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The Chirba Chirba Dumpling Truck just pulled up outside my office, and I couldn’t resist the charm of its mascot. Painted on the side of the yellow truck, the smiling, plump, cartoon dumpling seemed to say “please eat me… I am so scrumptious and cheerful.”
Chirba Chirba’s menu is short and sweet, featuring three types of dumplings – two meaty, and one vegan. Called “Veggie-lings,” the vegan dumplings are moist and savory, containing seasoned mixed vegetables, mushrooms, and soy sheet. A pineapple salsa tops off the dumplings, adding a sweet complementary flavor. The truck also offers a vegan side item, máo dòu, which is your typical salty edamame appetizer. Several complimentary self-serve sauces allow you to customize your meal.
I spoke to Chela Tu, one of the truck’s four co-founders, about the beginnings of Chirba Chirba. She said the truck was the brainchild of her group of friends, all of whom have strong ties to China and a love of dumplings. They chose the name “Chirba Chirba” because it means “Eat, eat!” in Mandarin Chinese, sort of like the expression “Mangia, mangia!” in Italian. The truck is only about ten weeks old, and the Durham-based group is still getting the hang of things in the food truck world, but already has plans to expand the menu. The next addition will be a gluten-free dumpling option, Tu says.
I’ve written about my love of Delight Soy before, and their recipe for chicken salad is Grade A faux-meat. You’ll need to use a food processor to shred the chicken, celery, and green onions. If you can’t get your hands on some Delight Soy, use Gardein faux chicken strips.
Here is the chicken salad recipe reposted from the Delight Soy website:
- 10.5 ounce package Delight Soy nuggets, chopped
- 1 cup celery, diced
- 1/4 cup green onion, chopped fine
- 3/4 cup soy mayonnaise (I used Vegenaise)
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional – I left them out)
- dash salt
- dash black pepper
- Heat Delight Soy nuggets in microwave or oven until thawed (per package instructions)
- Cut Delight Soy nuggets into strips and place in food processor
- Coarsely chop Delight Soy Nuggets in the food processor. Be careful not to grind the nuggets too fine
- Wash and dice celery, then coarsely chop it in the food processor.
(NOTE: Dice celery before food processing to prevent stringiness.)
- Chop green onions and walnuts.
- Place Soy Mayonnaise in a mixing bowl, add black pepper and optional dash of salt.
Mix well with a wire wisk or a fork.
- Put all ingredients into the bowl with the soy mayonnaise and mix well.
Serve as a sandwich, in a pita, on top of a green salad, or any way you like.
I forgot to brown-bag it for lunch today, so I decided to treat myself to a pizza from Mellow Mushroom. I used to looooove their Avocado Hoagie with provolone, mayo, and sprouts. And their cinnamon sugar pretzels are to die for. When I went veeg, I was surprised to learn that they have vegan cheese available on their “build-your-own” salads and pizzas. I called in a takeout order today and got a pizza with red sauce, vegan mozzarella (they use Daiya brand cheese), sun-dried tomatoes, onions, and fresh basil. Kyle, who answered my call, asked me if I was lactose-intolerant, because if I was, they would leave off the butter and parmesan they put on all their crusts. Wow, way to be on the ball, Kyle! Thank you for saving me from that stomachache. My pizza was delicious! And huge! It will probably last me three more meals. Mmmmm…