Moveable Feast is a street food production company in Silicon Valley. And in true Silicon Valley form, they are complete geniuses. This Labor Day Weekend, these guys partnered with Huy Fong Foods to bring Electronic Sriracha Festival to San Jose, and the crowd went wild.
EDM lovers, food truck fanatics, and Sriracha zealots rejoiced at St. James Park in downtown San Jose, and by rejoiced, we mean that they got decked out in Sriracha swag and raver beads and ate as much hot sauce infused goodness as their little hearts could handle. And trust us, there was a lot of Sriracha infused goodness. Between the 31 trucks in attendance, no two menus looked remotely alike. That is, except for the ingredient of honor. Seeing what these chefs could do with the honorable Huy Fong Foods product was inspiring, to say the least. Lucky for us, the first 8,000 attendees got to take home a bottle of Sriracha memorializing the super spicy weekend.
Each truck had something unique to offer, so we tried to hit as many stops as possible. Here are the highlights, in order from least spicy, to freakin’ out of control grab-a-Kleenex hot.
Truck: Fairy Cakes
What we ate: Mango Sriracha Cupcake Spice Factor: The Sriracha Gods are smiling.
Faircakes, a San Jose cupcake truck, doled out Cinnamon, Mango, Red Velvet, Chocolate Chocolate, and Salted Caramel Chocolate cakes, all made with Sriracha. We opted for Mango on the truck staffs’ recommendation. The cake was ultra moist and the frosting light, with a slight hint of the spicy stuff. You’d think that a hot sauce cupcake would be a try-it-once and now-you-can-say-you’ve-done-it kind of thing, but we’d go back for seconds if it weren’t for the long lineup of other Sriracha-spiked snacks with our name on it.
Truck: Waffle Amore
What we ate: Banana, Sriracha Hot Fudge & Sriracha Whipped Cream Waffle Spice Factor: We see what you did there!
Speaking of things with our name on it, we were thrilled to see Waffle Amore sporting the Roaming Hunger sticker and even more stoked about their insane menu. Sriracha hot fudge? Yes please. Sriracha Whipped Cream? We give up! The hot fudge, which can often be tooth-aching sweet, was rich and almost mole-like while the whipped cream was mellow with a slight spice factor. The Chile-vinegar combo that makes Sriracha so addicting lent a tingly accent to the whip. Who knew that banana and Sriracha were a match made in heaven? We’re definitely trying this at home.
Truck: 3 Brothers Kitchen
What we ate: Electronic Sriracha 3BK Tacos Spice Factor: That tickles!
This was the shrimp taco of shrimp tacos. With crunchy cabbage, freakishly fresh shrimp, chipotle mayo, and a generous Sriracha drizzle, it was utterly perfect. Also on the menu were Sriracha Mai Tai Wings, which should probably replace Buffalo Wings at sports bars everywhere.
Truck: Frozen Kuhsterd
What we ate: Sriracha Chocolate Custard Spice Factor: Where Did That Come From?!
It’s nearly 90 degrees. You’ve been eating Sriracha all day. The Frozen Kuhsterd truck is in your line of sight. It’s a must have, given the circumstances. Such was our experience, but we weren’t about to back down now, so we got the Chocolate Sriracha flavor. At first, it tastes like any other frozen chocolaty dessert. The cold hits you, then the chocolate, then, what’s that? Oh crap that’s hot! The Sriracha creeps up on you and then punches you where it hurts – your taste buds. It’s strangely refreshing and entirely amazing. We vote for keeping it on the menu. The world must know!
Truck: Madd Mex Cantina
What We Ate: Sriracha Grilled Frog Legs Spice Factor: Better grab some water…
Okay, here’s the kicker, literally. Madd Mex Cantina serves San Diego inspired fare, which apparently includes none other than FROG LEGS! We were already going all out in Sriracha department, so it only seemed natural to ditch our judgments and give these a try. Good thing too, because frog legs are uh-mazing. The honey Sriracha glaze made the outside nice and crispy and seeped into the meat, making it juicy and tender. The white meat tasted like a mix between chicken and fish and pulled apart easily with a fork. Despite the little toes that were left in tact on Kermit’s feet, we’d definitely eat this again, Sriracha and all.
Truck: Road Dogs
What We Ate: Kamikaze Fries Spice Factor: No seriously, where’s the effing water?
The Kamikaze Fries sounded innocent enough. Deep fried French fries topped with caramelized onion, diced bacon, roasted seaweed, teriyaki sauce, mayo, and Sriracha sauce? Yes please! We’re not entirely sure what they did back there, but what came out of the pickup window was a true work of art. The fries were somehow crispy but gooey, soaking in the juicy goodness of all the toppings. This was majorly spicy stuff. The flakes of roasted seaweed on top put us over the edge, making us wonder if Animal Fries know what they’re up against.
Truck: Foodie Call
What We Ate: Sriracha Bacon Mac-A-Reno Spice Factor: Sound the alarm! We’ve got a live one!
Foodie Call takes home first place for spiciest, most bizarre, please-sir-can-we-have-s’more dish. The Sriracha Bacon Mac-A-Reno is a Chile Relleno stuffed with bacon mac-n-cheese and topped with New Mexico Sriracha sauce. There was heat in every nook and cranny of this thing. The mac was creamy with little bacon surprises woven in and the pepper held everything together, adding a little kick too. And that sauce? That sauce should be bottled and sold, except that we’d probably buy every one on the shelf. All in all, it was one delicious weekend. Seeing (and tasting) what the Bay Area’s finest could do with Sriracha was weird, mouth watering, and all around awesome. The EDM music provided the perfect backdrop for frog leg munching and Sriracha custard licking. It was, hands down, the place to be in San Jose, and we’re so glad we got to take a bite. – Bay Area guest contributor, Sienna Mintz