The first time I heard about Food Truck PheNomNomNom I got really excited. It was to be the first food truck festival in Brisbane. What’s not to get excited? Especially after hearing about the spectacular and popular food truck events in other capital cities!
I also then learnt that it was going to be held at the Coorparoo Bowls Club – a mere 5 minute walk from where I live!
This was as close as I was going to get to having a food truck deliver food to my door.
The line for Juan More Taco was the longest.
So that meant automatic exclusion. The only other appealing food truck that I was eager to try was from Sushi Neko Food Van.
Featuring two friendly lucky neko (“cats”) and a delicious looking menu!
We ordered a chicken bento box ($9) and a serve of takoyaki (6 pieces, $5) to share.
The bento box featured two battered fried chicken skewers, two temari rolls with fresh salmon, a small swirl of bright green seaweed salad and the must-have squeeze of Kewpie mayo!
Temari sushi are ball-shaped sushi with the topping, often a sliver of fish, as a little cap on top. The salmon was fresh and a generous size that wrapped around almost half of the ball of rice. The seaweed salad was glorious bright green – and to boot is incredibly good for you. Made from wakame seaweed, it’s packed full of fibre, vitamins and minerals! A nice addition. This bento box was probably amongst the healthiest options on the day!
Usually Sushi Neko Food Van have a whole display case full of different types of temari. Sadly, this case was empty all day due to the unexpected crowd numbers.
The takoyaki was my favourite. Takoyaki is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of batter and cooked in a special takoyaki pan. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus. I’m biased because I love all forms of takoyaki. This version had a mushy, soft batter with tender chunks of octopus. It’s a real show watching these get made. They get flipped very quickly! It wasn’t possible to watch these get made because of the height of the truck though.
Takoyaki is usually served with a sweet, sticky, brown sauce – think of it like a Japanese version of Worcestershire sauce as well as kewpie mayo, and shavings of dried bonito. I nearly always order takoyaki as a side when I eat out at a Japanese restaurant.
We didn’t make it to the other food trucks that day but it was a relaxing afternoon on the green. It certainly got a bit cooler after the heat of midday. A pretty awesome way to end out the weekend and a great idea to meet the demands of Brisbane food lovers.
All of the food truck vendors mentioned that they were completely under-prepared for the popularity of the event.
Will travel for food is slowly becoming Brisbane’s motto.
The next date for Food Truck PheNomNomNom has already been announced to be held on Thursday 17th July from 5.30pm to 9pm. Keep track of them on Facebook to find out where they’ll pop up next!
Follow Sushi Neko Food Van on Facebook to see where they’ll pop up next.