Gather 'Round, Kids.
You may be a Bon Me regular, but have you ever heard the story of how our booming food truck business began?
5 years ago, Patrick Lynch and Ali Fong entered the City of Boston's Food Truck Contest, with the intentions of showcasing some of their favorite home recipes and having a little competitive fun.
Much to their surprise, the dynamic duo ended up winning the contest, allowing them to very literally hit the road with their food.
They picked up an old & yellow DHL delivery truck from a guy named Big Jim, and plastered their new name on the side: BON ME.
The name Bon Me derives from the bánh mì sandwich, a classic and delicious Vietnamese favorite. Our Bon Me sandwich is a decidedly nontraditional bánh mì that tackles both American, French and Asian flavors with every bite. Our many other entrees and side dishes follow our popular sandwiches lead in terms of taste and freshness!
Today, we have 6 colorful food trucks and 5 restaurants constantly bustling around the city of Boston. The company truly has come a long way.
Don't believe us? Check out the video owners Pat and Ali made five years ago that showcases the original Bon Me logo!
If you're familiar with our restaurants, then we're sure you know what we're talking about when we say that our beautiful storefronts have a little something special to offer. Like our trucks, we've got a delicious rotation of delectable meats to choose from, as well as our four mouth watering entrees.
But what do our restaurants have that our trucks do not? Lemongrass Fried Chicken, Japanese Sweet Potato Fries, and Pork Ramen, that's what!
These entrees are the perfect way to put a spin on your Bon Me experience. Our Lemongrass Fried Chicken is Gluten Friendly and served in bite sized portions with a side of our seriously addicting Spicy Mayo. Available only at Bon Me Chestnut Hill Sq and Fresh Pond.
We have simple goals here at Bon Me.
Aside from making a name for ourselves as your favorite yummy food truck company, we want to provide you and your loved ones with food you can feel good about eating. From farm fresh ingredients to compostable packaging, our aim is to sustain! Our desire to encourage a healthy lifestyle beginning with the food you eat extends far past the walls of our trucks and restaurants. We find it vital that you all take care of yourselves even when you aren't dining with us, and for that reason we have decided to share a few of our recipes with you!
Every month, you can expect an email from us, just like this one, that tells you exactly how to make some of your Bon Me favorites right at home. Are you ready for this weeks recipe?
This week will be about How to make our Deviled Tea Eggs!
What you'll need:
2 cups water
2 Lapsang Souchong Tea Bags (or smokey tea)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1 to 2 tsp salt
1 bay leaf, dried (optional)
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
Pinch fennel seeds (optional)
Pinch anise stars (optional)
12 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled
As needed spicy mayo (1 egg yolk, oil, a dash of mustard and Sriracha)
As needed scallions, sliced, green parts only
As needed cayenne pepper
1 Boil water in a small pot, remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes and then discard tea bags.
2 Add soy sauce, sugar, salt, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, fennel seeds and anise seeds and mix until sugar and salt are dissolved. Transfer mixture to a bowl or jar and refrigerate until cold.
3 Add eggs to tea mixture, ensuring they are fully submerged, and refrigerate for 2 days.
4 Right before serving your eggs, make the spicy mayonnaise! Emulsify 1 egg yolk with 1 cup of oil plus a dash of mustard and salt and add Sriracha to taste.
5 To serve, slice egg in half lengthwise and pipe a dollop of spicy mayonnaise on each egg yolk. Top with a couple of green scallion rings and a sprinkle of Cayenne pepper.
Bon Me appetit, everyone!
And don't forget to tag us in all of your attempts @bonme on Twitter and Instagram!
See you soon at Bon Me!
Craving The VIP Treatment?
Do you ever wish you could get the VIP treatment at our restaurants? Do you want to walk past the line and already have your perfect order waiting for you? You can make your dream a reality!
We have online ordering up and running at all our Restaurants! That means you can log on, make your perfect order online, place it, and pick it up in 15 minutes. No waiting, no lines, just a quick, delicious lunch (or dinner)!
You want the special filling of the day? No worries, right before checkout, just write in the filling of your choice in the special instructions box and it's all yours.
Or do you dream of Bon Me delivery? Are you ever laying in bed, binge watching Netflix, and start salivating over the idea of the BBQ Pork Sandwich you get on your lunch breaks? Favor can hook you up! We now work with the Favor delivery company to help you satiate your sudden cravings.
