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Local food truck Mei Mei Street Kitchen nominated in nationwide competition

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  January 14, 2013 10:33 AM

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A crowd gathered around the Mei Mei Street Kitchen food truck at the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway’s Mobile Food Fest on April 5, 2012.

One local food truck is facing off against competitors from around the country to be named the best new food truck for 2012.

Mei Mei Street Kitchen was the only Boston-based truck named among 18 nominees by Mobile Cuisine — a web site devoted to news and advice for the food truck, cart, and stand industry — in its second annual Food Truck Rookie of the Year contest.

Last year, the very first winner of the contest was the Boston-based Staff Meal food truck.

Run by three Brookline natives — siblings Andy, Irene, and Margaret Li (who goes by Mei) — Mei Mei takes its name from a Chinese expression meaning “little sister” and has already won in the Meals on Wheels category in Boston Magazine’s annual Best of Boston awards.

The truck serves what the Lis call “creative Chinese-American food,” which blends familiar Chinese favorites with unconventional accompaniments, as in their signature dish, the “Double Awesome,” a breakfast quesadilla that substitutes scallion pancakes for tortillas.

According to its web site, Mei Mei uses local meat, produce, and other products, obtained through relationships with small farmers and producers, and all meats come from pasture-raised and humanely slaughtered livestock.

The truck can regularly be found in Dewey Square, across from South Station; at two spots on Commonwealth Avenue near Boston University; near the central branch of the Boston Public Library on Boylston Street; in Fort Point; and in other sites around Boston.

Mobile Cuisine asked readers around the country to nominate their favorite food truck opened in 2012. The site had planned to include only 15 nominees, but wound up with 18 because so many nominees had more than 50 votes each.

Other contestants include trucks from all across the country, from Papa Dale’s Diner of Sacramento, Calif., to Messy Giuseppe of St. Paul, Minn., to Something Stuffed of Arlington, Va.

On Monday morning, Mei Mei Street kitchen was in fourth place, with 507 votes.

Crazy Good Burgers of Morristown, Tenn., led the pack with 1,420 votes, followed by Ice-Cubed of Chicago, with 1,321 votes, and Not So Fast Food of San Diego, with 799 votes.

Voting will continue at Mobile-Cuisine.com until midnight Central time on Friday, Jan. 18.

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A Chinese pulled pork sandwich with carrot slaw on a house-baked bun from Mei Mei Street Kitchen, photographed at the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway’s Mobile Food Fest on April 5, 2012.

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