New Food: The Taza Truck

Word around town was that the Taza Truck, a new food truck serving authentic Egyptian dishes, is a fantastic place to grab lunch. Taza, meaning fresh, is an apt name for the food truck.

Truck.jpgI ventured to the Stabler Corporate Center, home of several businesses like Olympus, the truck was visibly crisp looking, as if it had just emerged from a professional waxing, it was very fresh indeed. It was swarmed by at least a dozen business-types, all wearing suits, blazers, with a buzzing drone of business-themed banter about meetings and intra-office gossip. Not the place I’d expect to find gourmet-quality food. But the smells being emitted, and the smiles on the faces of the people forking up arnabit on the benches next to the walking path were clear signs that I was at the right place.

Owner/chefs Hala and Tim are both PhDs and professors at Lehigh University, but both have a long history in preparing quality food. Tim grew up working in his parents’ restaurant, and Hala has been passionate about serving her mother’s traditional Egyptian foods for years. The food they serve is often vegetarian and gluten free, which is sure to draw many mindful eaters. But I wanted to know, how good could this be? I’ve had traditional and authentic homemade Egyptian food before, could food from a truck really stand the test?

Kofta_Sandwich.jpgThey have a rotating set of dishes, including Chicken Shawarma Sandwich, Egyptian Fried Chicken, Kushari and several others. I settled on the Kofta Sandwich, and a serving of baba ganoush. The beef kofta was tender and wrapped in a pita with tahini, tomatoes and onion. What's important was that it was thoroughly delicious and contained two sizeable chunks of tender meat, crisped lightly on the outside. I have had Egyptian baba ganoush before. If you haven't, I'd suggest you get your hands on some, and Taza's baba ganoush is some of the best I have ever had. For those who aren't familiar, baba ganoush is similar to hummus, but instead of a chick pea base, it is made with eggplant. Taza has a notably thick baba ganoush, with tender fibers of eggplant still present in the creamy concoction. If this is any sign of Taza's attention to detail, I'd venture to guess that they can provide a formidable hummus as well.

The wait was not short, but as Hala put quite plainly, "it's very much worth the wait." I do not disagree, it's a strong contender for best lunch stop in the area. I'll make a return trip shortly to sample the arnabit and ful.

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