Smoked Chicken Tacos from The Flying Pig Gourmet Food Truck

Chicken Tacos from Flying Pig
Food trucks are a movement (quite literally?) in LA that spans every dimension of food.

And when we say “every dimension,” we mean every dimension of time and space…

…whether it’s time of day — Monsieur Egg for breakfast or Munchie Machine for an afternoon snack — course in a meal — De La Abuelitas for Antojitos or Sweet Lucie’s for Dessert — type of restaurant — from underground Starry Kitchen to pop-up LudoBites to established restaurant Border Grill — or any ethnic street cuisine from around the world. Name a food and if there isn’t a truck out there already that’s serving it, it’s pretty likely that there will be one on the street pretty soon. (We’re still hoping that

But as wide as the food truck landscape may span, and as fancy as some of the foods may get, we’ll never forget that mobile street food in LA all started with the taco truck, which is probably why the most prevalent type of food served from a truck is still the taco. Sure, this new breed of tacos is no longer made with traditional Mexican fillings like carne asada or carnitas, but they’re still a tortilla filled with something.

In the case of the Flying Pig Truck, those fillings are mostly Asian-inspired like Tamarind Duck, Crispy Tofu, Carnitas flavored with Thai Red Curry. Smoked Chicken is one of their signature tacos that they’ve shared with those of us who don’t live within GPS-tracking distance of their truck, or can’t make the original LA Street Food Fest’s Summer Tasting, where they’ll be serving these tacos up.

The recipe is below, and additional info about the LA Street Food Fest follows.
Flying Pig Truck - Smoked Chicken Taco

Smoked Chicken Tacos from The Flying Pig Truck


for smoked chicken:

2-3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 cup mesquite wood chips
3-4 cup braising liquid

for chicken braising liquid:

1 cup soy sauce
¼ cup brown sugar
3 scallion
1 oz ginger
1 oz garlic
1 oz lemongrass
1 oz cilantro
¼ cup rice vinegar
¼ cup mirin
1 oz sesame oil
1 cup orange juice
3 cup veg stock for braising liquid


Salt and pepper chicken thigh meat. Brown on all sides. Place in smoker with mesquite and smoke for 20 minutes. Transfer meat to pot with braising liquid. Bring to simmer and let braise for 45 minutes or until tender.

Add smoked chicken to tortillas and top with green curry and mango napa cabbage slaw.

Green Curry Accompaniment for Smoked Chicken Tacos:

Ingredients for Green Curry:

2 cloves garlic
½ oz ginger
½ oz lemongrass
4-5 Thai chilis
2 bunches cilantro
1 egg white
16 oz canola oil
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons honey

Directions for Green Curry:

Mince garlic, ginger, lemongrass, and chilis and sauté. Add to food processor with cilantro and process until fine. Add egg white and process until mixed. While processing, slowly add canola oil until mixture is thick and smooth. Adjust seasoning with salt, vinegar, honey, and cumin.

Mango Napa Cabbage Slaw Accompaniment for Smoked Chicken Tacos:

Mango Napa Cabbage Slaw Ingredients:

1 head napa cabbage, chiffonade
2 carrots
2 green mangos
1 oz garlic
1 oz ginger
1 oz mint
1 oz basil
1 oz cilantro
¼ cup ground honey roasted peanuts
sugar to taste
salt to taste

About LA Street Food Fest’s Summer Tasting Event

Who: You (if you live in LA)
What: LA Street Food Fest’s Summer Tasting
When: Saturday July 24, 2010 | VIP Preview 4 pm | General Admission 5:30 pm
Where: The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Why: because you’re a food freak and the event benefits St. Vincent Meals on Wheels and Woolly School Gardens
How Much: General Admission $45 | VIP $65
** You must buy tickets in advance. There will be NO tickets sold at the door.**

[photos by Cathy Danh of gastronomyblog, for TasteSpotting]

by Sarah J. Gim on July 22, 2010 · 2 comments

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Erica August 31, 2010 at 10:47 am

That looks amazing. I can taste it.


Ron July 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm

it IS amazing, I made it for dinner tonight.
thanks so much !


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