Perry, the voice behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks.
Another week, another new food truck! To be fair, Moo Shu Grill is not a brand new truck, but has arisen like a phoenix from the ashes of the Fishing Shrimp Truck.
We spoke with co-owner Thomas Yang about why they closed Fishing Shrimp and converted it to Moo Shu Grill. Thomas told us the price of seafood was getting too high to keep lunches within a price range that New Yorkers will pay for lunch.
We love seafood, and are sad to see Fishing Shrimp go to the great food truck graveyard in the sky, but Moo Shu Grill is a worthy successor.
Moo Shu Grill serves small mooshu wraps. They are $4 each or 3 for $9, which is the right size lunch for us.
There are a variety of proteins you can get in a mooshu, but the rest of the fillings are the same.
Each wrap includes cucumber spears, pickled carrots & daikon, and a chili mayo sauce.
Unlike many pickled items, the carrots and daikon were not too sharp or vinegary. In fact they were a bit on the sweet side.
The steak was described as XO Steak on the menu. The steak was sliced thin and tender enough, but it could have used more of a marinade or rub for a stronger flavor. We didn’t really notice any XO sauce.
We had the 5 spice pork once before. At that time, we said it had the same issues as we just mentioned on the steak, not enough spices. They must have listened to our advice, because this time, there was much more of the 5 spice taste that we really enjoy.
The final mooshu was supposed to be tofu, be we ended up with Taiwanese basil chicken instead.
Once again, they need a heavier hand with the herbs and spices. We didn’t get much of a basil flavor.
They are still working out a few kinks, but Moo Shu Grill is a light, refreshing lunch for the dog days of summer.