The Sweet Chili Truck crew
Lisa Fernandes, the owner of Sweet Chili, with her current crew on the truck. Chef Fernandes found her sous chef, John, via the usual Craigslist job board. He fulfills one key job requirement: the ability to rock out to '80's hits in the middle of lunch service.
Meet the truck
Their '68 Chevy previously lived on Long Island and has acquired the name "Betty White."
A peek at the cupboard
One of Chef Fernandes’ signatures is using flavors from mass-market ingredients—American and Asian alike—to create her dishes.
Though the truck is just a few months old, it's already acquired a loyal following. On a typical day at their Thursday World Financial Center spot, the line forms right at noon and doesn’t let up until after 2 p.m.
John manning the grill station, quite possibly about to break out into a dance move.
Pork belly in the fryer
One of the truck's most popular dishes is the fried pork belly. The team is already considering a larger fryer to keep up with demand.
Right now, a double batch of fried pork belly might keep up with customer demands on slower days.
Garnishing green papaya salad
The green papaya salad swirls long strips of green papaya with carrots, long beans, and cherry tomatoes before being garnished with chopped peanuts.
Heavenly beef platter
Every dish is balanced with a salad and Jasmine rice. Here the “Heavenly Beef” gets a quick topping of Sriracha and a sprinkling of Thai basil. It's served alongside an order of cool, crisp green papaya salad.