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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

An the Go: Owners of Thanh Long and Crustacean Launch a Noodle Truck

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click to enlarge An the Go specializes in the garlic noodles that are one of the main draws at Crustacean and Thanh Long. - AN THE GO
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  • An the Go specializes in the garlic noodles that are one of the main draws at Crustacean and Thanh Long.

Carlos Altamirano's delayed Sanguchon project isn't the only San Francisco restaurant spinning off a food truck these days. The An family, owners of Crustacean and Thanh Long, rolled out a truck of their own at last week's Off the Grid Upper Haight ― their An the Go truck makes its second appearance Saturday night at Off the Grid McCoppin Hub. Ken Lew ― he runs the Ans' two S.F. restaurants with his wife, Monique An ― tells SFoodie he'd eventually like to secure regular spots for An the Go in S.F. and the South Bay, but for now they're planning the occasional OtG. The truck's available for catered events, too.

The truck's been in the works for about a year now. "So many of our clients were asking, 'How come you don't open for lunch?": Lew tells SFoodie. "This is our way of answering them." The menu's organized around the restaurants' signature garlic noodles; there are also beef satay and other skewers, Dungeness crab puffs, plus two or three specials that'll change often. "A lot of small finger foods," Lew says. And the roasted crab with butter and garlic that made Thanh Long a destination in the Outer Sunset decades ago? Lew laughs. "I think we'd need a special truck just for that."

An the Go will be at Off the Grid McCoppin Hub (corner of McCoppin and Valencia Streets), from 4:30-9 p.m. this Saturday, April 16. Follow future movements on Twitter at @AnTheGoSF.

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