Street Eats: Empanadas & 5-Spice Fries From The Supreme Burger Truck

(credit: NYSF)
(credit: NYSF)

As we wrote about recently, the Rhong-Tiam Supreme Burger Truck is now simply the Supreme Burger Truck. But there’s more to the changes than just the name. There’s been a change in ownership, as well as on the menu.

These days there is a definite Latin flavor emanating from the Supreme Burger Truck, to go along with the Asian influences that are still there.

To taste a little of each type, we recently got 3 empanadas and an order of 5-spice fries. Empanadas may be Latin on the outside, but these were definitely Asian on the inside.

(credit: NYSF)
(credit: NYSF)

The 5-spice fries smelled so good, we attacked them first. A small order costs $3.50 and a large order is $5.50. Our regular readers know how much we like 5-spice powder, and to put it on fries was an interesting idea.

It ended up a little curious though. The initial bites of the fries had the potato and 5-spice flavor, but it faded quickly.

(credit: NYSF)
(credit: NYSF)

We don’t know if they need to add more 5-spice powder, or if the spice just isn’t strong enough to stand up to the absorption of flavors that potatoes take. Hopefully they simply need a heavier hand on the spices.

This was the case with some of the empanadas, but not all.

(credit: NYSF)
yellow curry chicken (credit: NYSF)

The yellow curry chicken empanada had pieces of solid chicken in a mild curry flavored, thick sauce. Pretty tasty, but a heavier hand on the curry would have been appreciated.

The lemongrass chicken was comprised of ground chicken, which we’re not usually crazy about in a dumpling, empanada or momo.  It’s difficult to keep ground chicken interesting, and lemongrass is not one of our favorite flavor either, so this was our least favorite of the three.

(credit: NYSF)
lemongrass chicken (credit: NYSF)

In our opinion, the basil beef (below) was the most interesting of the empanadas. While the beef was ground too, it was seasoned with basil, peppers and onions, which made for a pretty good empanada.

The empanadas cost $5 each, which is a lot for an empanada, but these were larger than your usual empanada. We wouldn’t normally get 3 for lunch, but wanted to check them all out. 2 would be enough for most people for lunch.

You can find the Supreme Burger Truck on twitter here or on our Mobile Munchies twitter feed.

basil beef (credit: NYSF)
basil beef (credit: NYSF)

 

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