The next stop on our Snack Crawl was Mogu Japanese Street Eats, which happened to be just a block or so away from Well Tea. My foodie friend Grayelf and I weren’t really hungry since we had already eaten at Meat & Bread and Catch 122 Cafe Bistro, but we were really intrigued by the items that Mogu had to offer. Located on the corner of Howe and Dunsmuir, Mogu is a recent addition to the Vancouver food cart scene and specializes in Japanese inspired street food. I was really saddened by the closure of Osa Tako Hero Food Cart last year so I’m glad there is a new cart specializing in Japanese street food to fill the void.
Mogu is actually run by a former Suika employee. The menu here is straightforward and concise. They feature three Japanese inspired sandwiches and a snack consisting of Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage. All the items are made to order so there is a bit of a wait. We didn’t mind as actually we prefer freshly prepared food.
My foodie friend Grayelf and I decided to share an order of the Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage ($6.75 for regular; $4.25 for mini), which consisted of marinated chicken pieces that’s been battered, deep-fried and tossed in a house made sweet chili sauce. It was delicious and easily one of the better chicken karaage that I’ve had to date. The chicken pieces were juicy and moist. The chili sauce had a great balance of sweetness and heat. The regular sized order was perfect for sharing. This would be a snack that I wouldn’t hesitate to get again if I’m in the neighbourhood. As far as street food/food cart fare is concerned, this was actually one of the better bites that I’ve had.