On a beautiful Saturday summer afternoon Adrian and I headed down Robson street to try out a funky little food cart.
I would give better directions but I think “funky animated chicken in a wrap outside the art gallery” is good enough!
Dan and Sammy, the owners of Eat Chicken Wrap, greeted us warmly and after our order I realized that they offer free peanuts to munch on while you wait! Not wanting to have anything on my palette before my wraps I decided to opt out on them (this time, I WILL be back) but I thought it was a super cute touch.
Here we go, first thing we ordered was the Hoisin Chicken roll (if you aren’t a chicken fan, I guess you should know by now that isn’t the place for you, but they do have vegetarian options available). The first thing you’ll notice is that instead of a corn or flour tortilla, everything is wrapped in a Chinese pancake (whhaat?!). Normally Chinese pancakes are a little on the oily side for me, and I wouldn’t have imagined it to be the outside for a wrap but I was pleasantly surprised. The skin was crispy and with the freshness of the veggies and tenderness of the chicken, it all balanced nicely! I initially thought the size was a little small but by the end of it I was full. Definitely a good choice if you’re hungry.
I love the cute packaging and it came with a wet napkin (how considerate ).
Round two, we ordered the Kung Pao Chicken and the special Poutine Al Pastor that is solely for social media followers.
I couldn’t decide whether the Hoisin wrap or the lettuce wrap took the cake for me more, but in the end this one won me over. For a couple of reasons really:
A) This reminds me of a dish I would often get at Chinese restaurants, usually alongside Peking Duck, it comes in a lettuce wrap as well only the inside would be veggies and minced pork.
B) It’s refreshing, with the hot summer heat this was a nice light meal to have.
C) LOOK HOW CUTE IT FITS IN YOUR HAND!
Also, the texture really surprised me. Inside was well seasoned Kung Pao chicken, peanuts, corn and noodle crisps all wrapped in a few lettuce leaves in case something should fall out. The flavours were a little spicy so if you can’t handle any at all I guess you’re missing out!
Finally, the poutine. Now I know this was Adrian’s favourite, unfortunately it fell a little shorter on the list for me. Tomatoes, cilantro, grilled chicken, cheese and what I believe was mayo seasoned with cayenne, it was a great combination but the lettuce and Chinese pancake completely stole the show for me.
Overall, the food was good, the cart was easy to recognize and there were creative combinations, I would recommend people giving it a shot!