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Leopold Liao, operator of Virginia’s Hot People Food truck, is stoked to be serving his fare in D.C. for the first time.
Liao’s truck is too big to comply with D.C. vending regulations, so he’s been relegated to trolling around the Virginia suburbs. Until now. “I’ve got a lot of customers who’ve asked me, ‘When are you going to come to D.C.?'” he says.
Tonight, the mobile vendor takes over the brick-and-mortar kitchen for a weekend-long pop-up at Fruit Bat on H Street NE. Dinner is served from 7 p.m. until at least 2 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights. Maybe even later, if demand warrants it.
“It’s so exciting, especially to do this during the late night in the bar,” says Liao, who formerly worked at Ming’s, the late-night Chinatown eatery that is a popular after-work stop for D.C. chefs, as well as bar-goers. “I worked late nights. I know how the people are going to be and I know those people like their food.”
Liao will be offering a more streamlined three-entree version of his usual eight-item menu. The dishes will include: a Hawaiian-style “Sassy Chicken,” flavored with pineapple, strawberry and mango; a thinly breaded crispy pork chop with house-made black pepper sauce; and, the truck’s signature sweet corn and pork dumplings.
Fruit Bat, 1236 H St. NE, (202) 399-2323