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The Food Issue

Rolling with the Mei Mei Street Kitchen

Find out what it takes to operate one mobile eatery serving contemporary Chinese-American cuisine.

ANDREW LI’S TWO SISTERS are as passionate about food as he is. He found that out through a blog they started. Margaret (Mei) was in San Francisco and then London, Irene was studying at Cornell, and the blog was their way of keeping in touch, sharing recipes, and talking about the food they were eating. Andrew, now 31, had worked in management at Legal Sea Foods and at Harvest in Cambridge and dreamed of starting his own business.

It all coalesced late in 2011 when Mei and Irene (now 30 and 22, respectively) returned home to Brookline, where they’d all grown up, and the trio hit on the idea of launching a food truck. They knew they wanted to source everything locally and offer Bostonians contemporary Chinese-American cuisine they’d not tasted before.

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