The San Jose Bacon Festival of America was an event I was looking forward to all week.
Moveable Feast hosted the event, which highlighted “bacon on everything” treats (typically $6 or less) from more than 20 local food trucks and expected a crowd of 15,000 bacon lovers at downtown San Jose’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez this past Labor Day weekend. Moveable Feast also hosted the San Jose Taco Festival of Innovation in May.
Unfortunately, I made a few rookie mistakes that led to me not staying at the bacon festival too long:
1. Not bringing water;
2. Not wearing sunscreen or a big hat; and
3. Not having the patience to stand in lines of 40-plus people to get food.
However, I did visit three vendors, and I plan to at least double that number next year.
FK Frozen Custard, Bay Area
I tend to stay away from custard because it’s usually too rich and sweet for my taste. But I ran into two bacon fans who raved about the Maple Bacon Bread Pudding Sundae at FK Frozen Custard (the food truck company goes by Frozen Kuhsterd on Facebook).
The sundae was absolutely delicious and a great way to indulge. The bread pudding was made out of donut and drizzled in bacon burnt caramel and a generous amount of maple bacon pieces. It was a great sweet-and-savory combination.
I chose the vanilla bean custard, which was a couple steps richer and creamier than vanilla ice cream without going over the top. The bread pudding had a rich and thick texture, and part of the custard melting underneath made the pudding that much more moist. It was one of those dishes that you didn’t want to stop eating.
FK has more than 30 flavors to choose from, including cinnamon toast crunch, avocado and port wine strawberry. The food truck travels to different locations throughout the San Francisco & San Jose Bay Area. For more information, visit www.frozenkuhsterd.com.
Sweetdragon Baking Company, San Jose
I’ve always enjoyed peanut brittle, so I was looking forward to having the salty-sweet treat with bacon.
The Sweetdragon Baking Company was giving out free samples of different flavors, including Maple Bacon Peanut and Honey Jack Bacon, which was made with almonds.
I bought a packet of the Honey Jack Bacon almond brittle. It had a sweet and buttery taste, with bits of bacon throughout the bar. I expected the brittle to be hard and crunchy, but it was rather chewy. Be prepared to get some stuck between your teeth but savor the flavor.
The Sweetdragon Baking Company sells its brittle online and in more than a dozen stores, cafes, farmers markets and other venues in the Bay Area. The company offers peanut, almond, cashew, pistachio and black sesame brittle.
For more information, call (408) 205-7319 or visit sweetdragonbaking.com.
Thai Thai Food Truck, San Jose
My last stop was the Thai Thai Food Truck, which offers Thai cuisine such as Pad Thai, Roti and Red & Yellow Curry.
I ordered the Bacon Golden Roll, described as a Thai-style egg roll filled with vegetables and topped with bacon and green onion.
The rolls themselves tasted fine. I liked the crispy wrapping, and the cabbage and sprouts inside were cooked well. However, this dish was a bit uninspired.
I wish the food truck had been more creative than just topping the rolls with small bits of bacon and onion. I was hoping there would be pieces of bacon inside the roll, making the filling more savory.
There was no cohesion between the rolls and the bacon, making the bacon seem out of place. It would have been better if the food truck made a bacon and onion relish or sauce for dipping and drizzling over the rolls.
Thai Thai Food Truck travels to locations throughout the San Jose area. For more information, visit www.thaithaifoodtruck.com.