If you've been living in Adelaide for long enough, then there's a very high probability that you've heard of and even been introduced to the goodness that is Gang Gang Co.. Within their beautiful banana-colored food truck that is affectionately named "Trailer Swift", co-partners Nina Hadinata and Morgen Wynn specialise in carefully selecting ingredients that complement each other and create a meal that is wholesome, hearty, and heavenly in flavour.
Now, after running their successful business via their food truck that has made appearances via several pop-ups and community events, markets, and festivals since January 2018, the duo has taken the next step in setting up a brick-and-mortar eatery that has perched itself in Parkside. Resembling the look and feel of a relaxed island resort, the space is painted in a breezy and summer-friendly colour palette of white and yellow, as a homage to their signature logo, whilst hitting the mark with the inviting aesthetic of lush greenery, pendant light fittings, and rattan-style furniture that create a cosy and welcoming vibe in all corners of the deli (inside and out).
For their soft opening earlier today, a friend and I decided to go all-out and get a feast to celebrate our favourite business opening up shop. For drinks, I got the freshly squeezed orange juice ($6), which was super refreshing and perfect to enjoy in the Spring sunshine. My friend got the ginger-turmeric kombucha by Adelaide-based brewery Scull which tasted a lot like ginger beer and had an appealing zest to its taste that worked brilliantly as a thirst quencher.
Fresh OJ and Scull Kombucha (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)
Next up - the food! We came in hungry, so we went for the following options:
The chilli scramble ($17) came with buttery scrambled eggs that are served on sour dough, topped with goat's cheese, sautéed baby tomatoes, and served with a side of fig chilli jam. It's the ideal brunch - lunch meal to enjoy in the early afternoon and I found the fig chilli jam to be a game-changer in delivering a tangy taste to an otherwise simple meal. The eggs were light and fluffy, which complemented the creaminess of the goat's cheese, the crunchiness of the sour dough, and the juiciness of the sautéed tomatoes effortlessly.
We were also recommended the taco(s) of the day ($17), which included three serves of flour-based tacos with traditional, shredded Balinese chicken, Gang-style slaw, topped with sesame mayo, and served with a side of house-made coriander sauce. The chicken was tender and the sesame mayo presented with a level of spiciness that was easy to manage. The crunchiness of the slaw worked brilliantly with the juiciness of the shredded chicken pieces and the softness of the taco tortillas.
While we were pretty full at this point, one cannot go to Gang Gang Co. and not have their burgers. The Cardi B signature chicken burger ($16) has been a forever favourite and I don't think there's ever been a time where I haven't ordered this delicious burger as part of my Gang Gang Co. dining experience. Served with crispy buttermilk chicken breast, smashed avocado, Balinese salsa, Gang-style slaw, and sweet chilli mayo, this went down like a treat, thanks to its unique combinations of ingredients that seemed to work beautifully with each other. There's something about that Balinese salsa that gives the burger its distinctive character and while it has had a reputation of selling out within the first hour through their food truck services, co-partner Nina happily informed us that their location is in close proximity to the local grocery store, which means that they will have enough to keep up with its ever-growing demand.
Finally, I also got the God's Plan classic cheeseburger ($16) for my partner. It came with a smashed patty that is made in-house with a premium mince blend, sliced buffalo tomatoes, red onions, pickles, melted American cheese, ketchup, mustard, and mayo. Given how a lot of burger places nowadays go for the theatrics and the over-the-top presentation with a bland-tasting burger hiding within, it can sometimes be a bit tricky to find someplace that does a decent classic cheeseburger. Luckily for us, Gang Gang Co. knows how to keep it simple whilst maintaining a high level of quality and taste through their meals and this was one that was spot-on in satisfying the hunger cravings! In fact, Gang Gang Co.'s foods are comfort foods for a reason - they deliver in taste, presentation, and leave you feeling satisfied, rather than giving you a bloated feeling with a 'food baby' - something that is rare and hard to find; especially when it comes to burgers!
God's Plan classic cheeseburger (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)
Gang Gang Co. may have only been in business for a bit under two years, but they have already proven themselves, time and time again, to be pouring in a consistent level of hard work, cheekiness, and playfulness through their meals that boast of a contemporary fusion of flavours from Asia (Indonesia) and America (Los Angeles) and are given iconic and unforgettable names (Spice Girl, Hot Kim, Kiki, and Tinie Tempeh - to name a few). Now that they have a solid base through their all-day deli that is situated in a prime spot that is easily accessible and not too far out of the CBD, customers can expect to enjoy a range of delicacies for brunch and lunch options that can be accompanied by teas from The Tea Catcher, coffee from local roasters Two Fish, freshly baked bread and pastries from Sheoak Bakery, and, of course, Asian-inspired burgers and comfort food that won't leave you feeling guilty for indulging in top-quality meals.
The only thing I have left to ask you is, are you ready to eat, gang?
Gang Gang Co. is now open on Unley Road in Parkside 7x days a week from 9am - 4pm. Expect to enjoy a range of brunch and lunch options that stay true to their promise of delivering "Asian-inspired comfort food".