The size and types of food truck equipment in your truck or commercial kitchens will play major roles in determining the items you can include on your menu. The larger the kitchen and the wider the range of equipment, the more menu items you can offer.

However, if you try to offer too large or complex a menu out of a tiny food truck kitchen (which can be done, though it isn’t easy) you may run into serious problems during busy times. Having proper stations set up in your kitchen will also help you and your staff from cross-contaminating menu items.

Why You Need To Match Your Menu To Your Food Truck Equipment

If you choose not to install a fryer due to space limitations, then you shouldn’t add items like French fries, onion rings, and other fried foods to your menu, even if your customers continually ask for them. If you expect sandwiches to play a prominent role on your food truck menu, be sure you have enough room for a sandwich station in one or both of your kitchens.

Now, if you’re planning to use a concept that will have you making styles of food that require specialty kitchen equipment, be sure your truck or commercial kitchen has the space or ability to have it installed. Here are some of the styles of cuisine (and typical related food truck equipment) that may require more than a flat-top grill, convection oven, or deep fryer in your equipment list.

Food Truck Equipment For Different Styles Of Food

For Chinese/Thai food:

  • Bamboo steamer
  • Rice cooker
  • Wok

For Greek/Middle Eastern food:

  • Gyro machine
  • Juice machine
  • For Hispanic food:
  • Cheese melter
  • Chip warmer
  • Salamander broiler

For Indian food:

  • Rice cooker
  • Tandoori oven

For Italian food:

  • Meat slicer
  • Pasta rollers
  • Pasta cookers
  • Pizza oven
  • Pizza prep table
  • Sandwich grill/press

The Bottom Line

You can find most of the preceding list of equipment online or at a local kitchen equipment supplier. If this will be food truck equipment, you’ll have to come up with the means to mount it to the truck for safety. In addition, if you’re retrofitting a truck that already has a generator installed in it, be sure it’ll be able to supply ample power for your additional equipment.

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