Fugu truck is a Boston food truck specializing in authentic asian cuisine. They’re relatively new to the food truck scene here, starting up earlier this spring.
Last summer I was lucky enough to spend several Wednesdays sampling the Fugu truck during their lunch hours parked at Cleveland Circle. As an added bonus, I got to sample even more of their dishes while being interviewed for Fugu Truck’s feature on Eat St!
About Fugu Truck
Fugu truck was started by Chef Bing, whose nostalgia for the street food of Asia inspired him to re-create his favorite dishes from home for Boston bellies. Bing originally studied engineering in university, but upon graduating decided to follow his foodie dreams by studying at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. After working at some impressive restaurants in Paris and NYC, Bing came to Boston, where he jumped on the idea of starting an asian-inspired food truck after witnessing the food truck explosion at SOWA.
Fugu Truck aims to bring authentic Asian cuisine to the city streets, using locally sourced ingredients. They’ve had enormous success since their opening with inspired, creative dishes.
The Fugu truck gets its namesake from the fugu fish, an Asian delicacy that can be poisonous if not served properly, requiring great skill and expertise to prepare correctly. As the Fugu truck team notes, while they themselves don’t serve the fugu fish, “it embodies the discipline, dedication, and sophistication we hope to bring to our dishes!” As the staff is comprised of mostly engineering students, it’s no surprise that their dishes are prepared with nearly scientific precision.
Fugu Truck Dishes
Pork (Belly) Buns
Fugu’s Pork Belly Buns features double braised pork belly between fluffy buns with sweet bean spread and scallions. I also caught them when they were serving shredded pork buns. While the buns were soft and the bean spread was a great accent to the meat, the pork belly meat was too fatty for my taste, although it’s a favorite of most Fugu regulars. I preferred the classic pork buns myself.
Kimchi Bulgogi Panini
The Kimchi Bulgogi Panini is a compilation of cabbage, bulgogi, crispy bread, and melty cheese. Tasty, but I prefer dishes with less bread. Still good though, especially for kimchi lovers.
Here we come to Fugu’s noodle bowls, featuring cold sesame or peanut noodles with your choice of sauce, spice, pork, and a veggie mix of cucumber, carrots, and other herbs. The pork was plentiful and perfectly spiced. While it’s pretty comparable to Bon Me’s bowls, it’s still a recommended choice.
Mango Coconut Rice Pudding
This one really got me excited – my first sample of rice pudding, and what a great introduction it was. Fugu’s mango coconut rice pudding is the perfect warm weather desert, a sweet and cool snack. The sweet mango goes perfectly with the creamy coconut rice pudding.
Bi Bim Bap
This dish features korean-style rice mixed with meat, vegetables, and sweet pepper sauce. Always a solid option, and a serving big enough to fill the belly.
Don’t let the name fool you – these are in no way related to those lame cardboard-like dry rice cakes that diet enthusiasts chomp on. These little dumpling-esk rice cakes feature a crispy outside with soft and chew innards. The rice cakes sit on a delicious bed of shredded pork, jalapeño, and sweet pepper sauce. Really loved this one – a great choice. The meat is divine!
Can’t find a pic of this, although I could have sworn I took one… I’ll add it if I find it folks!
These gorgeous sushi-style rolls contain egg, pickled radish, and bulgogi beef. Top notch presentation and taste!
The Glories of a Rotating Menu
Fugu truck is always changing up their dishes, which means food truck fans have something new to try with every visit. Of course as a result, this means that some (or even most) of the dishes I showed today probably won’t be available. The good news is Fugu isn’t likely to disappoint, whatever you get. I will simply say that Fugu absolutely excels with meat – you’ll love their shredded anything, and their bulgogi meat is supreme.
As always, we’d love to hear about your Fugu truck experience in the comments!