Big Cook Litle Cook. Phone: 0450 395 344
I reckon there’s ground for considering that phrase as a food style.
You know … Vietnamese, Ethiopian, fish ‘n’ chips, burgers, Indo-Chinese, pizza, food truck.
Take, for instance, my rather nice Saturday lunch from a new arrival in the ranks of Yarraville Gardens truck squadron … Big Cook Little Cook.
Big Cook’s Classic has tandoori chicken pieces, rice, hummus, Big Cook’s salad and roti.
It’s a good feed and I’ve been more than happy to pay $12 for it.
The chicken has good tandoori flavour, the hummus is fresh-as, the roti hot and flaky.
And there’s nothing at all incongruous about various elements of my meal deriving from various parts of the planet.
But it does seem like a food truck meal!
Same goes for my friend’s Smoky Chilli Jam Chicken, also costing $12, with its sticky Indo-Chinese vibe.
I get talking to Conan, the offspring part of the father-and-son duo of Big Cook Little Cook, the name of which was chosen to give them flexibility in terms of not being tied down to a single style of food.
Conan and Raymond are much-travelled and passionate about what they are doing.
Conan asks me what I think about the pricing of the food trucks in general.
The prices of the regular Yarraville truck gang actually seem remarkably consistent.
I tell him I’m sure the trucks are setting their prices very scientifically and where they must – any cheaper and they’d not be in business.
Our $12 meals have been fairly priced.
But the truth is a fully satisfying truck meal of main, a little something extra for, say, $5 or so plus a drink can run to about $20.
Many people, I suspect, compare that with the plethora of nearby regular eatery options that are cheaper and also involve tables and table service.
Still, as the several hundred folks out and about and busily trucking on what feels like the first day of spring attest, the food trucks have certainly found a place in the collective heart of the inner west.
It’s a happy scene indeed!