The Roaming Dragon brings pan-Asian food to the streets
The Roaming Dragon serves pan-Asian delights like Fried Rice Balls, Chinese Pork Belly Sliders, Asian Duck Confit Salad and my two lunch choices, Japanese Chicken Karaage and Korean Short Rib Tacos.
The truck is striking, with a black dragon ready to take flight from the sides of the red and gold food machine. Inside you will find a very complete kitchen pumping out delicious gourmet food for hungry Vancouverites. Also located inside the belly of the Roaming Dragon is the incredible staff. Everyone has a smile and helpful recommendations for customers who are unsure of what they should try first.
The Chicken Karaage consisted of chicken thigh marinated in soy and sake, deep fried and served with a passion fruit and palm sugar sauce over rice. It is sweet and savoury with a nice amount of crunch. The passion fruit and palm sugar sauce is amazing and soaks down into the rice, making it much tastier than plain rice.
The Korean Short Rib Tacos were a revelation. Two soft tortillas filled with juicy, melt-in-your-mouth slow braised Korean marinated short ribs with shredded carrots and nori, sesame-sauteed spinach, shiitake mushrooms and kimchi dressing. I had tried these tacos back in August of last year and the nori was a single piece used to line the tortilla which created a tectonic shift of taco innards that slid out the back but this has been rectified in a way that keeps the nori and stops the slide. The short rib was tender and flavourful and all the ingredients blend together in a very fresh and satisfying bite.
The Roaming Dragon had simply amazing food at really affordable prices. Most items were around $6, or you could get any two items for $10, or any three for $15. You can also find The Roaming Dragon at the Vancouver Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium from time to time. Check their Twitter account or their website for details. They are available for catering as well.