Check out our Favor menu here!
But wait, are you with a bunch of friends or coworkers and need a lunch delivered fast? If you need 8 meals or more our catering department's got your back. All you need to do is call! 617-470-7545
So stop waiting in line like a commoner and treat yourself like a king! Use any of our ordering services and get on the fast track to your favorite meal.
Are you bold, fresh, and fun? Do you want to work for a rapidly expanding Boston restaurant and truck empire? Do you want to stuff your face full of Miso Braised Pulled Pork or drown in Spicy Peanut dressing all day, every day?
Then Bon Me may be the job for you!
We are holding a job fair at our Fort Point Restaurant, directly across the street from the Boston Children's Museum, and just a short walk from South Station. We are hiring for ALL positions and locations (www.bonmetruck.com/jobs).
Stop by, check us out, find out a little more about what Bon Me can offer you! If you want to know a little more about our company you can check out our website!
Wednesday, June 1st 3-5pm at FORT POINT 313 Congress Street, Boston, MA
The weather is warming up and so are we!
Though it took some time, it looks like it might be safe to say it's finally Spring in Boston. The best thing about warm weather and blues skies? Outdoor events and festivals! The best thing about events and festivals? FOOD TRUCKS. There's a lot going on this summer so we're going to help you fill that calendar.
SOWA Open Market
530 Harrison Ave - Every Sunday May 1st - Oct. 30th The SOWA Open Market boasts galleries, vintage and artisan vendors, fresh local produce, and a large collection of food trucks, including Bon Me (check our map here)! Every Sunday, all summer, we'll be serving up our best for you while you shop.
South End Open Market
375 Harrison Ave Every Sunday May 1st - Oct. 30th If you take a short walk down the street from the SOWA market, you'll find the South End Open market. Due to a disagreement between the owners of the original SOWA Market, we're lucky enough to have wound up with two separate, unique markets! Bon Me will be at both, so whichever side you choose, we'll be there. Compare the 2 markets here!
Greenway Open Market
Rose Kennedy Greenway (near Aquarium T Stop) Every Saturday May 1st - Oct. 30th The Greenway Open Market is another beautiful option for local, handcrafted items, and delicious food truck food! Located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, spanning from High Street to State Street, the Greenway Market boasts nearby ocean views, yummy treats, and a unique shopping experience. Swing by and say hi every Saturday!
Boston Calling Music Festival
City Hall Plaza May 27th - 29th Located in the center of the city at City Hall Plaza, Boston Calling Music Festival has brought us some of the biggest names in music since 2013. We're making our triumphant return to the festival this Summer and we're thrilled. If you've got tickets, make sure to find our tent when you need a break from dancing. If you don't have tickets yet, there are still some available
Thursdays On The Lawn
Loring, Jamaica Plain Thursdays 3:30 - Dark, June - Oct. 1 st Meet us in JP on Thursday nights for movies, the Loring-Greenough Farmer's Market, live music, and more! There's nothing better than grabbing rice bowls for you and the kids and laying down in the grass for a peaceful evening meal. If you've got tickets, make sure to find our tent when you need a break from dancing. If you don't have tickets yet, there are still some available
And Many More!
We've got a lot in the works for this summer, so much that we can't fit it all into one email! So keep checking our blog, our Twitter, and our Instagram for updates on where to find us!
HAPPY SUMMER, EVERYONE!
- the Bon Me Crew
Those of you that frequent our Chestnut Hill Square restaurant may have already gotten a taste of the fun we're serving up all month long. If not, make sure to stop by between 11am and noon for four weeks of seriously delicious free samples!
- Beginning May 9th, where we'll be handing out Soba and Rice Noodle Salads.
- May 16th-22nd becomes all about those Rice Bowls.
- From May 23rd-29th expect some awesome extras, specifically Edamame and Deviled Tea Eggs. We saved the best for last in our final week.
- May 30th to June 5th, stop by Chestnut Hill Square to grab a bite of our unreal Desserts. You won't regret it!
Chef and founder of Bon Me, Ali Fong, will be in every Monday to give you the lowdown on all of her incredible creations. She won't judge you if you come back every week, so make sure you do!
