Local Radio Personality's Food Truck Rant

Sandra Tsing Loh, a performer who does a weekly radio piece on the local public radio station, took aim at food trucks this week, including one that will be at tonight's Fancy Food Truck Friday event.

Local public radio commentator and performer Sandra Tsing Loh pulled no punches in a radio performance that has been airing this week when she criticized gourmet food trucks and described them as a "menace."

Tsing Loh apparently purchased food from some food trucks following Pasadena's Doo Dah parade on April 28 and was less than impressed.  One of the food trucks she called out by name, the Border Grill truck, .

Tsing Loh's radio piece, which aired on Pasadena's KPCC station can be heard here, or you can read a transcript of the piece.

Her complaints included:

God bless my native city of Los Angeles, and its pulsing norteno reggaeton beat, but I think sometimes there can be TOO much hipness, TOO much multiculturalism, TOO much blending. Do we really NEED a Korean Mexican short rib minicrepe with mandarin oranges and coconut shavings with a side of jicama slaw marinated in Red Bull, handed through a tiny window by a tattooed Cal State Northridge student who’s reading a book on French symbolism and charging three dollars for smart water? I mean how smart is our smart water supposed to be? If it was that smart, I wouldn’t ALSO be trying the kimchi on a stick. 


Unfortunately, the welcoming visual mandala of food trucks will represent the height of your lunch experience. Because when you actually read DESCRIPTIONS of what is offered, now comes that familiar smoggy cloud of CONFUSION. It’s like attending an alumni REUNION of things you’ve never met. We have what the LA Weekly voted, in 2011, to be “LA’s most beloved Bacon chocolate” truck, hand-pulled venison sliders, kimchi on a stick, crazy uncle po’boy lobsterooni and those four simple letters, BOBA. I don’t know what boba is-- I don’t want it-- I want people to stop insisting on my getting to know it-- I can barely run the SAFARI app on my Iphone-- I want boba to go away.

And also this:

It pains me to say this, but I ended up dropping 25 dollars at the Border Grill food truck. That bought me some mini-tacos the size of a silver dollar, and two warm quesadillas with a rubbery consistency that made me feel like I was gnawing on a sheep’s ear.

We've occasionally had people on the site criticize food trucks for being expensive, for being excessively fancy, and for competing with locally-run businesses.  So we want to know what you think: did you like Tsing Loh's rant? Do you agree with her criticisms?  Or are you a fan of food trucks?  Let us know in the comments section.


PeterD May 11, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Eitherway I like Foodtrucks tostay. My favorades arethose serving planefast food sandwiches. My farorate if pastrami egg lettuce tomato on French Roll The fries also taste better because they carry the flavor of so many other things fried before.
Richard May 11, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I'm quite impressed with Sandra Tsing Loh's skillful wordplay in the service of getting those dratted kids off'a her lawn with their beatboxes and Beatles haircuts. The linguistic version of shaking her cane and muttering "kids these days" was especially impressive.
laurad May 11, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Just paid $7 for two tiny kobe sliders the other day. They were fine. Nobody made me so it. I like having the option to overpay for something unique. If I want the usual at reasonable prices I know where to find it locally. I would say Sandra take a chill pill or go away but I enjoy her uniqueness and am willing to let her hang out too!
Echo vouty May 11, 2012 at 06:25 PM
In Heaven: the cooks are French, the policemen are English, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian and the bankers are Swiss. In Hell: the cooks are English, the policemen are German, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss the bankers are Italian, and the Mexican food is sold by 2 gringo women from Santa Monica!
Laura Monteros May 11, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Lisa Hastings May 11, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I like to splurge at the taco truck. Very good, very Mexican, and very cheap.
Gary Edwards May 11, 2012 at 09:14 PM
why would anyone care about her opinion?
Lorraine Pozniak May 11, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Sorry, but I will NEVER spend more than $10 on FAST FOOD...I don't care how fancy it is. I don't care if it's Gordon BLOODY Ramsay handing it to me through the window. For $10, it better be good, and I better not still be hungry afterwards. The Hungry Nomad food was always good, and a good value. I'm afraid to see how much that sushi is going to be tonight...no prices on their website..."Plan B" will be the Italian truck and my old favorite, eggplant parm, if I can shake this headache, God willing...
Lorraine Pozniak May 11, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Why would anyone care about yours?
Hugo May 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM
KPCC?? Really? Oh please!
Lisa Maiorana May 12, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I personally have NEVER ordered food off a truck and hope to never have to do so thank you very much ;)
Richard May 12, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Lisa, out of simple curiosity, why is that? There's some good food out there to be had.
Gary Edwards May 12, 2012 at 05:08 AM
@ lorraine . i don't expect anyone to care about mine but just cuz someone rants doesn't make it newsworthy. slow news day i guess.
Leslie Aitken May 12, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I remember when Food Trucks were where we all headed for lunch when I worked near Wilshire and Western. The food was ALWAYS good, more often than not Mexican or Armenian and very affordable. We called them the "roach coaches" -- don't know why as there were never any roaches -- at least of the bug variety - HA! I used to frequent one that made the BEST tuna sandwich ever with lettuce, tomatoes and avocado on a bollillo, served with a pickled jalapeno..........(my taste buds are having a moment of silence)......... They also had my favorite lunch truck sign ever: "TODAY'S SPATIAL -- paper steak!" The new ones are okay -- but I say -- Go Old School -- find one downtown at lunch without anything chi chi la la, and enjoy!
Geoff A. May 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Unfortunately you weren't paying for Kobe beef
yeahian May 14, 2012 at 03:27 AM
100% with leslie.


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