Sometimes we crave fries other than the usual potato and yam varieties. In Vancouver, Heirloom Vegetarian (1509 West 12th Avenue) serves a bowl of fancy avocado frites that fits the bill. We also love the cassava fries cooked up at Vij’s Railway Express.
This food truck, part of Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala’s celebrated Indian restaurant collection, dishes out a large portion of salty, deep-fried yuca with tamarind chutney for $8. These fries are drier and starchier than the potato kind.
Cassava fries are both crispy and creamy, but it’s the seasoning and chutney that really make them something special here. The seasoning includes fenugreek, salt, chili powder, and garam masala, according to staff at the food truck.
There’s a couple of other vegan items on the menu, including a colourful rice puff chickpea salad ($9.50). Although the vegan options aren’t labelled as such, staff are quick to point them out when asked.
We’ve patronized Vij’s Railway Express when it’s parked at West 4th Avenue and Yew Street on Saturdays, as well as at last year’s Kitsilano Farmers Market. The truck can also be found Monday to Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., outside 1075 West Georgia Street (between Thurlow and Burrard streets) in downtown Vancouver. For location updates, you can follow Vij’s Railway Express on Facebook and Twitter.