Bon Me + Mommy = ❤
Without Mommy, what would food be? She made you meals you will always remember, she waited for you with after-school snacks and she taught you how to prepare complicated dishes to impress your friends. But most importantly, she watched you grow, change, make mistakes, become the person you are today, and is still your biggest supporter through it all!
Now there's only one way to repay the woman that has seen you at your very best and your very worst... and that's with some Bon Me! We will be open at ALL of our Restaurants, as well as at our Harvard and SoWa Truck locations this Sunday, because there's no better Thank You than spending time together and enjoying fresh & bold Asian food (from us! ☺️).
To celebrate that very special day, our Catering Manager, Dana, will some very special Chocolate chip & Toasted Sesame Cookies (DEF NOT SHAREABLE!) on Sunday 🍪 Bon Me + Cookies -> you cannot go wrong!!! Not only they are delicious but they will also be the perfect kind thought for your Mom! You will find them at any of our truck and restaurant on Sunday, May 8.
Finally, if you sadly cannot make it this weekend, we also have Gift cards available in any amount at all of our restaurants & trucks and online.
Show Ma you really care. Give her the gift of Bon Me this Mother's Day!
Have you had a chance to try any of the exciting new breakfast items over at our Harvard location served Monday through Friday? From our Sesame Ginger Parfait with the perfect amount of sweet to our Chicken and Egg Congee that is sure to spicy up your morning, our breakfast menu is fast, fresh, and made with you in mind. If you haven't had a chance to try any of these incredible morning pick me ups, make this Friday the day and you'll get a hot coffee on us!
Our T.G.I.C DAY kicks off this Friday as a way of saying thank you for your patronage! On the last Friday of every month, our Harvard location will be giving out free hot coffees that pair perfectly with your Bon Me breakfast. Free Coffee Friday begins when our window opens at 8:30 am, but don't wait! We'll only be serving it up until it runs out!
Scroll down and you will start feeling HUNGRY!
We told you so! :-)
If you follow us on Instagram or on Facebook, you may have noticed the recent addition of a new hashtag that we like to call “Trucker Tuesday”. The young, excitable employees you see through the window of our trucks or behind the counters of our restaurants are OUR “truckers”! and not only are they the backbone of our company, but they’re a giant bundle of diverse and unique individuals with a great deal to show for themselves!
We created #TruckerTuesday to not only provide you with a name to go with the faces you’ve become so familiar with, but also to showcase the many talents and lovable quirks that inspired us to add them to our team!
From artists to musicians, avid travelers to parents, everyone has something special to offer. We hope #TruckerTuesday has you feeling a little closer to our crazy Bon Me family!
Here at Bon Me, we’re committed to giving back to the beautiful environment that allows us to serve up bold, fresh and fun food at all of our six food trucks and five restaurants across the city! But do you know how committed we truly are?
When our Roxbury commissary opened its doors in August of 2014, we set our standards high and designed the entirety of our operations around reducing food waste. And, it paid off! In 2014, we won the Greenovate Award for Sustainable Food Systems by the city of Boston! Since then, we have reached many of our goals. In 2015, we diverted 132 cubic yard of food and compostable materials; enough to fill the beds of 66 pick up trucks, or 1,188 wheelbarrows!
But it doesn’t stop there! We continue to reduce our overall carbon footprint, and convert as much of our packaging into compostable materials as possible. We think that’s something to be proud of and you can definitely help us do the right thing!
You can now see that green SIGN on our Purple truck, at Harvard.
It will help you figuring what to put in our COMPOSTABLE green barrel - which is almost EVERYTHING but hot cups and bottles of water!
All of this is just the beginning for our relationship with sustainability! WE COUNT ON YOU!
Today's the big day! The 120th Boston Marathon!
Every year, the city of Boston practically shuts down to hold the world's oldest marathon. Athletes migrate from near and far to take part in one of Boston's oldest and most prestigious traditions. Participants have been training for months, even years, for this one day, and Bon Me wants to congratulate you all! Your hard work has paid off!
To celebrate the Boston Marathon runners, and athletes of all kinds, we've been handing out free Thai Basil Limeade's to anyone in workout gear for the past few weeks! Judging by your smiling faces, it seems that you enjoyed #HousemadeHydrating with us :) Take a look at some of our sporty customers. Maybe you're one of them!
Whether you run the marathon every year, or just run around the block every morning, Bon Me wants to applaud you! Keep on training, and keep on hydrating!
