Market stall of the week: Phatboys | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Market stall of the week: Phatboys

With a name like Phatboys, you’d probably expect this roaming food truck to be dishing up some seriously ‘phat’ feeds, the kind that leave you feeling regretful for days afterwards. But actually, these meals on wheels are anything but, instead combining locally sourced ingredients with flavours of Portugal to create some seriously good market eats. From the pan fried polenta to the marinated flame grilled chicken on the menu, Phatboys dishes are all about soul. Chef Jorge has worked everywhere from ARIA to Rib and Rumps, and draws on his family’s own traditional Portuguese recipes to dish up fresh, flavoursome dishes at markets and venues around town. Got a hankering for some steak on your morning market visit? The Phatboy’s Prego is a carnivore’s delight, with marinated rump steak in a fresh roll. If you’re lucky, the may even have the breakfast special on the menu, which adds a fried egg to the meaty burger. Delicious at any time of day is the Portuguese spiced pork roll, with a crispy pork cutlet on a fresh bread roll. For the not-so ‘phat’ boys out there you can get a crisp salad on the side, but to be honest we can never go past the Batatas Fritas – who could pass up crispy fried potato? All of Phatboys dishes use local produce, with meat from Meat at Billy’s, bread from Wild Breads and fruit and vegetables form iFruit in Kenmore. So while you’re shopping local, you can eat local – it’s a win win situation. Keep up to date with Phatboys movements on their Facebook page. Words by Ranyhyn Akui