Mala spicy crispy chicken on a compressed rice bun. Fish balls. Rice cake skewers. Find these and more at Boston's newest food truck to hit the streets — Riceburg. Hub Food Trucks blogger Steven Leibowitz spotted the newly launched truck yesterday on Stuart Street and gave the fish and beef ball skewers a "thumbs up on flavor," praising it as a "nice 2 buck snack."
According to Riceburg's social media accounts, the truck has been on the road for the past few weeks, and the current schedule includes stops in Chinatown (2 Boylston St.) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Copley Square (432 Stuart St.) from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The truck's Facebook page touts the menu as a "healthy better option" that blends "eastern and western delicacies," featuring hamburger buns made from Japanese small grain rice. The buns are gluten-free, and there are some vegetarian and vegan options available, including a crispy vegan alternative to chicken.
Buns made of rice are not a common sight, although a Thai restaurant in Dallas, Kin Kin, does offer a burger sandwiched between two sticky rice patties. Closer to home, Ki Bistro — located near Boston University — serves burgers on patties made from ramen noodles.