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So, tell us your story. How’d you get into the food-truck life?
After spending 22 years trapped behind a desk as a public servant, an opportunity
arose to take a voluntary severance package. My wife and I joked about me
starting up a food van, but as time progressed the ‘joke’ wore off. Last summer
in Perth was a big one for food vans, which culminated in the first Food Truck
Rumble. Seeing the vendors that rocked in that day cemented it for me – I had the
van built locally, attended a couple of seminars held by Roy Chin from Jumplings
and Brendon from Little Caesars Pizzette, and started planning the food.
At the time, nobody in Perth was really serving Texas barbecue, which is ‘slow
and low’ cooked meats in smokers – to the point where they fall apart and have
a distinct smoky flavour. My idea was to combine this with my love of traditional
Mexican food – ironically picked up during regular trips to Bali! My take on it was
to put the Texas barbecue meats, like brisket, pulled pork, smoked chipotle and
chicken, and serve them up in imported authentic burritos and soft corn tacos
with handmade salsas, sauces and pickles. I love the way pickled pineapple adds
another level to barbecue pulled pork, or combining traditional pickled red onion
with beef brisket cuts through the fatty mouth taste to highlight the succulent
smoky flavours of the meat.
What do you reckon is the best winter meal on your menu?
I love a simple and fresh lime and coriander rice with a hearty beef chilli, a spoon
of sour cream and a squirt of some good hot sauce. It’s the one dish, in my
opinion, where you can go pretty hard with the spice from the hot sauce and still
enjoy the flavours of the dish. Some people think my hot sauce is too tame, and
we’ve had to ensure a bottle of Sriracha is always on hand to keep guys like Roy
from Jumplings happy.
Find at Park’d , Curtin; City Farm Hawkers Markets;
Inglewood on Beaufort markets.
This is vintage in two senses of
the word – retro gear for sale at
a winery! Held at Oakover Wines,
this quarterly market’s been a hit
with people who pine for a bygone
era, with more than a hundred
vintage and rockabilly vendors.
If vintage clothing isn’t enough
for you, get a haircut at an old-
fashioned barbershop, check out
old automobiles and bikes (Penny
Farthing, anyone?), and do the
Charleston to live tunes.
Oakover Wines, date TBA.
No daggy nanna knits here: this
bright-and-shiny pop-up market has
already scored a heap of fans for its
cool, young aesthetic. Make sure to
like them on Facebook to find out
when you can stock up next on local
designers, pre-loved luxe labels, and
Venue and date TBA.
New Clothes Markets We Heart
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