A step away from Burrard Skytrain Station, by the W Pender and Burrard st intersection, is where The Frying Pan Food Truck is serving up comfort food at its finest. A friendly smile, clear signs (with photos!), and the smell of fried chicken welcomes you through rain or shine.
This Korean-run joint is great, with few, but strong, menu offerings such as their Smokey Bulgogi Rice Bowl and (Vegetarian) Fried Tofu Teriyaki Rice Bowl. But for me? I have something else in mind today – the Spicy Fried Chicken Burger.
Ever since I’ve heard that they served “Nashville Style Spicy Chicken Burger”, my interest was piqued. There are three levels of heat that they offer for their chicken burgers – No Heat (with Regular Cheese), Feel The Burn (Spicy Burger), and Fire Starter (Crazy Burger). I’ve had hot chicken before in LA, and I have always loved spicy foods, so I was ready for the spiciest one they have to offer.
I ask for their Fire Starter Spicy Fried Chicken Burger and fries combo.
Taking a good look at this beautiful sandwich, I can see a buttered butter bun, fresh cabbage slaw, sweet pickles, sliced marble cheese, house-made mayo, and a gigantic piece of fried chicken breast. The bun was soft and easy to bite into, and the slaw and pickles felt vibrant and sweet. I tasted more of the mayo than the cheese, but the chicken was really the star of the dish. Apparently they locally source their hormone-free, free range chickens from Maple Hills Farm (in Mount Lehman, Fraser Valley), that have been fed a clean vegetarian diet that is 100% free of animal by-products. You can taste how fresh the meat is, and the crust is super crispy, not as greasy as I had expected, and well-seasoned.
The great thing is that, despite its large portions, the slaw and pickles help to cut the richness of the meat. The portion size was amazing as well, and you can easily share one burger between two people. The fries were similar to Costco fries, which have a fragrant crust, so if you’re a fan, go for the combo.
However, I didn’t find it particularly spicy. When they cook the chicken, they dip it in a hot chili oil and then pat on a dry chili rub. While I did get a nice numbing sensation, it was certainly not as spicy as the one I’ve had before in LA. A bit weak in terms of heat for chili heads, but overall, I really loved how balanced the flavours are.
What a fantastic find for a satisfying lunch!
- Great portion size
- Locally-sourced chicken
- Not too spicy
- Balanced flavours
- Friendly service
- Convenient by transit
The Frying Pan
505 Burrard St
Vancouver, V7X 1M3
Weekdays 11:30am – 2:30pm
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