By now you probably know I love food trucks and will wildly defend their existence in the District. So I finally tried the Fojol Bros. of Merlindia one chilly, drizzly afternoon at work. At first, I was a unsure about how I felt getting food from men and women in silly stick-on mustaches and brightly colored turbans from a van blasting Indian music. I may have rolled my eyes at their kitschy habits, but once I stepped up to the window and was greeted by incredibly friendly people in costumes, I thought, "You know what, stick-on mustaches and all, I kind of don't mind this and maybe even like it."
I opted to go with the two item meal, an affordable and filling choice for only six dollars. First off, I liked that Fojol went with some seasonal eats, including a pumpkin dish, which I'd like to try the next time they're in my part of town. Instead though, I tried the three-lentils dish and the buttered chicken, both served with a sizable portion of basmati rice.
The lentils and the buttered chicken were pretty much the perfect meal I could have eaten on that cold drizzly day. The chicken was just spicy enough to warm me up and get my nose running a little (sorry for that overshare), but not spicy enough to bring tears to the eyes. The lentils had a good curry flavor, cooked just right and the sauce was a good consistency (not too runny, but not too thick). The only thing I wish I would have had with this meal was some plain yogurt. My boyfriend's mother sometimes takes her Indian cooking to a level that is near nuclear for me, and to prevent my tongue from losing all feeling, I like to put some plain yogurt on my Indian food. Don't get me wrong, I l-o-v-e her traditional Northern Indian cooking and I'd like to think I do a pretty good job in handling the spiciness; still a little yogurt goes a long way in cooling off your palate and adding a nice tangy flavor to a dish. A yogurt sauce for this meal from Fojol just would have been a nice extra touch.
If you're craving Indian food during your next lunch hour and looking to try yet another food truck, I'd highly recommend Fojol Brothers. They get bonus points for serving their food with a spork (and a biocompostable one at that!), since it's really the only tool for the job of eating portable Indian fare. You can find them on Twitter, @fojolbros. Their mustacheoed, smiling faces and warm food will put you in a better mood for the rest of the day, and just might leave you humming a bollywood tune.
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