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Published July 17th 2014
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Phat Buddha Rolls

If you've wandered about Adelaide recently you can hardly have missed noticing that Adelaide restaurants are facing some steep lunchtime competition from food trucks like the Chimichurri Grill and Veggie Velo.

Compounding the excitement is the food truck frenzy that is Fork on the Road, which recently added an evening session to the usually lunchtime service.

I'd noticed the colourful Phat Buddha van around several times, and finally could resist no longer at the Vacant Space alternative market.

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Cellophane Art

Watching all the guys energetically spraying aerosols over cellophane in an effort to envelop Light Square in colour was making my stomach rumble, so I sauntered to the Phat Buddha truck while it was enjoying a quiet moment.

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Phat Buddha Rolls Menu

The menu was fairly simple - a choice of either beef or chicken roll
with lemongrass, or spring rolls. Soft drinks are available of course. Apparently a vegetarian (zucchini) roll is normally available too, but I didn't see it on the menu today.

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Barbeque Smells Mmmm

The smell of the meat barbequeing was irresistible, while all the salad ingredients looked fresh.

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Precizion Dancers

The Precizion Dancers were doing a great job of entertaining the crowd as my bahn mi-like roll was quickly and expertly assembled.

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Chicken Lemongrass Roll

Finally ready, the serving lady was happy to display the colourful chicken and lemongrass roll for me.

I quickly secreted myself under a tree to do the taste test. Thre results were very satisfying - a fresh burst of flavours from the lemongrass and coriander went splendidly with the tender chicken, while the other salad vegetables were crisp and tasty.

The Phat Buddha Facebook page mentions that the meat is marinated at least 24 hours prior to cooking, and I could easily believe this as there was a delicious and complex blend of flavours that I found hard to identify.

Best of all, the roll was filling too - in fact there was just enough left over for my dogs to enjoy a meager taste.

This is one I'd definitely try again - have you tried it yet?

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Your Comment
I never saw an roll like this in Cambodia , but I will look when I am there in August . They look yummy .
by sylvi (score: 2|295) 1458 days ago
Was thinking it was about time we had another food truck article from you Dave :)

Never had Phat Buddha rolls but they do look like Vietnamese banh mi. Seems like the salad ingredients are a little different? Not sure whether its bean sprouts and capsicum I see in the photo. Were the vegies pickled?
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1590) 1981 days ago
Where is the vacant space market? would be helpful to have an address thanks.
by marie (score: 1|24) 1979 days ago
hmm, did anyone notice the dude lighting up a ciggi right in front of the Van..?? I am guessing the photographer didn't or thought it was a beef lemon grass roll..!
by cecel (score: 0|6) 1979 days ago
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