The truck with the impossibly-long name has its roots in the now shuttered Tandoori Chicken USA restaurant in El Sobrante. When Bobby Mahal decided to relaunch the family food business as a truck, he knew that the signature dish of the original restaurant had to make it onto the new menu. Wrapped in a piece of fluffy Naan bread, the Tandoori Chicken Sandwich features tender chunks of red tandoor-cooked chicken and lettuce smothered in a spicy green sauce. It's the same recipe that made the restaurant famous, and it's doing a good job of it with the truck, too.
Tandoori chicken gets its red color from a chili and yogurt marinade. The meat is then roasted in a tandoor oven at extremely high heat. TC USA's chicken is extremely flavorful, and the spices of the tandoori masala still shine through the veil of the green sauce. It's a spicy sauce, to be sure, but it's not an overpowering heat. There's enough restraint shown to make the sandwich very balanced, with the lettuce providing a little crunch and coolness.
It used to be that I could count the number of lunch options within walking distance of my work on one hand. Thankfully, those days are over. Of course, with such delicious items as Tandoori Chicken USA Mobile's Tandoori Chicken Sandwich available to me now, I might have to do a bit more walking to compensate. Now there's a problem I hadn't thought of before!
Rating: 4.5/5 (ratings guide)
Tandoori Chicken USA Mobile (@tcusamobile) $8.00 per sandwich
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