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have not forgotten their humble beginnings; keeping their refreshing menu of pho, salads, fresh and fried spring rolls and lemongrass dishes. Photo / Babiche MartensEating at restaurants is so old fashioned. With way more bang for your buck, it’s all about food trucks or at least mobile food, even if it’s not on wheels right now. Fast, cheap and delicious, you can now experience street food at a number of locations around Auckland.While we’re not yet LA, New York or Portland there is definitely a growing mobile food scene here. People are flocking to the night markets at Pakuranga, Glenfield and the new Silo Sessions to lap up Dutch poffertjes, Korean pancakes, Hungarian pastries, Japanese takoyaki and a wealth of other delights from all corners of the globe.Of course some countries have been doing this for years. The hawker stalls of Singapore and Penang are world renowned and in the last five years the food truck scene in the States has exploded. There you can find "pods" everywhere with seven or eight trucks in the same location every week.Social media plays a big part in the mobile food business here. Many operators don’t even bother having a website as the information/venues are always changing. Make sure you "like" all your favourite food on the go on their Facebook pages so you know where to find them when that taco/pizza/sausage/churro craving hits!Here are some of our favourites for food on the go in Auckland:This is the original version of what is now Restaurant in Beach Rd. They only had the caravan until 2009 when they found a permanent home in the CBD. But they haven’t forgotten their humble beginnings and you can still find their pho, salads, fresh and fried spring rolls, curries and lemongrass dishes at Takapuna. Ma Le is the mama in charge of the menu and her food is good. In December 2007 he started this mobile business as he saw the need for quality fresh food at events. He now has two mobile wood oven tandem trailer units and a customised wood oven container kitchen and can pump out 175 pizzas an hour with two ovens blazing. Try his classic margherita or Italian sausage toppings.Locations: Various events next are Classic Hits Winery Tour at Villa Maria Estate; Splore; Devonport Food and Wine Festival and WOMAD.Ph: 021 201 9206Torro ChurroWhen Sretko Nenadic was made redundant from his job at Fisher and Paykel, he took a trip to Melbourne. After seeing a churro stall with long queues he wondered whether it would be something he could replicate. Being an engineer he made his own machine and two years later has three units, is at six weekly venues and has queues longer than that stall in Melbourne. Churros come in regular, drizzled in chocolate and caramel and a jumbo size with a gooey caramel centre.Locations: Pakuranga and Glenfield Night markets; Silo on Friday nights; Otara markets; Takapuna Markets; AUT CampusPh: 021 060 1735Sam Sargent has followed the food truck revolution in the States very carefully and even worked with Koji BBQ of LA when designing his business. The gourmet sandwiches and salads fly out the window with a regular crowd of city workers. Part of the appeal is the very cool silver truck, loud music, tables and fake grass outside. It just looks like a cool place to be. Try the Angus Pure beef sandwiches. Heaven for carnivores.Location: Corner of Tyler and Commerce St, BritomartPh: 09 300 3089The quality of food in some trucks is beyond what you may expect. Frenchman Nico Fini has worked in Michelin starred restaurants and was head chef at a restaurant voted in the top 20 by Gault Millau. He has had his food cart for 14 years and has recently relocated from Christchurch where he has been known to sell more than 2000 snails and 700 lamb shanks on a good day at a festival. He has adapted his food to New Zealand palates but always retains the Frenchy flourishes like the spicy lamb sausage in the mega dog and the burger made with a venison patty. For those looking for the real French deal you can’t go past his escargot and lamb shanks.Locations: Various events next are Devonport Wine and Food Festival and Waikato Wine and Food FestivalPh: 027 642 0315Siri Taste of Sri LankaSri Lankan food is nowhere near as big as Thai, Japanese or Indian here but Nandasiri Alwis has been doing his best to educate us on his country’s cuisine. It’s working, as he’s gone from his one mobile unit to an outlet in Mt Roskill and now a restaurant in Sandringham too. His chicken appa kottu is amazing. It’s a wafer thin bowl made from rice and coconut milk batter filled with spicy chicken curry. He also serves curry rolls, curry puffs and chicken roti wraps.

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