The Li siblings work hard and take their business seriously. It takes many hours of prepping, planning, coordinating, social networking, and serving to make a food truck and new restaurant successful.
Besides Irene's brief time as a line cook, none of the siblings had worked in the back of the house of a restaurant or received any formal training in the culinary arts. So, how did they decide to own and operate their own food truck in such a competitive market? They love food, they love farms, they love their family and heritage. Those passions coupled with Mei's business background, Andy's restaurant management experience, and Irene's time living on a farm were all they needed to create the juggernaut that is Mei Mei Street Kitchen.
Food trucks have become very popular in cities worldwide. It used to be that one could only commonly get hot dogs or shwarma from a food truck. Now, one can get gourmet French food, barbecued ribs, and, with Mei Mei Street Kitchen, locally-sourced Chinese American inspired cuisine. Mei Mei Street Kitchen's delicious ever-changing menu features fun names and descriptions that keep the wait for food entertaining.
For instance, one can choose from the Magical Kale Salad, which we learn to make on the show, or the Banh Mei made with local ham and housemade pate on a scallion pancake. During the week, Twitter is the best way to find out where food trucks will be during meal times. On Sundays, over 25 food trucks can be found congregating at the SoWa Open Market in Boston. The SoWa Open Market is a destination for street food from all over the world. Biryani-to-go, Korean bi bim bap, Mexican tortas, and Mei Mei Street Kitchen's Double Awesome sandwich (housemade pesto, Vermont cheddar, and two fried eggs on a scallion pancake) are just a few of the many options to choose from.
At the SoWa Open Market, one is guaranteed to find original, handmade items between the food truck market, the farmers' market, and the arts market. In addition to produce, the farmers' market has independent purveyors of salsas, hot sauces, flower arrangements, sandwiches, and dog treats. The arts market has all sorts of arts and crafts, ranging from photography and paintings to quirky handmade tote bags and one-of-a-kind doll clothes. There are lots of open markets around the world, but the SoWa Open Market is truly a unique place with purveyors offering an array of original and locally made products and food items. It was the perfect place for Mei, Andy, and Irene to test their Mei Mei Street Kitchen on people looking to try new things and our lives are more Double Awesome for it.
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