Ever since I first heard about Renny’s Oki Doki food truck over a year ago, I have been interested in trying his food truck. My love for Japan and Japanese cuisine being the obvious attraction. Unfortunately, many of the events and locations that Renny frequents have not fit into my weekly schedule or been on my radar. However, I finally had a chance to try Renny’s Oki Doki at the 2013 Tampa Natsu Matsuri, an annual summer festival in Tampa organized by the local Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association.
Most of the time the Natsu Matsuri summer festival is a small shindig that only attracts a small crowd and has a few tables here and there, but this year an impressive crowd and plenty of booths and entertainment in addition to the food trucks were present. Renny’s had a loyal line of customers throughout the entire event and after traveling around the event I eventually made my way to his food truck.
I ordered the Spam Musubi dish from the truck. Spam Musubi is actually very popular in Hawaii and can have a variety of ingredients. Spam is popular in Asia and a delicacy due to the influence of American troops throughout bases in the region after World War II and certainly makes sense for an Okinawan food truck. Renny’s Spam Musubi was excellent and had plenty of flavor. The egg was cooked to perfection and the overall flavors were very enjoyable. An Okinawan restaurant I tried during my visit to Shibuya in Tokyo also had spam all over the menu.
Here’s another shot after I started to eat into the egg.
Renny was also selling my favorite Japanese soda called ramune for just $2 and I had to grab one. He had mango which was an interesting, new flavor that I don’t typically see at local oriental markets. It was refreshing in the summer heat which was beating down on South Tampa. From creeping on Renny’s Facebook page, I assume he goes to Kotobuki Japanese market quite frequently but also mentioned that he has a distributor for ramune. I have been to Kotobuki and will be bringing a post on that your way soon.
Overall, I was really impressed with the food and beverage I tried from Renny’s Oki Doki food truck and hope to catch him around more often so I can try his other dishes. The prices were fair for the food and the quality was great.
The design of his truck is also awesome and he recently won the 2013 Best Food Truck Design award. Renny’s truck designer is Ruben A. Aquino, a Filipino-Japanese American animator who has worked on a number of Disney films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, and Mulan.
Food Truck Name: Renny’s Oki Doki