Thanks to your responses last week on my reader survey (you can still fill it out!), I noticed one particularly enthusiastic request for "more food trucks!" I am thrilled to share my most recent food truck find with an understated disposition. After a tasty craft cocktail at one of Austin's (and Texas') top new bars of the year, Whisler's, Erin and I walked out the back door at 9:30 p.m. to unexpectedly run into the Dumpling Happiness food truck. Well...of course we had to try it. The airstream trailer under-ratedly retreated to the bar's backyard with a tiny menu taped to the ordering window. We proceeded with full stomachs and very hungry eyes.
The laid-back dude behind the window was such a sweetheart, allowing to try half an order of dumplings since we already had a full meal and a few cocktails under our belts. He suggested his favorite: Pork & Ginger with "happiness sauce." Once we paid, he asked for our numbers. A bit unusual, but we were extremely excited to receive a text message five minutes later with the message, "Your dumplings are ready!!" How adorable.
A piping hot order arrived. The wheat wrapper was lightly crisp on the surface (which I never see in dumplings these days), and the ginger definitely came through in each bite. And, since you were wondering, the sauce did invoke happiness.
It's true. Dumpling Happiness turned me into a proclaimed dumpling lover. I believe one gravitating bite will convert you without a fight.