Food Trucks in Adelaide: Sneaky Pickle

Food Trucks in Adelaide: Sneaky Pickle

Sneaky Pickle

Sneaky Pickle

Food trucks in Adelaide are becoming less and less uncommon, but are in no way in danger of losing their novelty cred. The minute I heard that a new food truck was on the streets of Adelaide, I made it my first priority to sink my teeth into their latest offerings.

In this case, it was Sneaky Pickle with their claim to fame with pickles and pulled pork that caught my attention.

For a simple $9 you receive the above: Pulled pork burger, BBQ corn and pickles. Nine dollars!? I couldn’t believe it. Often, $9 wouldn’t even get you a complete burger let alone one that came with corn and pickles. A-hah, Sneaky Pickle was already well on its way up in my heart!

Biting into the burger, you cannot but help marvelling at the juiciness of the pulled pork and the crunchy slaw. My one problem with the burger was how messy it was. Or maybe, I’m just a messy eater. I ended up having to hover in a rather unsightly manner over the little cardboard tray in order to catch any of my runaway pulled pork.

Still, you cannot deny that they are tasty and flavoursome burgers. Wash it down with BBQ corn and pickles, and I sat back happily satisfied. This combined with the lazy afternoon sun in Hindmarsh Square while I hid beneath the shady trees made for a very enjoyable lunch indeed. Would I go back? Next chance I get!

Eating Out: Pearl’s Diner @ Felixstow, #Adelaide

Pearl’s Diner
04 1981 5660
38A Briar Road
Felixstow, SA 5070
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Hard to believe that Pearl’s Diner only opened a fortnight ago. Hard to believe that I’m actually writing a review for a place that I went to in the past month. I must be getting better at this blogging business. No? Alright then.

Pearl’s Diner is the baby of Burger Theory and La Waffle. The former being a food truck (and WHAT a food truck, when the mere mention of it brings joy), the other a wholesale business. It was launched a mere fortnight ago, but word spread like wildfire and when I was there on the 2nd night, the place was already pumping.

And rightly so, for folks would be familiar with the amazing tasting burgers that Burger Theory pump out on a regular basis. And now it comes with waffles, all day breakfast and the benefit of a chair and table, huzzah!

On my first visit there, I couldn’t help but let myself be suckered in by the burgers. Chasing down Burger Theory and its location can sometimes be hard, and the queues can be a little bit of a turn off. So having their burgers in a fixed location is a huge bonus, and I found myself eagerly ordering my usual: the ever so simply named Burger #1.

Do you know the look of joy of a kid’s face at Christmas? That would be what is mirrored on mine when my burger turned up at the table. Oh, come to Mama, you juicy burger, you. Juicy, fresh, with beautifully soft buns. Every bite is tasty, and every bite is heavenly. There is no denying just how gorgeous the whole burger is, and I could easily eat them everyday. My waistline and weighing machine would disagree, but the mouth and the stomach wouldn’t. Oh yeah.

I also ordered a milkshake, which was good though there wasn’t very much of it, which made me sad. Need more milkshake! On the table as well, is an array of sauces to go with your fries. I was in sauce heaven! I love having a buffet of sauces to choose from, who wants boring ol’ tomato sauce? Ew.

We also ordered buttermilk fried chicken wings and coleslaw to try. They were good, but they weren’t mindblowingly good. The burgers were mindblowingly good, the chicken wings just weren’t. The coleslaw was definitely one of the better ones I’ve tried, but again, just not that memorable. Stick with the burgers. Plus, the chicken wings were actually a little pink on the inside. I hesitate a little but ate it anyways.

So, my verdict on Pearl’s Diner? Go. Definitely go. Because their burgers will blow your mind. They seem to be slightly bigger than the truck burgers, which is good, as they also cost more which is also due to the addition of fries. I wish they had an option not to have fries with your burgers, because frankly, I just don’t eat that much fries.

Other than that, bring cash. No eftpos yet! UPDATE – they have eftpos now! Yay!

Here’s another drool-worthy pic of Pearl’s Diner signature dish. The burgers.


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Eating out: Burger Foundry @ St. Morris, Adelaide

Burger Foundry
08 8431 3231
389 Magill Rd
St Morris, SA 5068

I’ll be honest with you. I wasn’t exactly thrilled when I learnt that I’d be moving to Adelaide. I love Melbourne with all my heart and I cannot imagine myself anywhere else. For years, many have told me how much of a ‘hole’ Adelaide was. And when my friends found out I was moving to Adelaide, the condolence messages came flooding in. It did nothing to help, let me assure you.

