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Published August 2nd 2014
Get a bun in your oven
The Bun Mobile - Photo by Gabriel Viet (Courtesy Bun Mobile Facebook Page)
Food trucks are definitely de rigueur in Brisbane right now. As one of the biggest 'food trends' of the last couple of years, Brisbanites have come to enjoy new mobile food ventures entering the mobile catering market on a frequent basis. However none are so established and well known in Brissie as The Bun Mobile.
Delivering gourmet meals on wheels since early 2012, The Bun Mobile probably needs little introduction for food-aware locals and there's a good chance you've seen the brightly coloured red and blue trucks around town. From New York to Taiwan, the concept of the Bun Mobile and the delicious steamed bun offerings have gained the attention of the local, national and international media. The concept is the brain child of former executive chef, Daniel Clark who has had stints at London, LA, and Cyprus and who has an incredible knack for pairing ingredients which complement one another.
If, however, you are unfamiliar with the concept of the mobile food here is the sitch:
Two Bun Mobiles (the red van traverses the Northside, and blue the Southside) travel to different suburbs daily. (Sunday and Monday are usually the days off for the mobiles) The locations change from week so the best way to keep tabs on their locations (and if they will be in your neighbourhood) is to follow their movements on social media. The Bun Mobile Website also has their locations for the week so you can plan your bun eating in line with your movements around Brisbane.
They serve up Asian style steam buns, similar to hamburger size, stuffed with eclectic and ever changing gourmet ingredients. With options like lemongrass, black beans, apple slaw, beef brisket and haloumi, each of their mouthwatering stuffings are sure to whet your appetite, and at $8.00 per bun, and $10.00 for their special creations, it's hard to argue with the price.
I've only eaten at the Bun Mobile twice, but when the stars align and I remember to check where they are (or their notifications pop up on Facebook and they happen to be in my 'hood), it doesn't matter if I've already bought dinner, any cooking plans go out the window in favour on the sacred bun.
I can recommend the Texan Pulled Pork - pulled pork is something that's very 'in' right now, featuring on menus of all stripes. It's for good reason as the juicy, tender slow cooked pieces melt in the mouth and perfectly complement the smoky BBQ sauce, bacon pieces and apple-slaw. I'm pretty confident however that with the expertise of the team behind the menu, every single offering is as good as the next. The pork belly bun with coriander is also a juicy winner that will make you weak at the knees.
Texan Pulled Pork with Apple Slaw and Smoky BBQ sauce
It took me a while to get onto The Bun Mobile, but I've now joined the ranks of fans who are fervently checking their whereabouts and even stalking them around the suburbs to enjoy my next fix. What are you waiting for? Thes are the gourmet, innovative and exciting lunch or dinner options that have put the mobile catering scene in Brisbane on the map.
Some of the items on the changing specials menu:
Texan style shredded beef brisket with black bean corn and avocado salsa
Peri Peri chicken with chorizo, peri peri aioli, avocado salsa and baby cos lettuce
Grilled tender chicken with seared pancetta, haloumi and pea pesto
Grilled Chicken, pancetta, haloumi and pea pesto steamed bun