COSTA MESA — If you've ordered from the Wahoo's Fish Taco food truck this summer, there a good chance your grilled fish burrito was served up by Wing Lam, the restaurant chain's co-founder.
And even with 60 Wahoo's locations nationwide — and about 30 more scheduled to open in the near future — the 49-year-old Newport Beach resident still finds time to man the truck as it roams the streets of Orange County.
"I want to be there, to get that first-hand reaction, when people bite into their burrito," he said.
Wahoo's unusual Brazilian-Mexican-Hawaiian fusion menu is based on Lam's original recipes and reflects his upbringing in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and surf trips to Mexico andHawaii.
The truck, often parked in Corona del Mar this summer, also doubles as Lam's mobile test kitchen.
Lam doesn't get to interact with customers as much as he used to when he and his brothers, Ed Lee, 47, and Mingo Lee, 42, opened the first Wahoo's in 1988 in Costa Mesa.