Eire Trea May Be the World's First Irish-Eritrean Food Truck

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Yes, you read that right: Irish-Eritrean.
Alan Hyland, who originally comes from a small town near Galway, had spent the past couple of years bouncing around the idea of starting up a food truck specializing in Irish food -- "sort of like a chippie," he explains, the kind of food stand you find parked outside the bars, filling up drinkers mid-session. 

Along the way, Hyland began chatting about his plans with an Eritrean guy in his apartment building named Absulam Abdai, who himself was plotting out his own ideas for an Eritrean food truck. "Just the effort to get going, and the need to pool resources, had us saying, 'Let's team up and we'll see where it gets us,'" Hyland says. 

This is how Éire Trea, the world's first Irish-Eritrean food truck, came to be. Since November, Hyland and Abdai have been making irregular appearances so far while they wait for the DPW to issue their permits to park on the street. So far, Éire Trea has popped up at places like the Lunch Box (a food-truck pod at First and Mission streets) and outside Danny Coyle's. The pair are looking for other spots near Irish bars, as well as in Oakland, the heart of the Bay Area's Eritrean community.

So far, there's very little fusing of the two cuisines. The menu lists dishes like battered sausages, Irish curry with chips -- Irish curry tastes similar to Japanese curry, Hyland says -- and shepherd's pie, alongside chicken doro-wat or vegetable stew served over injera bread. They've attempted a couple of fusion experiments, such as shiro (ground-chickpea stew) nachos, and have a few more ideas they're playing around with, but it's still early days. Abdai and Hyland just moved into a new commercial kitchen shared by an Irish baker, so they may start selling fresh baked goods as well.
With no regular parking spots to date, you'll have to follow Éire Trea on Facebookand Twitter to track them down. And if you've tried their food, let us know -- SFoodie confesses our minds are still blown by the concept of Irish-Eritrean fusion.

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24 comments
chrisbee32
chrisbee32

just had the veggie dish today downtown - delish! 

TreeA
TreeA

want, want, want!

Almaz Teclemariam
Almaz Teclemariam

I LIKE THE CREATIVETI OF LOVE ,THE SWEET GOOD .FOOD ,POWERFULL FOOD OF LOVE .GO GO GO ABDI BOY ,AND JULAN ,I WISH YOU EVERY SUCCESS ,

Gillian
Gillian

On a whim, I tried a breakfast wrap from EireTrea on Superbowl Sunday-- I got way more than I expected-- it might have been one of the favorite things I have ever eaten: a whole wheat wrap stuffed with fluffy scrambled eggs, melted cheese, and a gorgeous rainbow medley of vegetables, purple cabbage, greens, red onion with a delightfully savory curry-like paste... I'm getting excited just re-living this meal!  Definitely worth checking out, and the guys were super nice too.  -- new Afro-Celt devotee

Ramus_87
Ramus_87

Immpressive keep it up Uncle Absi  !!!

Tesfaldet Abraha
Tesfaldet Abraha

this is good  people  know  eritrea  most  dont know  but  this  will put eritrea  on the map how its  people  & food  is  so  sweet

Mike
Mike

waw a very nice and gud idea

Bin_jemaleddin
Bin_jemaleddin

Mashallah it is a very nice creation, go ahead may Allah helps u 

Delix
Delix

Come to Seattle. Excellent idea. God bless you for painting the right picture of Eritrea in the streets of Europe. After all, Eritrea means sweet and delicious!!

aab
aab

The shire nachos are to die for. This has to be the most innovative reinvention of Eritrean cuisine to date. These guys deserve all the praises they are getting, and more.

Sam
Sam

The currey fries are amazing! Love this truck!

Iyasu
Iyasu

what a brilliant idea! I wish you all success

Veronica
Veronica

This truck used to be near my office and I was going there almost every day for veggie delite! Yuuuum! I haven't tried many of the Irish selections (although the curry fries have tempted me more than once), but the veggie Eritrean stuff is AWESOME. Hope they bring back their veggie burger (best I ever had ANYWHERE) and shephard's pie with Eritrean spices!!

Laura
Laura

Irish and Eritrean - who would've thunken?? It turns out to be a delightful combo, served by the nicest folks you could ever want to meet!! The Shiro is scrumptious and the Shepherds pie is to die for. I'll follow Eire Trea anywhere they go in the city. Thanks guys! 

Kahsai
Kahsai

I am a world citizen from Eritea and Love the whole idea. I suggest Chicke Tsebhie (Doro wat) pie. I wish them sucess it made me so happy to see our cultures melding.

Emma D
Emma D

Trust me, it's delicious. The curry chips and veggie special are especially amazing. Thanks for reporting on this truck--- I've been hoping other people would notice it!

Wrutfiytf
Wrutfiytf

The kind of food the eriterian guy claimes eritrean is in fact ethiopian in origin.It common ethiopian food and not eritrean,which does not have any indiginous one at all

Dave_Lieberman
Dave_Lieberman

@Wrutfiytf Are you done correcting the Internet yet?

Gualeritrea01
Gualeritrea01

STFU! Eritrea and Ethiopia were once the same.. regardless someone can say eritrean or ethopian. 

merhawie
merhawie

Wholly false. Eritrean food and Ethiopian foods are mostly different with similarity being due geography rather than cultural theft. Props to Eire Trea, I love the fusion idea!

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