But much like how there is beauty in everybody, there is beauty in every city. Over the 1.5 years that I have been frequenting Adelaide, I have come to love many points of Adelaide. It isn’t that Adelaide doesn’t have good food, it is that you need to look for it a little harder than Melbourne. While Adelaide may not have the coffee and cafe culture that Melbourne has, it does have a buzzing dessert cafe culture that Melbourne doesn’t.

So while we may not have the chain of burgers, Grill’d, or the very famous burgers from Huxtable, instead we have Burger Foundry and boy do they know burgers.

Sometimes it feels like good things aren’t celebrated as much in this state of churches. Through chatting with the locals (on that note, it will be a long, long time before I ever consider myself to be from Adelaide.) I found that not many knew of the gems that surrounded them. Burger Foundry seems to be one of them. None of my friends that I’ve spoken to (excluding the one who introduced them to me) knew of Burger Foundry. Well then.

Burger Foundry is located on Magill Road, St Morris. It’s not too far from the city: A quick 15-20 minute drive should get you there. But then, this holds true for most of Adelaide. The place is so small, you can get anywhere really quickly!

The restaurant isn’t big, in fact there’s two tables and that’s it. Most opt for takeaway and on my very first dine-in experience, I found out why, but more on that later. The menu boast of a range of different burgers ranging from beef, chicken to veggie burgers. They also offer a side of chips or green salad for the health conscious. But then, if you were health conscious, you wouldn’t be eating at Burger Foundry.

You order at the counter, and a quick minute or two later you are handed your burger. The service is top notch and incredibly fast tho I’ve read reviews that service can be slow and very inefficient. (This was not the case with us.) We sat down with our burgers and I then proceeded to gawk at it. Because in front of me, sat the biggest burger I had ever seen.

“There is no way I’m getting that into my mouth.” were my famous last words to my partner.

Okay, so that doesn’t really show the scale of the burger. I was really thrown off my game by the sheer size of the burger, I didn’t know how to eat it! Feeling a tad like Dagwood, I struggled to pick up my burger and began my mission of chowing down.

Here’s a rather unsightly photo of me trying to conquer the burger so you get a sense of scale. I promise you, holding that burger up was a lot harder than it looks!

So how were the burgers? They were juicy, fresh, flavourful and every bit as good as they claim to be. And it was so big, I couldn’t finish it. The patties were juicy, the cheese beautifully melted and the bread was soft with a beautiful crust. I highly recommend it to every burger lover out there! And since I could only finish about half the burger, I could probably get two meals out of the one burger for the one price. Perfect.

The one negative of the place that I experienced came after the burger eating was done. Being incredibly saucy and juicy, I had burger juice all over my hands. Yuck. At which point I found out that they didn’t have a sink for you to wash up at, nor a washroom. Um. I really didn’t want to drive my car with burger juices all over my hands!!! Thankfully I had water and wipes in the car, but it was still rather unpleasant having to wash my hands on the roadside. Next time, I’m doing takeaway.

I know there’s a fair few bad reviews out there for the place, and a lot of very mixed reviews, but trust me on this. They are capable of pumping out a good burger. There’s also a fair few complaints about their prices. Obviously, you lot must not understand the value of paying quality for quality. Sigh.

What do you think? Do you think charging higher prices for quality is reasonable?


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A weekend in Adelaide

A weekend in Adelaide

Recently spent a weekend in Adelaide with K and thought I’d share some of the pictures I took during that time. Me being me, it really is mostly food. No wait, it’s all about food. But food is beauty too, hey? There is beauty in the presentation of food and beauty in the consuming of food. There is art and skill to eating.

We started the weekend by having breakfast at Adelaide Central Market. I had read reviews recommending either Zuma Caffe or Lucia’s. After taking a peek into both, we settled with Zuma Cafe.

We both ordered the day’s special which was poached eggs on a hearty sugo. K had the meaty version with chorizos and bacon while I plowed my way through the vegetarian version which was a somewhat less exciting version with chickpeas and the like. I say less exciting because when you taste both, you can immediately distinguish who had the better dish of the meal. The chorizo really added an extra punch and the tasty bacon was absolutely beautiful. Still, the chickpea version was hearty and definitely worth a try. Can’t say the same for their ice mocha unfortunately!

