Jakob’s Kitchen/White Guy Cools Thai @ Yarraville Gardens
We’ve never been clear on what the impediments were that kept Melbourne’s growing food truck scene out of the western suburbs for so long.
Whatever they were, they now seem to be points of the moot variety – as the food truck floodgates appear to have opened.
Who would’ve believed a few short months ago that on the Saturday before Christmas, Yarraville Gardens would be graced with not one, not two but THREE food trucks?
Yours truly has had some pleasure exploring the truckies, but for Bennie this is a first, so he’s suitably excited.
We head straight for Jakob’s Kitchen, which specialises in sausages and kranskys and the like.
We both get smoked cheese and chilli kransky.
We’re given a significant discount on account of us turning up about 20 minutes past opening time but things not really being up and rolling.
This discount is afforded us, we hasten to add, before the boss – Andy, dad of the eponymous Jakob – discovers we are punters of the blogging variety.
But even at the full whack of $8 we’d have no cause for complaint – our snags are fine!
The chilli hit is just right for both of us, the onions do their job and the cheese is flavoursome.
I had thought that’d be lunch for us completed, but after a pleasant jaunt around the park and the taking in of the summery sound of leather on willow – and as this is Bennie’s first food truck outing – we prolong our eating by hitting White Guy Cooks Thai, the crew of which is by this time operating right next door to the snagmobile.
On its first visit to Yarraville, I’d gone the curry route.
This time we both get banh mi sliders ($4) – pork belly for him, prawns for me.
They’re incredibly delicious – the main ingredients, the creamy mayo, the seasonings, the fresh rolls all insanely good.
That’s it for us – we’ll leave it to other hungry locals to partake of Dos Diablos Mobile Cantina, which is also due to arrive any time at Yarraville Gardens.
Have you seen the NZ reality show on food trucks? The last ep I saw was about an Auckland guy who started a dial-a-curry service—that is, customers called and ordered, he drove to their house and cooked the curry outside the house, then delivered it to their door, piping hot. To boot, he decided to do a healthier and lower fat version of NZ’s favourite takeaway (apparently), butter chicken. On this show, they said Indian curries were virtually unknown on the NZ restaurant scene until the late 1970s (I remember Trooper Cooper’s Curry House was the big one in Auckland). Now, however, Indian curry in NZ is as popular as it is in England.
No, haven’t seen that – would like to! Butter chicken? Geez, talk about over-rated. The contemporary equivalent of sweet and sour …
Yes, exactly! The Food Truck is on tonight (Sunday) on 7 Two at 6.30pm. Tonight’s ep is about a takeaway roast meal food-truck operating at the Wheels and Wings day at Ardmore. It’s followed by another NZ program which you may remember, Country Calendar, at 7pm, which was great last week, talking about sustainable living on farm land.
Maddy and I sampled both White Guy Cooks Thai and Dos Diablos on the weekend.
Both were excellent and I enjoyed my pork Banh Mi slider so much I had to order a second one.
Agree!And at $4, why the hell not!