“A food truck’s a great idea. We’re talking about a white-on-white, ’88 Chevy food truck. It’s a blank canvas for your dreams.” – Marvin from the motion picture Chef
Food trucks are dream machines for the hungry populace of Melbourne. They bring flexibility and convenience to how we obtain our food and is a better alternative to many dirty take-away. Evolving from the kebab stand at servos, food trucks of today provide a serious assortment of high quality food to meet the standards of Melbourne foodies. With plenty of food trucks making their mark (or shall we say marking their territory), there is bound to be one close to you.
Hammer & Tong has successfully established itself as an exceptional brunch destination with almost perfect service. On the back of their brunch success, 2014 has been an exciting and bold year for Hammer & Tong as they have launched their dinner service and taken part in the Luna1878 Winter Night Market. It doesn’t stop there as they have recently acquired a set of wheels to launch the Hammer & Tong Food Truck.
Getting much needed driving and cooking practice under the careful guidance of Simon Ward, Dennis Ferreira & Andrew Ward, it was time to remove the L plates and show the people of Fitzroy what they can deliver. One half of Brunch Addict, Mr LB, was lucky enough to be invited to their launch night.
A total of twenty dishes have been created that will rotate on a frequent basis. Looking at the menu, there are some exceptional and unexpected dishes coming from a food truck. Highlights of the menu include the favorite soft shell crab burger, deviled eggs, carrot cheese salad and fois gras cigars (consisting of coconut ash and apricot gel).
The famous soft shell crab burger and sweet and sour pork was shared with a Moon Dog Double Lager. The burger was a strong favourite amongst the crowd with its glowing looks. The brioche bun was perfect in shape, size and sweetness. It accentuated the addictive soft shell crab pieces and was complemented with a delicious black sesame slaw and sriracha mayo.
The sweet and sour pork had an interesting spin, served with maple brussel sprouts, rice puffs, garnished with coriander. The brussel sprouts were boiled and had a mushy taste, but being drizzled in maple provided a pleasant sweet taste against the pork. A light spattering of fish sauce vinaigrette allowed the dish to come together.
The texture of the brioche roll in the lobster roll was surprising light and not at all dense. The lobster pieces were cooked well, but it was the strong citrus flavours of the lime beurre blanc that delighted the palate. With a side of small crisps the dish was exciting to eat and full of flavour – the best main of the night.
For dessert it was the choice of two world cookies and nana’s pavlova cookie being a stand out; dehydrated berries and meringue topped on soft cookie base. Also on offer is the Ron Burgundy cookie… words can’t explain what that could be.
The Hammer & Tong Food Truck is set to make its mark on a corner street near you. Its unique menu and quality ingredients make for an impressive food truck and a strong choice amongst the masses. No longer do you need to queue at Hammer & Tong to experience their menu with Hammer & Tong Food Truck out in force.