Farang Thai BBQ, Highpoint, Maribyrnong. Phone: 0478 959 182
Heading to Highpoint, we have no previous experience with the food truck iteration of Farang.
I warn Bennie – and in the process, myself – to keep expectations in check.
A food truck setting up a pop-up operation at a shopping centre?
My scepticism is not just about the quality of the food, but also concerns serving sizes.
We are HUNGRY.
We shall see.
Farang is set up in shipping containers outside at the Rosamond Road side of Highpoint.
It’s well done. There’s the kitchen/servery, some outdoor tables and a cosy indoor area with a bench and seating.
My doubts are given a swift kick towards optimism with a view of the gleaming kitchen.
I mean, how often do you see a fat mortar and pestle in such a place?
We both order Farang’s meal-for-one box set for $15, myself with house-made northern Thai sausage, papaya salad, relish (nam prik noom), sticky rice and (as a sort-of garish) the health food known as crispy pork cracklings.
And – just like that (sound of fingers snapping) – there go all my all low expectations.
This is some serious Thai tucker.
The serve size is excellent for the price ($15).
The papaya salad is wet, crunchy, delicious and studded with peanuts.
Amazing – they explode with flavour from lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves and more.
Bennie’s similar Farang box deal come with grilled pork shoulder (moo yong) with nam jim jaow dipping sauce.
He, too, loves his meal – though, IMO, the meat is merely very good, as opposed to my superb sausages.
Our box deals have been sufficiently generous and fine to assuage our hearty appetites, but in the interests of a broader blog story, we order Farang’s grilled corn ($6).
We have been short-changed elsewhere when ordering variations of this dish.
But here we’re happy.
The corn is juicy and comes with a coating of salted coconut milk and, according to the menu, sweet chilli jam.
There’s precious little evidence of the latter, but we both nod approvingly as we gnaw.
Bring on the dental floss.
Farang Thai BBQ will, we’re told, be at Highpoint until March – after which other arrangements may kick in.
It is open until 9pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; until 6pm on the other days.