Sioux Falls will soon get a taste of its newest food truck, a large, year-round venture called Street Eat’n Mobile Eatery, that aims to please both foodies and those looking for a quick lunch break from work.
“I love street food,” owner Peter Chang said. “We’re street food with bold flavors. We made the food concept a little generic so we could do whatever we want.”
Chang, who has varied experience, from running a group of Greek restaurants in Denver to his own photography and DJing businesses, will run Street Eat’n with his son, Philip.
“The family has always wanted to open a restaurant,” Chang said. “And with a food truck you get that liberty to go broader with flavor and with pricing.”
The menu will rotate, with some staples of global street food always on the menu. One thing for sure: Gyros. Which seems a good time to bring up the kitchen: it’s pretty huge in comparison to many I’ve seen. Equipped with two friers (great for those who are vegetarian), a stove, oven, flat top grill and a Gyros machine, Chang says they’re prepared for any inspiration.
Other regulars, and this I’m really excited for, will be dumplings and possibly ramen. Chang’s says his recipe for dumplings, like many of his recipes, is very authentic and comes from family meals.
“That’s (dumplings) what I lived for as a child,” Chang said.
Only finalization of a city peddler’s license stands between Street Eat’n and being open. And while the truck is insulated, has a generator and the Changs plan to operate the truck year-round, they plan on using this winter as a long-ish soft opening.
Chang says they will be doing events, have talked to some of the places we’ve become used to seeing food trucks at (Wiley’s, outside Avera, outside Wells Fargo, etc.) and plans to be open lunches and late nights.
You can find Street Eat’n on Facebook, at @StreetEatn on Twitter and on Instagram here for a leg up on knowing where and when they’ll be open.
And you can also always count on me to tip you off as well here on Food Falls, or on Twitter @sigepcory.
Chang, who is Chinese and Italian, grew up in New York, was a Marine, lived in Denver and has lived in Sioux Falls for 20 years.
The actual truck is a refurbished Keebler cookies truck what was purchased from Tuscon Motors in Hartford, South Dakota. It was then taken to Minneapolis and Chameleon Concessions for the kitchen and Pixel Werx for the outside graphics.
The logo, or character, on the truck is named “Mao Mao,” which means “Fuzzy,” and was Chang’s father’s nickname growing up.