandwiches, spring rolls, tacos, tortas, and banh mi. It also mimics a convenience store with its supply of soda and junk food.
Despite its twenty-first century shortcomings, the bottom line is that Ng sells decent, relatively inexpensive food.
Sure, after a few unsuccessful attempts to order things like spring rolls, I have the feeling that Ng's actual menu might not always be as comprehensive as it appears. And when parked near other trucks like Tacos El Tajin, ordering tacos or tortas from Ng might not seem like the smartest choice. But there are some gems on the menu that make it worth it - and, not surprisingly, these gems have Vietnamese or Asian roots.
Take the banh mi teriyaki chicken sandwich, for instance. For four bucks, customers can get a relatively normal Vietnamese sandwich with lettuce, cilantro, carrots, mayonnaise, jalapenos, and teriyaki chicken. The vegetables are fresh and crisp. The chicken isn't rubbery or chewy - it's hot and moist. There's not much to argue with, but also not much to write home about.
If you're hankering for a snack, order a set of egg rolls. They'll fry up a set of five for four bucks and hand you a tray of piping hot, crunchy cylinders filled with pork, slivers of carrots, and rice noodles.
If you can catch it - I hear the truck makes its way to Boren and Republican during the later lunch hours - and you're in the mood for Vietnamese food, give this truck a shot. Just make sure you approach it knowing what type of mood you're in the mood for.