Many years ago in 2009, when the gourmet food truck game was starting to evolve, my brother and I became huge fans of Don Chow. It is a food truck run by two USC grads that combines Chinese and Mexican food and their slogan is "where Chino meets Latino" (which actually also describes my brother perfectly). On weekends we would head out to Venice just to catch the truck, talk to Dom (one of the owners), eat some chow fun, tortas, and of course, the famous Chimale.
It was that same Chimale that would land Dom and Don Chow on Lifetime's new competition show Supermarket Superstar which aired a few weeks back. The Chimales were so good, that Dom ended up winning the episode, and has a chance at getting them distributed in grocery stores. As I watched the episode, it was so exciting to see just how far Don Chow had come, and selfishly I was excited at the idea of being able to get my hands on some Chimales from the grocery store because I hadn't eaten one in over three years. With life and work getting in the way, it isn't that easy for me to get out to LA at night, so I found myself too far from the truck, but often craving a Chimale.
A chimale is a Chinese tamale, which means that it is prepared and steamed the same way as a traditional tamale, but it is stuffed with BBQ pork or kung pao chicken. They are ridiculously good. They also have kung pao and BBQ pork tacos, which are good too, but nothing tops the Chimale.
Fast forward to earlier today when I saw that they were going to be in Valencia at the revamped car wash across from the mall that is now called Town Center Auto Spa (seriously how many variations of car wash has this place been already). I headed right over, and sure enough, there was the Don Chow truck. It seems that every weekend this car wash is going to host food trucks for people to enjoy while they wait for their car to be done. Don Chow doesn't come to town regularly like some other trucks, but be sure to visit them on FB and on Twitter and hopefully we will see them again soon! In the meantime, I've learned that you can follow Town Center Auto Spa and they'll tweet out the names of the food trucks that will be there the following weekend.
I have a car wash membership at the Auto Spa, so I didn't wash my car here. I just parked in the adjacent lot and walked. It was fine. There weren't any car wash customers eating there anyway. The car wash set up a shaded table area near the truck, so I'm assuming everyone is welcome.