I'm a wine professional, living in Bangkok and travelling frequently throughout South East Asia. I'm a huge fan of Laos and Cambodia and off the beaten track travel. Feel free to contact me at: www.facebook.com/mil.elephants
Published July 2nd 2016
I wasn't really sure what it was, but it was unforgettable
There's something strange happening in Melbourne. Something strange and bizarrely appealing.
Let me put this in context. I've lived in Asia for many years and have just returned for an extended period.
When did the Halal Snack Pack emerge? I'm not really sure, but it seems to be a purely Australian phenomenon. It has a magnetic appeal. Firstly it's huge. A base of chips, normally thick cut, then liberally slathered in cheese, then topped off with your choice of meat, normally either lamb or chicken. Then finished off with your favourite sauce, or combination of sauces.
My preference is for chips, cheese, lamb and garlic and chilli sauces. The highlight for me being the chilli and garlic combination. There's something of a guilty pleasure to this creation. You know you're about to consume enough calories for a full weekend and as the potatoes are fried within an inch of their lives, there's no redeeming nutritionally quality to this.
You know it obtained even more fame during the election campaign, right? Sam Dastyari invited Pauline Hanson to sample one in Sydney. She refused of course - being the narrow minded ex-chip shop owner she is - but now we all know what a HSP is!
I'm so excited to try this - it sounds fantastic. In Adelaide it's called an "AB". It's the exact same thing - chips, meat, sauce - at you get it from kebab shops. I'm glad I now know what it's called in Melbourne - thanks :)