Our next meal came in the form of Burger Theory. Food trucks excite me. I love the food trucks back in Malaysia and the music playing of the bread truck that comes through my neighborhood in the evenings is usually a welcomed sound. Unfortunately food trucks seem to be a bit of a rarity in this country, though they are popping up around the place. Burger Theory is one of them. You can smell the amazing wafting smell of burgers way before you can see the truck! Walking up to it was pure torture and bliss in the same swift stroke and I was practically bouncing with eagerness by the time we got to the truck.

The burger itself had the most amazing bun. The toasted bread was to die for and if all bread was made like that, I would happily survive on just that for the rest of my life.

For dinner, we then visited Matsuri. I’ve long wanted to visit Matsuri as friends have told me that it was a delight. Matsuri is divided into western and traditional seating. Western meaning tables with chairs, traditional meaning sitting on the floor. Kneeling, if you prefer but Matsuri did have the holes in the floor for you to hang your feet into if kneeling wasn’t your cup of tea.

I delighted in the freshness of the sashimi and swooned over the garlic chicken. I did however moan the tiny portions of the sashimi and came to the conclusion that Suzuran is still the king of sushi and sashimi. Still, definitely worth a visit and I’d come again!

Eggless then followed for dessert, though this month’s tasting platter wasn’t quite up to my likings. I did like the panna cotta though, but it lacked a wow factor. Nonetheless, Eggless is always worth a revisit every single month and I have wrote about it before so feel free to read that review.

I think I’ll stop here for today. I’ll come back to tell you about our antics the next day soon! What did you get up to on your weekend? A friend of mine went for a holiday in turkey, the lucky duck.

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Sundried Tomato and Beef Burger Recipe: Quick and Easy!



Today, let’s talk about burgers.

My housemate is a huge burger lover. He devours them (and stays stick thin! *shakes fist*) whenever he can. Exasperated at the number of times he’s gone “So can we go to Maccas?” I decided that enough was enough. If we were going to be eating burgers, we were going to do it the healthy way. Or at least, the tasty way.

But I couldn’t really find a recipe that I liked, at least not online. Or maybe I just wasn’t looking hard enough. So I made my own recipe. Which in the world of Celeste means: throw everything in that sounds like it works and hope that it does. And what do you know? It did!

Ingredients

For the Patty
500g mince beef
2 tbsp oregano, finely chopped
3 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
100g sundried tomatoes, finely chopped
8 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Everything else
Shredded iceberg lettuce
Sliced tomato
Sliced pickled gherkins
Chilli/Tomato sauce/BBQ Sauce as preferred.

Method




1. Add your finely chopped herbs to the mince meat.



2. Using a food processor, finely chop the sundried tomatoes and garlic (remember to skin the garlic first!) and add it to the mince meat. If the mixture is too dry, add a little water before running it through the food processor again.

3. Knead everything together, don’t get lazy and put it through the food processor! Get those fingers into the meat and mix everything up well. If the meat doesn’t stick together well, add a little bit of cornflour.



4. Divide the meat mixture into equal balls, ready to be flatten out into patties.



5. With wet hands (or the mixture will stick to you!), flatten each ball of meat, making sure to keep to a roughly circular shape. Try to make the patties the same diameter as your burger bread. Don’t worry too much if there are crack lines.

6. Put the patties back into the freezer for roughly 5 – 10 minutes. This allow the meat to cool down and makes it easier to cook them later. This will also ensure that they won’t stick to the pan easily.



7. Take the time to prepare the other ingredients that make up the burger. I like to put lettuce, gherkins, and tomatoes in my burgers but you can add anything else you like really. I also allow my guests to build their own burgers so they can leave out any bits that they dislike.



8. Grill the patties or shallow fry them in a pan. Serve them hot! I like to have my burgers with chilli sauce, but you can add mayonnaise, bbq sauce or even teriyaki sauce if you so prefer. It’s all up to you!

And there you have it. Quick and easy way to make really tasty burgers at home. And since fries or wedges tend to be fried and greasy (thus unhealthy), we opted for mash potatoes instead. But really, they are whipped potatoes. These are easy to make as well: just boil the potatoes (without their skins) till they crumble to the touch and toss them into the food processor. Add salt, pepper to taste, butter and milk to fluff it up. Allow the food processor to do its magic, and voila! Instant yummy whipped potatoes.

I had friends over for dinner one night and I whipped this up. The verdict? “Very tasty patties, but try wholemeal buns next time.” I didn’t even think of that! Will definitely aim to get wholemeal buns next time!

*chants* Healthy, healthy, healthy, healthy….

Do you have any burger recipes you’d like to share?