Food Truck Culture in Bengaluru

Food Truck Culture in Bengaluru

There is a saying, as you migrate one carries its cultural identity and food along with them. As we human keep moving from one place to another, our food should also move right...

As our lives get busier, our spanning time for non-creational activities reduces. We can’t always afford to park in to a restaurant and savor our breakfast or lunch. We need something quick and fulfilling, thus bring the concept of food truck.

Food Trucks are basically mobile kitchens mounted in a truck or van. It’s a part of street food culture where you can grab quick bite and move on. They serve limited items in the menu, so the commuter has to spend less time on deciding the dish. And it’s easy for the food truck to prepare dishes in no time.

We can see growing trend of food truck in Namma Bengaluru. There are new food trucks sprouting out in every part of the city, transforming the city's street food scene. They provide everything from delicious South Indian breakfast to Desi Chinese and pizza, providing every type of cuisine.

Why there is sudden boom in the food truck industry in Bengaluru?

One reason can be traced down is due to COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Many hotels were shut down due to various rental issues, loan repayment, staff shortage, and customers. Further many lost during the lockdown, which motivated people start their new venture in food industry.

“Getting a truck or a van setup for food preparation is inexpensive compare setting up of a hotel. The investment on interiors, electricity, and maintenance is very nominal”, said one of the food truck owner.  There were many food trucks post-COVID, as new ones are coming up they becoming trending among the masses too.

Many social media platforms like Instagram and YouTube are covering food show casing their unique menu. One such food truck which I recently came across was in Banashankari 3rd Stage’s Food Street called Local Panda, it was a tempo traveler modified into a food truck, they serving some amazing Chinese and South-east Asian food. It was a small setup everything was arranged in a manner that it was in chefs reach. Once I placed the order the food was served in no time. Another food truck now a food outlet Galli Kitchen started serving vegetarian Mangalore cuisine, they bought some authentic dishes like Mangalore Buns, Neer Dose with bela kai and Halbai to a food truck. It was started by a Kannada Actor, which became a means to his survival in difficult times. And, it was hit among the locals.

When asked about food truck culture from a Bengaluru-based YouTuber Shudh Desi Foodies said “it is the best way to experiment with the food, and the judge is the customer, if customer likes it, it is a success. Plus you can customize the food of your choice and when it comes to cost its quite cheaper when compare to hotels. This makes a customer happy about it.”

It is also important to note that starting a food truck in Bengaluru is not easy, with lot of licenses and certificates from various government department, also discourages them. There are lot of issues with consistency in food, and hygiene maintenance. One can also see poor waste management; plates can be seen lying on the roads. And, it also contributes towards traffic jam in city like Bengaluru already infamous for it, pointed by Food blogger the.browine.guy aka Rahul.

Nevertheless, Bengalurians are gasto-advanturous, and uniqueness is the key to attract them.  They are even ready to wake up at 4 in the morning to savor good food.  With such attitude to try, and rise of social media, more such cultures are going to up in the future.

Unique Food Trucks in Bengaluru

Here are few recommendations of food truck to try out.

Mr.& Ms. Corn, VV Puram

Started by two Engineers, Mr. & Ms Corn serves simple but delicious dishes out of organic sweet corn which are directly sourced from local farmers. They are located next to Jain College in VV Puram. One must try their Tandoori Steamed Corn, Crispy Peri-Peri Corn, and Masala Candy Corn.

Local Panda, Banashankari

A food truck located in New Food Street in Banshankari 3rd Stage, Local Panda brings down the authentic flavors of South East Asian delicacies. From their past experience in cloud-kitchen they started this food truck top-notch hospitality and hygiene. They offer amazing combos at very reasonable prices.

Do try their Thai Green Curry with Rice, Butter Garlic Noodles and Peking Baby corn.

Galli Kitchen, Rajarajeshwari Nagar

This is the first food truck in Banshankari 3rd Stage, and it contributed towards the new food street. As they have shifted to a new outlet, they still operate from a food truck in Rajarajeshwari Nagar. They became popular among the masses because of bringing South Canara delicacies to the streets of Bengaluru.

Must try dishes are Sabakki isli, Neer dose with kai bela, and Mangalore buns.

Amma’s Italian Pizza, Koramangala

A pizza truck run by a woman entrepreneur is really inspiring. What’s more interesting is her passion for cooking and giving mothers’ touch to the food. The pizza is handmade by the aunty. The pizza is served at very affordable price, and if you are near koramangala, do try their veg and cheese burst pizza.