GFT Highlight: Mandoline Grill, Vietnamese Cuisine

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Mandoline Grille has been a Los Angeles food truck since 2010, which I consider to be one of the few remaining “veterans” rolling in Southern California. If you are a vegan and / or a fan of Vietnamese food, give her truck a try.   Follow them on twitter: @MandolineGrill

Below is this week’s schedule, and a bio from their web site:

M T W Th F S Sn
September 21

Lunch

West LA:
11111 Santa Monica Blvd.
11:30 am – 2:30 pm

September 22

Lunch

Culver City:
3585 Hayden Ave. and 2300 W Empire Ave in Burbank
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

September 23

Lunch

North Hollywood:
12020 Chandler Blvd. and Grand Park at 200 N Hill St in DTLA
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

September 24

Lunch

Burbank:
3300 Warner Blvd. and 6033 W Century Blvd in Westchester
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

September 25

Lunch

:
Private Location and 5900 Wilshire Blvd in Miracle Mile
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

September 26

Lunch

:
Private Event
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

September 27

No Lunch

:
No Lunch
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Dinner

Los Feliz:
On the Lot in Los Feliz
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dinner

Highland Park:
EAT at Fig and York
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dinner

:
Private Event
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Dinner

:
Private Event
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

No Dinner

:
No Dinner
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

No Dinner

:
No Dinner
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

No Dinner

:
No Dinner
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Owner Mong Skillman grew up eating traditional bánh mì sandwiches and bowls of bún thịt nướng, both as a daughter and regular customer at her mother’s Vietnamese restaurant in Honolulu’s Chinatown. Believing that her mother’s cuisine was far too flavorful to be kept an island secret, she left her day job in LA in 2007, and returned to Hawaii to study in her mother’s kitchen, determined to bring her family’s light, bright and savory dishes to the masses.

With no written recipes, Mong shadowed her mother, learning to taste by palate and taking vigorous notes that she brought back to LA to tweak, refine and make her own. A couple years later, she had come up with a menu that incorporated her mother’s culinary essence, while using less oil, little fat and absolutely no MSG.

Then she gave herself the ultimate challenge: making tasty options that were 100% vegan…even the “fish” sauce.

In the fall of 2009, Mandoline Grill launched at the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park. For these first few months, Mong supplied her own fryers, toaster oven, and coolers, basically throwing a backyard cookout at the beloved Eastside bar. As support grew, Mong started riding shotgun and working shifts on the Dosa Truck, just to get a hang of the food truck life before hitting the streets in her own truck this past February 2010.

Now Mong has the privilege of introducing her mother’s inspirational flavors to LA (and beyond!) as she drives the Mandoline Grill truck from Orange County to Echo Park to Santa Monica, offering fresh, crisp vegan and carnivore-friendly bánh mì sandwiches, and of course, her mother’s famous bún thịt nướng noodle bowls.

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