Lucky Cat Coffee brings Hong Kong treat to Lewiston streets

Nov. 18—LEWISTON — This unique concept comes from Hong Kong, where the owner of a new food truck in town got her first taste of bubble waffles, a popular street food there, on a trip to visit her best friend.

They call it gai daan jai, which is Cantonese for bubble waffles. It's the centerpiece of Lisa Harvey's new business venture, Lucky Cat Coffee, a food truck that serves fresh coffees, teas and fruit-filled brioche buns in addition to those famous bubble waffles at her primary parking spot at 426 Lisbon St., in the lot next to Urban Farms. It is mobile, so it's always best to check the Lucky Cat Coffee truck social media pages on Instagram and Facebook for the most up to date location information.

Harvey says it's been in the works for a few years. "We always wanted a coffee shop," she told The Buzz on Tuesday afternoon. The COVID-19 pandemic put a roadblock in her plans.

"Why not a food truck," she said. "Because you can take it anywhere you want, low overhead costs and gives us a chance to get our feet on the ground."

Open just three weeks, Lucky Cat Coffee already has some regulars and is getting good feedback from customers in person and online.

"They're delicious because they're so simple," Harvey said about her bubble waffles. The recipe, however, took her two years to perfect, because the street vendors in Hong Kong don't write down their recipes, and the rest of the world uses the metric system, which means all the ingredient measurements need to be converted.

Harvey is calling it a dessert and coffee experience, although it could also be breakfast.

"It ends up being great, because the two compliment each other really well," Harvey said.

Look for the Lucky Cat Coffee truck 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Times and days may change as the seasons change, and you can always check on Instagram @luckycatcoffeetruck and Facebook @KitsuneKafe, or call 207-745-9111.