You work way too hard to let yesterday’s sad, squashed, leftover PB&J be your lunch today. Instead, treat yourself to some fun Asian-fusion food at the Me.n.u food truck. Send out a group text, round up some hungry friends, and take a walk down to University Avenue, the Sony Center, City Hall, or wherever that distinctive black-and-yellow truck happens to be for the ultimate in Toronto meals on wheels.
The menu of Me.n.u (say it like “me and you”) is action-packed and changes often, and there’s never a boring dish in sight. Signature fried rice balls bear kooky names like Angry Birds (with chicken, artichoke, and shiitake mushroom) and Pokéball (spinach, carrots, and three kinds of sausage). But the must-try option is the Smokin’ Peking Duck Poutine, an East-meets-West marriage of tender shredded duck meat with crispy skin and a sprinkle of scallion and cheese, all on the obligatory bed of hearty French fries. Eat with care, or you risk getting a blob of delicious gravy on your work clothes, which would be both a laundry crisis and a tragic waste of gravy. Or, if poutine is guaranteed to make you fall asleep on the job later, maybe try the lighter Roti Taco with chicken satay. The flaky shell gives way to tender, coconutty chicken, a slightly fruity mayo, and refreshing cilantro and slaw.
This trendy little business began when two friends, Allen Tan and Bryan Siu-Chong, traveled the world together. They ate a variety of tasty dishes on their journey and returned to Toronto with an idea for a new twist on Asian-fusion cuisine. Crazily enough, neither of them had any culinary training prior to starting up Me.n.u with a few other buddies. That sense of “anything goes” really comes through in the recipes, which are a refreshing change from the usual round of sandwiches and salads. So when you need to shake things up, venture out to Me.n.u, eat some unique street food, and return to work with a full belly and a renewed sense of inspiration.
To track down the truck, check its website or download the handy Street Food App to discover its whereabouts.