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As the weather gets warmer, food trucks are starting to come out of hibernation and make appearances for lunch and dinner. Food truck food comes in all shapes and sizes, but is their food soy-free?
This actually doesn’t need to be a difficult decision; just treat food trucks just like you would any other restaurant! You can choose a place that’s likely to have soy-free food, pick a couple of menu items you think are soy-free, ask about ingredients (if necessary), and then enjoy!
Food trucks are frequently found in groups with other food trucks. This is great! It gives you plenty of options to choose from so you won’t be stuck with just one or two options that may have limited soy-free menu items. When eating from a food truck, pick one that serves food that is likely to be soy-free. Instead of choosing a Korean BBQ truck, check out the menu of the Italian truck. Selecting a type of food that is more likely to be soy-free makes it easier to find menu options that you can enjoy! BBQ, for example, is a great option here since it is almost always soy-free. Since lines often form at food trucks, you want to narrow your selection of truck before you wait in line to ask about ingredients.
Next, pick a couple of menu items that you think are likely soy-free. Since food trucks tend to have fairly small menus this shouldn’t be a very difficult decision. It’s okay if you aren’t sure of the actual ingredients at this stage. The real goal here is to narrow down the menu options that you might need to ask about. During this stage, you can look up the truck online to see if it provides any specific allergy information. While it can sometimes be helpful to look online, don't count on it being available.
Once you’ve identified a few possible menu items, don’t be afraid to ask about ingredients. The truck is only so big, which means they should be able to tell you what all the ingredients are! There is an exception here: food truck food can be prepared in a different location and then cooked and served from the truck. Even in these cases, the food truck should know the ingredients of each of their menu items. Since the food truck is a very small kitchen, note that the potential for cross contamination does exist. Don’t expect them to have any specific allergen-free equipment (i.e., a dedicated fryer with only canola oil) because they just don’t have the room for it.
After you’ve verified that the ingredients are soy-free, you can order and enjoy a soy-free food truck meal! Food trucks can be great options for food, especially during the summer, and don’t need to be a stressful source of soy!