Yum! I can't say I've ever heard of them [pierogi] as an entree.. however I've
made them (from frozen) as such.
The People Need Pierogi!
Polish Food Trucks in America
Author: Natalia Mętrak Published: Mar 4 2020
"In the past decade, food trucks have gotten increasingly popular in
Poland – and it’s no surprise, since Poles are open to new cuisines and
like to experiment. What better (and cheaper) way is the to introduce a
new cuisine than to serve it from a small, moving kitchen? The rise of
food festivals and ‘breakfast markets’ has allowed us – at least those of
us living in bigger cities – to sample original concepts such as Japanese
takoyaki, Dutch pancakes or Cuban sandwiches. Food trucks have familiarised
Poles with cuisines from around the globe. But what about the other way around?
The idea of a food truck is, of course, not Polish, nor European: it stems from the
American dining traditions of chuck wagons, which served cowboys, and pushcarts
which served urban workers (and are still a staple in cities like New York and Chicago).
And that is precisely where we found the best Polish food trucks. Here’s our selection
of mobile pierogi, kiełbasa and gołąbki joints from across the pond!
Poles take over the East Coast
Launched in 2013, Old Traditional Polish Cuisine truck prides itself on being
the only Polish food truck in New York City. Every day, somewhere on the island
of Manhattan, you can sample traditional Polish-American cuisine, including smoked
kielbasa sausage, flaczki (Polish tripe soup), żurek (sour rye soup with sausage
and egg), as well as pierogi. One of the owners, Ewa, explains:
'Polish food is definitely getting popular, however, it still seems to be an underdog
and not everyone knows about it. We are thrilled to be able to provide classic Polish
home cooked food like our grandma used to make. (…) We love to celebrate and s
howcase our Polish roots especially during Polish American Heritage Month [October];
National Pierogi Day [October], and Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday with pączki.'
The most popular dish on Old Traditional Polish Cuisine’s menu is the ‘Lite Combo’,
which consists of ‘Smokin' Hot Grilled Kielbasa’, Polish pickle salad, Polish mustard
and 4 classic potato and cheese pierogi served with sautéed onions.
It’s not hard to notice, there is one dish that reigns supreme. Pierogi are to Poland,
what sushi is to Japan, and tacos are to Mexico: both a blessing and a bit of a curse.
On the one hand it’s a wonderful, versatile, comfort food which deserves all the
recognition in the world, and lends itself quite well to the food truck concept
(although – as all owners rightly underline – it’s not an easy throw-in-a-deep-frier
type of dish, and when made from scratch it’s actually pretty labour intensive), o
n the other – there is so much more to Polish cuisine!..."