Spices food truck worth the wait

Perkedel lacks potato flavor

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Indo potatoes for an appetizer and hibachi steak and shrimp cost $17. Amber suggests not getting the potatoes or perkedel

Spices is a relatively new food truck. It showed up toward the beginning of this past April, but I didn’t notice it until early summer. I generally love Asian food, and Spices is Japanese-Indonesian fusion, so I was excited to try it. I’ve been back several times since then, but, just especially for the food review, I decided to try something a little different.

Bruce, my fellow food reviewer, and I went about lunchtime, and there were already two or three groups of people waiting on their food. The two guys who work at Spices are always extremely friendly, and today was no exception.

I ordered Indo potatoes for an appetizer and hibachi steak and shrimp for the entrée.

Indo Potatoes, which perkedel is its actual Indonesian name, are super fluffy potatoes with white onions and green onions that have been made into patties and deep-fried. I expected them to be really greasy, but the outer layer wasn’t greasy at all. The overall taste was just OK. They were too fluffy to get nice and crispy, which is what I think of when I think of a deep fried potato. The actual potato inside was sort of bland. I could taste the white onion and green onion, but not the actual potato. I love potatoes, so that was a problem for me. All in all, I don’t think I would actually order these again.

Normally, I go for the steak fried rice, but I wanted to switch things up for the food review, so I decided to try their hibachi steak and shrimp, which comes with a side of fried rice, vegetables and yummy yummy sauce.

I adore their steak. It’s filled with natural steak flavor with just a hint of Asian spice, and it’s always cooked perfectly. Their shrimp were perfect little circles of pink that basically just oozed goodness. Obviously, I really enjoyed the meat.

Their fried rice is always really good. The fried rice always has some egg, carrots and usually some white onion and/or green onion in it. I will say that I can never eat just plain fried rice because it tastes weird to me. I have to drown it in yummy yummy sauce and soy sauce, but that isn’t their fault; that’s a personal hang up, and their rice really is awesome even covered in two different sauces.

My one complaint about the entrée is that there were too many vegetables with not enough variety. The vegetables included onions, broccoli, carrots and some other veggie that for the life of me I could not identify. And this mixture was mostly onions. There were maybe two or three stalks of broccoli (and if I’m being honest, I’m not entirely too sad about that), and five or six slices of carrot (and I really like carrots, so I was sad about that). I love onions, but come on. I need more veggies to feel like I’m at least attempting some form of healthy eating.

For all of this food, and trust me, it was A LOT of food, I paid around $19. The perkedel was $4.99, and the hibachi steak and shrimp was $11.99. It seems like quite a bit, but keep in mind, most of the time, I wouldn’t get an appetizer, so I would be paying 12 bucks for more food than I can eat in one sitting.

Overall, I will for sure go back, and continue to try to branch out.

If you want to check out Spices, the food truck is located on West Main street across from the WalMart Neighborhood Market.

 

Venturing out beyond the usual pays off in tek’ tek noodles

Spices is a food truck on West Main street, across from the WalMart Neighborhood Market. Being a food truck, it’s pretty easy to miss.

Amber, my fellow food reviewer, and I got to Spices around noon. When we got there, three groups of people were already there. Two groups were sitting at some of the tables that they put out, eating their meals, while the other was waiting for food. The staff at Spices has always been absolutely amazing. This trip was no exception.

After a few minutes of looking at the menu, we both decided on what we wanted and decided to order. I decided that Amber and I should venture out and that, while I wasn’t going to be super adventurous with this meal, we both had to try something new. I ordered the beefy noodle tek’tek as well as an order of the spring rolls.

The beefy noodle tek’tek is a dish that consists of ramen noodles, onion, celery, lettuce, beef and a lime wedge. While it may seem like an odd combination, it makes for a delectable meal. Along with the dish, comes a side container of siracha sauce, as well as a small packet of soy sauce. In all honesty, while I enjoy both sauces, the dish is so amazing, that I feel like adding anything else gives it too much flavor.

The spring rolls, while good, were not the greatest thing I’ve ever eaten. They were a little crunchier than I would have preferred and had a overtly smoky flavor. That being said, they came with a honey dipping sauce that made them worth it. One order of spring rolls comes with 5 spring rolls and for an appetizer, it’s pretty filling.

Every time I have ordered the beefy noodle tek’tek, there has been so much food, that I am full before the meal is halfway over. This time was no exception. However, I pushed through it in order to give you the best review that I could.

I spent around $16 for the food, which may seem like a lot, but for the amount of food I got was well worth it. I spent $9.50 on the beefy noodle tek’tek (definitely worth every penny), and $4.50 on the spring rolls.

I will definitely be returning to Spices soon, and I urge you to give them a try!

Amber Appleby
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Amber Appleby is the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Arka Tech. Amber is a graduate student at Tech working on earning her Masters degree in liberal arts. She loves coffee, reading, and cats.