Mama Liu’s Taiwanese Food Truck – The Best Menus Are The Simplest

Restaurant: 劉媽媽台灣小吃
Mama Liu’s Taiwanese Food Truck
Often, but not always, at 600 Barber Ln, Milpitas, CA. (the street off the Milpitas Ranch 99) They update their Facebook page on their location daily.
Cost: Under $10 per person.
Often, I find beauty in simplicity. In-N-Out has had the same hamburger, cheeseburger, Double-Double, and fries menu since they first opened in Baldwin Park, California in 1948. San Francisco’s House of Prime Rib’s entrees consist of just 4 different cuts of their mouthwatering prime rib. And my favorite kabob house’s menu, De Afghanan in Fremont, could easily fit on the back of their business card if they had one: chicken, beef, and lamb kabobs.
Mama Liu’s Taiwanese Food Truck’s menu is the epitome of this: stinky tofu (臭豆腐) with a side of pal-cai (包菜), pork chop lunch box (排骨便當), Taiwanese stew pork rice (魯肉飯), three cup chicken lunch box (三杯雞便當), Taiwanese sausage lunch box (台式香腸便當), popcorn chicken lunch box (鹽酥雞飯便當), and pork belly lunch box (控肉飯便當), sometimes with a couple of daily specials written on the whiteboard next to their no-frills menu.
That’s it. Simple. Plain. And delicious.
The scene around Mama Liu’s Taiwanese Food Truck with its loyal customers sitting on scattered neon green and royal blue plastic stools eating their food over a narrow metal counter jutting from the side of the truck even provides a nostalgic feel of what it’s like to be back in Taiwan eating street food. You pay cash (they do not accept credit cards); you’ll make some small talk with the boss (老闆) and you can wash everything down with your choice of winter melon tea (冬瓜茶), Apple Sidra (蘋果西打), or a sarsaparilla soda.
Not complicated but tasty, authentic, and freshly stinky.