Hey Foodie Friends!
It's Spring! ...Or, at least that's what the calendar says. Despite the chilly weather and EXTREMELY unwanted recent snow storm, it's April already, and that means the new food truck season has begun!
Ever wonder how we all know where to park everyday? The city of Boston has very specific locations where food trucks are allowed to open and serve, but there are more food trucks than there are spots. To remedy this issue, the city started a food truck lottery, giving everyone a fair shot at getting good spots. That's why, once April 1st rolls around, more trucks come out, and everyone gets new locations. It can get a little confusing with everyone playing musical chairs, so we're here to help with a little information about our new locations!
Boston Commons (@ Brewers Fountain)
We're very excited to come to this Boston Commons location for the first time! Right behind the Park St. train station, we'll be parked across from Brewers Fountain in the beautiful Commons. We'll be here every Monday and Wednesday from 11-2:30, so meet us for a sandwich under the trees, next to the fountain.
Blossom Street (@MGH)
We're bringing back dinner at Blossom Street! We got a little too cold out there this winter, but now the warmer weather's coming back, so are we! We'll be across from the Gray entrance of the Bulfinch building at Mass General on Fridays from 11-7! If you're in need of a quick, fresh dinner during your long hospital shift, or if you want a snack after a afternoon jog around the Charles, we'll be here.
We're back at our old Belvidere location on Saturdays! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the area, our truck will be parked behind the Prudential Center, next to the Christian Science Center Reflecting pool. We used to come here during the week for all you hungry 9-5er's but we're coming back on Saturdays from 11:30-6 just in time for lazy summer days next to the reflecting pool or Saturday afternoon shoppers.
Another spot we're happy to have back! We'll be at Landmark Center on Friday's from 11-2, at 343 Park Drive in the Fens, ready to serve up soba noodles and rice bowls. We're right down the street from the Longwood Medical area, colleges like Simmons and MCPHS, and, most importantly, Fenway Park! Come grab some food on your lunch break, or even before a summertime Sox game!
Breathe a sigh of relief, we'll still be at our usual locations like Dewey Square, High Street, and Harvard! Check out our locations page on our site whenever you need to know where to find us!
Have a great week! We look forward to seeing you at our new locations!
We are glad to celebrate all Boston Marathon runners and, simply, anyone who likes working out from yoga fanatics, to cyclist superstars!
Because you have been training hard for the past months, it's now TAPER TIME and you need to treat yourself! What about a fresh, housemade limeade? At Bon Me, we make our limeade with real ingredients and it has real flavors. We don't add any artificial sweeteners and only use the few ingredients we need to make our limeade unique: water, lime juice, fresh basil and sugar.
Wanna try it? :)
From Wednesday, April 6 to the Boston Marathon (April 18), we're going to support all athletes, and offer a FREE HOUSEMADE LIMEADE to anyone WEARING HEAD-TO-TOE SPORTSWEAR! Just stop by and tell us how motivated you are to get it!
If you want to share your motivation with us, don't hesitate to take a pic and hashtag it with #HousemadeHydration! We're waiting for you! GO BOSTON!
Click HERE to have more info on our on Limeade nutrition facts.
Our #Bubbles may not be heart-shaped, but, this Valentine's Day, buy one BUBBLE TEA and we'll give your date a Bubble Tea for FREE!
Available at ALL our locations
BOSTON PUBLIC MARKET • CHESTNUT HILL SQUARE • FRESH POND FORT POINT • KENDALL SQUARE
From January 25 - 31, we will be launching our #SmileWithBonMe campaign to give back to the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence. ATASK (Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence) provides critical services to domestic violence survivors, including emergency shelter, a multilingual hotline, and legal advocacy. ATASK supports survivors as they rebuild their lives.
For this campaign, we ask all our customers to snap a picture that shows a smile with the hastag #SmileWithBonMe and share it. Another way to participate is to mention this campaign at the new Chestnut Hill location.
For each share on social media, for each mention at Chestnut Hill, we pledge to donate $1. While we could have made a donation from the offset, we decided that by asking for your participation, we could achieve much more. With your help, we were confident that we could spread awareness of the importance of domestic abuse survivors within the asian community needs and services. When we unite together, our message of strength and hope is much stronger.
