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We chow down with a round-up of our favourite food trucks.

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We chow down with a roundup of our favourite food trucks

FOOD ON WHEELS isn’t new – think of the roam­ing ice-cream van tin­kling its way through sum­mer af­ter­noons, or the kerb­side ke­bab-and­chips combo sober­ing up the rowdy crowds af­ter a night out. But a while back, mo­bile eat­ing be­came hip and su­per­cool server­ies be­gan pop­ping up at mar­kets, festivals and street­sides, serv­ing up just about ev­ery­thing: tacos, slid­ers, dumplings, crum­pets, fries, gelato and chia-seed pud­dings as well as the more tra­di­tional fish and chips, pies and burg­ers. Prov­ing they’re no flash in the pan, food trucks have flour­ished some­how man­ag­ing to serve up hun­dreds of por­tions of restau­rant-qual­ity food from minute kitchens of­ten no more than a sin­gle burner and a chop­ping board. Here’s a round up of our favourites, old and new.

AUCKLAND

THE WHITE LADY

Think pineap­ple, think beet­root, think clas­sic Kiwi burg­ers with all the fix­ings. This Auckland in­sti­tu­tion has been around since 1948 and is the mother of all New Zealand food trucks. Serv­ing up old­fash­ioned Kiwi take­away fare to rev­ellers, its spe­cial­ties are toasties, burg­ers and shakes. WHERE: Cor­ner Com­merce Street & Fort Street, cen­tral Auckland, and var­i­ous other lo­ca­tions. Face­book: @the­white­lady In­sta­gram: @the­white­la­dynz the­white­lady.co.nz

PUHA & PAKEHA

Pulled pork and Reuben sand­wiches are clas­sics, but they’ve been up­dated with old-world in­gre­di­ents. Puha & Pakeha are re­fresh­ing some con­tem­po­rary clas­sics with in­dige­nous in­gre­di­ents such as horo­pito, karengo and kawakawa, and they cater to hoards at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Auckland. WHERE: Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Auckland. Face­book: @puha­pakeha In­sta­gram: @puhaaand­pakeha puhaand­pakeha.co.nz

WAIKATO AND BAY OF PLENTY

SOUTH­ERN FRIES

In­spired by the French Cana­dian pou­tine, this food truck uses fries as the can­vas for wild flavours and filling meals. While there’s the cheese-and-gravy topped fries, there’s also burg­ers for sale, hot wings and reg­u­lar specials to keep ev­ery­one sali­vat­ing.

WHERE: Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the Bay of Plenty. Face­book: @south­ern­fries In­sta­gram: @south­ern_fries south­ern­fries.co.nz

TARANAKI & MANAWATU

WEST COAST FISH COM­PANY

Fish and chips – but not just any shark and tat­ties – and plenty of other fishy treats are found in this trailer. Mus­sel pan­cakes, tem­pura fish and fish sand­wiches are on the evolv­ing menu.

WHERE: Based in Taranaki, this food truck can be found around the North Is­land at var­i­ous events. Face­book: @West­coast Fish­comp

THE CRAFTED AND CO.

It’s likely you’ll find the line be­fore you see the ac­tual truck. Big dough­nuts, burg­ers, cakes and sand­wiches are on the menu, but it’s al­ways chang­ing.

WHERE: Found around Manawatu, this truck is of­ten at events around the area, too.

Face­book: @the­craftedandco In­sta­gram: @the­craftedandco the­craftedandco.nz DOS LOCOS TACO

The Colom­bian cou­ple run­ning this van have brought a level of au­then­tic­ity to Mex­i­can food this city had not seen. Dos Locos Taco are serv­ing up su­per-spicy, herba­ceous and filling que­sadil­las, na­chos, bur­ri­tos and, of course, tacos.

WHERE: Most of the time they can be found in the cen­tre of Palmer­ston North, at The Square. Face­book: @Doslo­costa­conz

WELLINGTON

THE GREEK FOOD TRUCK Ev­ery­thing sold in the Greek Food Truck screams au­then­tic­ity – from sou­vlaki, spicy mi­titei, burg­ers and fries to sal­ads. It would be re­miss not to try their gor­geous baklava too.

WHERE: Found ev­ery week at the Har­bour­side Mar­kets, they also have their reg­u­lar spots through­out the week. Face­book: @the­greek­foodtruck In­sta­gram: @the­greek­foodtruck the­greek­foodtruck.nz LADY LUCK CARAVAN CAFE There’s noth­ing like a pie and a cof­fee on the go, and that’s what th­ese guys spe­cialise in. The pies aren’t bog­stan­dard gas-sta­tion scran how­ever, they’re as gourmet as they get, and they also serve slices, muffins and var­i­ous sweets. A favourite among tradies, some Welling­to­ni­ans travel from the city to try this gem.

WHERE: 188 Hutt Rd, Kai­wharawhara.

Face­book: @ Lady­luck­car­a­van­cafe

CHRISTCHURCH

EL QUINCHO

Wood-fired Ar­gen­tinian de­lights come out of this truck, in the form of em­panadas, grilled meats and var­i­ous other asa­dostyle foods. Vege­tar­i­ans and ve­g­ans, don’t fear, they have deep-fried po­lenta too.

WHERE: Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Christchurch. Face­book: @Elquin­chonz In­sta­gram: @elquin­cho.nz FIVE R’S PINOY FOOD

A se­ri­ously au­then­tic taste of Filipino food comes from this con­verted trailer. The main of­fer­ing is to­cino, a dish of sweet pork with fried rice and egg, sunny-side up. But you’ll also find sweet halo-halo, lon­gan­isa sausage, fried pancit noo­dles and home­made Filipino favourites.

WHERE: Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Christchurch. Face­book: @Five R’s Pinoy Food

DUNEDIN

BA­CON BUTTIE MAN

One of the best ba­con sand­wiches you’ll find in New Zealand. Us­ing high-qual­ity ba­con, th­ese butties have been so pop­u­lar they’ve opened up a brick-and-mor­tar shop in Ward St, and ex­panded the menu to in­clude burg­ers and plenty of other treats.

WHERE: The truck can still be found around the city and at the Satur­day morn­ing farm­ers’ mar­ket. Face­book: Ba­con Buttie Sta­tion ba­con­but­ti­es­ta­tion.com

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