Monday Munchies: Crunchy Cauliflower, dumplings & more at Tran's Fats

By Tucson Foodie
January 30, 2023

It's likely you've either seen Jackie Tran's photos of delicious meals (and tasting them afterward), read his written work, or caught him frolicking around many of the food-themed events happening around Tucson.

However, have you been to his newest venture, the Tran's Fats food truck, parked at Hotel McCoy?

(Photo by Taylor Noel Photography)

All you've got to do is follow your nose to 720 W. Silverlake Rd. #302 and that intense case of the Monday Munchies is cured. Whether you're looking for some vegan, non-vegan, or gluten-free, you'll be kickin' your tummy grumbles to the curb with Tran’s Fat's menu, which debuted in October 2022.

The crunchiest Crunchy Potato Mochi has a creamy mashed potato and tapioca filling and gets tossed around in garlic butter before serving.

Crunchy Potato Mochi at Tran's Fats (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)
Crunchy Potato Mochi at Tran's Fats (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Then there's the Shroom Dumplings and their rich pho-spiced filling with a scallion and jalapeño garnish. The side of hoisin, sriracha, and lime complement them perfectly.

Shroom Dumplings at Tran's Fats (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)
Shroom Dumplings at Tran's Fats (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

The rice flour battered Crunchy Cauliflower is light but crispy, with the cauliflower inside nicely cooked. Adding potato tots to an order is always wise. They’re crisp and free of gluten.

The current dipping sauces feature sweet sesame soy, creamy lemon onion mayo, and gochujang vin. The sauce options all happen to be vegan and gluten-free.

Crunchy Cauliflower at Tran's Fats (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)
Crunchy Cauliflower at Tran's Fats (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Do yourself a favor and take a trip down to Hotel McCoy to try it all for yourself, but before you go, check out Tran's Fat's menu online to see which dishes are available. Also, it's a perfect spot to hit up while cruising around this year's Gem Shows.

Right now, the food truck is serving up the goods from 4 - 9 p.m. on Sunday - Thursday and 3 - 10 p.m. on Friday - Saturday (unless otherwise noted).

Tran's Fats is located at Hotel McCoy, 720 W. Silverlake Rd. #302. For more information, visit transfatstucson.com and follow Tran's Fats on Instagram

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