Meat Truck With Low Carb Option Rolls Into SC

Hiyaaa pulls into the Mobile Gourmet’s food truck event on Wednesday in front of Hiller Aviation Museum, ready to serve up Asian fusion fare that’s all about protein.

While the sandwiches are inspired by Vietnamese Bahn Mi (a Nom Nom specialty), owner Sun Chang says Hiyaaa’s food is actually very different.  “Our sandwiches are really rich,” Chang explained during a break in service. “We use richly marinated meats that have a little fat for taste.”

Sun is Korean.  Her husband is Chinese and Vietnamese.  No surprise Hiyaaa’s menu is a melting pot of Asian flavors which infuse their most popular proteins: spicy pork, Korean Barbequed beef known as Bul-kogi and lemon grass chicken, although they also serve an Indian style curry chicken.

Hiyaaa is especially popular with 20-something men.  “Basically, we started off as a meat truck,” Chang said.

After working as a graphic designer for a bio tech company, the soon-to-be-40 Chang decided a radical change was in order.  “This is my mid-life project,” she joked. “I’ve always cooked so this just made sense.” So Chang took a risk and invested in her dream, creating the eye popping comic inspired logo and exterior design of the truck.

Chang launched Hiyaaa three months ago with the idea that she’d serve everything on a sandwich roll, but the menu quickly evolved to include rice plates and salads.

While working out with a trainer, Chang got to talking about diets which prompted a discussion of Hiyaaa’s menu.  “The trainer suggested I think about having a lower carb option,” Chang said.  The choice gives people who want to eat light an alternative among the food trucks, where caloric caution is, well, beside the point.

For those who could care less about counting carbs, Hiyaaa’s sandwich rolls are baked in San Francisco at a Vietnamese bakery Chang prefers to keep secret.  “They’re perfect – crispy on top and soft in the middle,” Chang said.  She dabs a little butter on each roll, then toasts it briefly before serving.

In the mood for meat? Try the $9 sandwich with a ½ pound of meat stuffed into an 8 inch baguette.

Not feeling the meat? No problem, there’s a vegetarian mushroom option.

Can’t decide? Try the sample plate:  a 3-inch mini roll/curry chicken over rice/spicy pork over salad.

Other Food Trucks Scheduled for 9/7, 11am-2pm:  Nom Nom, Whisk, Naked Chorizo, Speedy Panini & Lobster Shack

Covered outdoor seating at Fly Me to the Food in front of Hiller Aviation Museum

Location:  601 Skyway Road, San Carlos (just east of 101, just south of Holly)

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