One of my favorite dining buddies and I tracked down Yumé Burger on a recent Friday afternoon for lunch. Yumé Burger is the sister trailer to the very popular and acclaimed Peached Tortilla. Like its predecessor, Yumé Burger is a mobile food truck, which visits different spots daily for lunch, as well as stops on the weekend and evenings (check them out on Twitter or on the web for current/upcoming locations).
The weather was pretty rainy and grim the day of our visit, but we grabbed our umbrellas, headed over to Riata Trace Parkway, and crossed our fingers that the burgers we were about to grab were even close to as delicious as they looked on Yumé Burger’s website (seriously, the photos on their websites will make you want to track them down immediately).
Despite the rain, there was a pretty good crowd waiting to order or pick up their food. We prepared ourselves for a wait, but were surprised how quickly the orders are turned around, particularly in light of the complexity of some of these burgers. The staff were extremely friendly and cheerful, and as a result, all of the patrons around us seemed happy, particularly in light of the weather.
Yumé Burger’s menu is, intelligently, pretty limited, offering three beef burger options (The Original, the Po-Ku, and the JapaJam), a fried fish sandwich, a fried chicken sandwich, and a hot dog option. The Original burger includes American cheese, tomato, a Japanese relish, and “pink sauce” (paprika mayo). The Po-Ku stacks the beef patty with a slice of seared pork belly, Japanese pickles, and wasabi slaw.
Although all three options looked delicious, we tried the JapaJam. This burger paired a beef patty with Japanese tomato jam, jalapeno jack cheese, a fried egg, Japanese bbq sauce, and fried onion strings. Granted, there is a lot going on with this burger. With too heavy a hand, this mixture of ingredients could be an overdone mess. However, everything worked together so well, with the result being a nuanced stacking of flavors that effortlessly blended the savoriness of the beef with just the right amount of sweetness from the tomato jam. The onion strips and bbq sauce were used sparingly, and therefore, did not overpower the more subtle tastes of the jalapeno jack or the jam. The fried egg was the perfect finishing touch, cooked just firmly enough not to run everywhere. Finally, the bun was heavenly–mildly sweet and soft, yet sturdy enough to stay put with everything else that is going on with this burger.
If a beef patty is not your thing, the fish and chicken sandwiches offer tasty looking alternatives. The Chicken Katsu piles Asian slaw, a sweet and tangy Tonkatsu sauce, and Japanese pickles atop a chicken breast that is covered in panko flakes and deep fried. We sampled the Oishii, a whitefish tempura sandwich dressed with creamy wasabi slaw, Japanese tartar sauce, and Japanese pickles. Oishii means “delicious,” and this sandwich definitely lives up to its name. First, the fish was of a very high quality, and was crispy yet flaky throughout. The wasabi slaw added the perfect blast of heat, without being overwhelming, as well as a needed jolt of creaminess. The Japanese pickles added both a tanginess and crunch to the sandwich. This was definitely one of the best fish sandwiches I have ever tasted.
Yumé Burger’s side offerings include sweet potato fries and hand-cut fries. The fries are served with a choice of the paprika mayo, wasabi mayo, or Japanese bbq sauce. We tried both mayos with the hand-cut fries. The fries were skin-on, with a made-at-home feel. The pink sauce was smoky and rich. The wasabi mayo was very mild, and we definitely preferred the paprika option of the two. In lieu of the sauces, you can also opt to have your fries tossed in sea salt.
The sandwiches at Yumé Burger are very inexpensive ($5.55 + tax on our visit). They also offer lunch combos with any sandwich, hand-cut fries, and a canned soda for around 8 bucks. Be forewarned, though. These sandwiches are not sliders. They are full sized, entire meal kind of sandwiches. The Oishii, in particular, was huge.
Yumé Burger is a perfect example of the value and creativity on display in Austin’s food truck scene. This food was impressive, delicious, and cheap. I definitely recommend tracking this truck down and sampling some of these tasty sandwiches ASAP.