In what may very well be a first for the region, Seattle and the Eastside will soon get to indulge in Uzbek hand pies called samsa courtesy of a new food truck named Tabassum.
Founder Suriya Yunusov has fond memories of enjoying samsa back in her native Uzbekistan. “These tasty buns are one of Central Asia’s most popular street foods. Every Uzbek family has a favorite samsa recipe, and we do too,” Suriya said via a public relations representative. “We’re bringing the authentic spices and flavors to Northwest streets wrapped all in a flaky bundle of puff pastry.”
Tabassum, which means “smile” in Uzbek, will serve two samsa, one with Halal ground beef and cumin, the other a vegetarian version with butternut squash, garlic, and cumin. There will also be two salads (beet and carrot) and drinks.
Yunusov has rolled out her pies through a few soft launches in Everett, Bellevue, and Mountlake Terrace over the past month while waiting for a spot to open at a local food truck pod. Though she’s still waiting for a slot to become available, Yunusov is ready to serve hand pies at Rock City in Everett tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then, on February 12, Tabassum will park at the Fremont Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More locations will be announced on the truck’s Twitter and Facebook pages.