Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Curbside Cantina & Andale! Andale!

Mexican mania is on the move in Malaysia: This month, we welcome & introduce two new businesses that're trying to tempt customers with tacos & salsa, starting with street truck Curbside Cantina.

We found this vibrantly colourful vehicle making its debut at the Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir parking lot, less than a 15-minute drive from KLCC. Its business hours & locations remain uncertain, but it's expected to be near Jalan Tun Perak at lunchtime later this week, with plans to also stake a claim outside GTower & Persiaran Hampshire from time to time. The only way to know for sure is to stalk 'em on Instagram at @CurbsideCantinaKL.

Curbside Cantina crafts mainly Mexican-influenced recipes with love-it-or-hate-it twists, like this chili con carne with Indian papadums instead of tortilla chips. It's no less than what folks might expect from truck owners Tubby & Noreen, the friendly & creative Malaysian couple who founded the late, lamented Pink Sage (they're back! but in a new, leaner incarnation).

Our favourite is the 'cemita' burger, inspired by the Mexican sandwich of that name, comprising chicken with avocado, cheese, herbs & spices for a hearty meal with unique, nicely balanced flavours. Well worth RM10, the cost of each of Curbside Cantina's very reasonably priced offerings. Oh, chicken tacos are also available.

We're less enthusiastic though about these noodles with slow-braised beef, which carried something of an off-putting, almost alkaline flavour. Noreen acknowledges this one isn't exactly Mexican, but the truck is still finding its footing for what'll sell well. We think we'll be seeing & hearing lots more about Curbside Cantina (which can also be hired for events) in the months ahead.

We also bid 'hola' to Andale! Andale!, equally new in the city centre. This one's in the food court of The Intermark on Tun Razak, helmed by another couple, Stephen & Carmela, the English-&-Mexican force behind Terrace At Hock Choon's La Mexicana.

Andale! Andale! adheres to the culinary traditions of Carmela's homeland, dishing out recipes with a home-cooked foundation. Comfort food like pork tenderloin bathed in salsa verde, served with corn-laced rice, carrots & beans. Also very fairly priced at RM11.50 for a substantial portion with plenty of tender meat.

Fish with morita-style chili sauce (RM11.50). Texturally terrific, with a tasty sauce, though the fish had a bit of an odd flavour that could possibly be blamed on storage issues. Customers can also order house-made corn tortillas (RM3.90 for three) to make their own fish or meat tacos with these courses.

Andale! Andale!'s version of 'horchata' - a rice & cinnamon beverage - makes for an absolutely lovely thirst-quencher. Mexican milk cakes & flan both feature on the desserts list.

 Curbside Cantina Food Truck
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Andale! Andale! by La Mexicana
Outside Jaya Grocer, Lower Concourse, The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
Open daily, with last orders probably at 7pm.

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24 comments:

  1. wah, looks nice woh, good concept too~ XD

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    1. Happy walker: yeah, we'll definitely be seeing some more tex-mex food trucks in kl and selangor in the near future :)

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  2. Wonder how's the mexican dessert tastes, you didn't order? :P

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    1. CK: ooo, didn't order here, but the desserts at la mexicana (same head chef who created both menus) are nice. tasty and creamy but not too sweet :)

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    1. The Yum List: hurray for mexican and mexican-inspired cooking :)

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  4. These food trucks are very popular overseas but I don;t think I'd fancy one in our hot tropical weather. If the food is great, I'd probably just tapao home. The name of the 2nd one sounds Indian - ya, prices sure seem more affordable than the more established joints.

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    1. Suituapui: i think the ones so far are trying to cater to the office lunchtime crowd in commercial areas or to night-time dinner crowds in different places. but ya, many customers would just tapao if they live or work nearby :) ooo, i think andale is sorta spanish for cepat, cepat, heh. so yeah, it's more of a quick-service stop for people working in this office building, especially during lunchtime :)

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  5. This is quite an amazing canteen!

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    1. Linda: mouthwatering mexican! :)

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  6. Tried the green salsa pork the other day and wasn't disappointed, will go there again since my office is upstairs. :D

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    1. Ky: that's super-convenient, ya. You could finish the entire menu in less than a week if you had lunch everyday here, heh :)

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  7. Gimme a 'cemita' or 2...or 3! :3

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    1. Ulric: heheh, that was a surprisingly interesting burger. unexpected mix of flavours ... it surprised me in a similar way that thirdwave's goodman burger surprised :)

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    2. Oh yes...the huge tender breast with awesome Tahini sauce n fiery Zhouk...delish! =)

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    3. Ulric: heheh, it's nice when we can still be pleasantly surprised by chicken burgers. kudos to the creators of these recipes who must have worked so hard :)

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    4. I was really surprised with the short but sharp kick of the fiery Zhouk...haha...kudos to those who dare to be different! =)

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    5. Ulric: ya ... keeps us looking forward to what other flavours might surface next ... hopefully not too spicy or fiery ones for me, heh :)

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  8. That's a nice spot at the park. Convenient to just grab a sandwich for a quickie picnic.

    Horchata too sounds like what i will love...actually cinnamon works on me...so anything cinnamon seals the deal.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, i think a mosquito flew around us for a minute, but other than that, it was peaceful and there was a good group of joggers around too :)
      the horchata would be perfect for an afternoon when we need something cool and flavoursome to perk us up! :)

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  9. Love mexicans flavours :D

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, it'd be nice to have more mexican outlets open (beyond just nachos) :D

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  10. How about this?: real Mexican Chef in Malaysia looking for partners... Let's open a REAL taco shop, no more tex mex please!!

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  11. Food Truck participants included; MainelyBurgers, Fishin' Ships, Urban Sugar Mobile Cafe, Best Food Truck In LA

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