The Chestnut Hill location (200 Boylston St.) will be open Monday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
"Where’s the daikon?!"
Over the last month or so, we’ve seen some pretty emotional reactions to our shredded daikon leaving our noodle salads. Like “Rose, I can’t believe you let him just fall to the bottom of the ocean after he said he’ll love you forever” emotional.
With our expansion, we’ve been doubling back to make sure that we’re still maintaining the highest possible food quality that we can. The water content in our shredded daikon was making our carrots limp and soggy. By omitting them, we’re sacrificing minimal flavor for maximum quality. #TeamCrispCarrots
Fort Point customers, you may have noticed that there’s no daikon anywhere on the menu at this brick and mortar location. The reason for this is simple: we want to be good neighbors.
Daikon sometimes has a distinct smell that’s particularly offensive to some (read more about the specifics of this smell here: http://www.seriouseats.com/talk/2011/06/stinky-daikon.html), and the air flow over at Fort Point seems to let odors seep through the walls more than other locations. As tasty as pickled daikon is, we decided to wave a white flag in the direction of the funk that our favorite Asian radish creates.
With that said, we’re adding cool new things to our menu as well. Most noteworthy is our new relationship with Evy Tea. Evy Tea offers up a premium cold brew that we’re excited to share with our customers at all locations. Ali and Evy of Evy Tea have been friends since their childhood days, and we’re looking forward to using their culinary minds to bring you some flavorful new drink specials in the upcoming months.
More fun additions include a housemade breakfast sandwich (!!!) exclusively at Boston Public Market, and a Red Curry Pulled Chicken special for all trucks and restaurants.
Let us know, what do you want to see next on the menu?
It’s starting to feel like Fall (finally!) and we’re doing a bit of reflecting on this summer.
We started off the season by touching base with our inner nerds and launching online ordering at our One Kendall Square restaurant. The program is a huge success, and hundreds of you have been able to get your sandwiches, rice bowls, and noodle salads with just the click of a mouse. Given its popularity, we’re aiming on getting online ordering at some of our other brick-and-mortar locations as well, stay tuned!
Speaking of brick-and-mortars, this summer brought along two huge openings for Bon Me. The first is a restaurant stand inside Boston Public Market. It’s thrilling to be a part of this year-round indoor market, and we're enthusiastic for collaborations with some of the vendor neighbors. There’s a whole lot of cheese, sausage, and sweets that we’ve been window shopping for on our lunch breaks!
The second opening on our list is the long-awaited restaurant at Fresh Pond in Alewife. Fresh Pond is the only Bon Me location with a deep fryer, and as expected, we were joyously frying up things all summer long to come up with the perfect bites for the new space.
Karaage fried chicken, Japanese sweet potato fries, and Bon Me Dogs (an item we haven’t served up since the last Food Truck Throwdown!) are the products of our summer of testing. We’re serving these up for dinner in Fresh Pond to help you slip into a comforting food coma a little closer to bedtime.
So what’s next after this crazy summer? We’ve got some more growth happening with a 6th truck underway (we’re looking for color suggestions!) and a restaurant in development over at Chestnut Hill.
It’s crazy to think that just a few years ago, we were one small yellow truck slinging sandwiches to a few hundred people a day, and now we’re thinking about restaurant #5 and truck #6. Thanks for following us on the journey — we couldn’t do it without you hungry folks!
It’s been about a month since we’ve opened up the option of line cutting via online ordering at Bon Me One Kendall. We’ve had a few minor hiccups along the way -- a 20 entrée online order in the middle of our lunch rush certainly made us reevaluate the capacity of orders we could take at once, and the common comments of “MISO PORK INSTEAD OF BBQ PORK PLZ” have us rethinking the menu offerings online – but overall, the process has been smooth sailing!
Our vision is that regular customers who definitely know what they want for lunch get in and out of the door more quickly, and those that need a little bit more time deciding have the opportunity to peruse without feeling the pressure from those waiting behind them. Lunch break minutes are valuable, and we’d rather have you folks enjoying your food with this precious time rather than standing around waiting for it!
We’ve got a distinct “Pick Up Here” sign coming soon to One Kendall to help ease any confusion on where you grab your online orders from – there have been a handful of online orderers empathetic to those waiting in line, but we promise there are no hard feelings if you cut straight to the front!
Have you had a chance to test out the system? Let us know what you think!