WAFELS & DINGES (three trucks and cart!)
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Waffle shown above is from the Vedette truck (on Lex. Ave & 52nd at the time)
This was my first authentic (in New York that is) Belgian waffle experience, and it was excellent! First, the difference between Belgian waffle, American waffle, and the liège waffle (another Belgian type in a league of its own).
Belgian waffles are square or rectangular in shape, lighter, thicker, crispier and has larger square pockets. The American-style is thinner, denser, is popular as a sweet breakfast food or with fried chicken, and has more variety in shapes - rectangular, round, and square. On the other hand, the liège is a sweeter, richer, denser, and chewier variant of the Belgian waffle. It is adapted from the brioche bread dough, served plain, with vanilla or cinnamon, and it is the most common waffle in Belgium available at street vendors.
Now, that the background information is complete, here’s my review. I’d seen an episode of “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” on the Food Network when Bobby Flay challenged the owner of a Belgian waffle food truck in New York City. To my surprise, it was this truck! And there, my interest in searching for unique, delicious culinary fare at food trucks around the city began.
Featured above in the mini slideshow is the liège waffle I tasted. Drenched in belgian chocolate, fresh strawberries and lightly powdered confectioner’s sugar, this fluffy snack fulfilled my afternoon sweets craving. You can eat the liège waffle plain or add as many toppings you like for an additional charge ($1). There are four other types of waffles on the menu that I have yet to try, but they look just as mouth-watering.When you take the waffle to go, they package it in the sliding box as shown.
The photo doesn’t do the waffle much justice, so you’ll have to go and try it yourself, and taste how a good a simple snack can be!