Spring has sprung, and street eats season is in full swing. Food truck lovers are truly in for a treat in Perth.
Bring along your friends and family to make the most of the warmer weather with some festival fun, and become a street eats explorer as you stroll through Perth's nooks, crannies and laneways.
Get yourself a feed at one of the many multicultural food trucks out in force at festivals, dishing up delicious treats to take your tastebuds on a mouth-watering trip around the world. You might also enjoy a warm sunny evening strolling a hawkers market while munching on a Chinese bao or Vietnamese banh mi, as there's plenty of flavourful fare to tantalise your tongue.
Finally, don't miss out on Perth's first permanent food truck park, a quirky hidden gem where you're bound to find the food truck of your noshing fantasies.
Here are some of Perth's best street food eats spots to whet your appetite and start your foodie adventure!
Bantastic Mi is a familiar sight for Perth's food truck aficionados.
Founded by two former university classmates with a passion for food, Dong and Neel, Bantastic Mi offers tasty Vietnamese fusion cuisine with a unique twist, serving banh mi, Mexican soft tacos and sliders with a choice of Vietnamese, Chinese and even Japanese fillings.
The Pignic (lemongrass grilled pork cooked in special tomato sauce) is a particular treat, and great washed down with a beer on a balmy day!
Middle Eastern food lovers won't want to miss Meast, a food truck offering "a journey of flavours from Palestine and Jordan", celebrating the cultural heritage of chef Sandra Bahbah's family.
From flavourful falafel to seasoned rice with beef mince, almonds and marinated grilled chicken, Sandra's food is tasty and authentic – and she even has a Youtube channel where you can learn to make delicious Arabic treats in the comfort of your own kitchen.
The Canuck Truck
Need a poutine fix? The Canuck Truck is a welcome sight for expat Canadians missing their unofficial national dish, and a real treat for anyone who hasn't yet tried this simple yet incredible treat of hot chips topped with cheese curds and drenched in a uniquely delicious gravy.
This food truck is a common sight at Perth events, festivals and street food markets, from the WA Day Festival to ECU Open Days and plenty in between – check out their Facebook page to see where you can find them next!
As its name suggests, this delicious Moroccan street food stall specializes in healthy, tasty and wholesome shakshuka: a delicious dish of eggs cooked in a Moroccan-spiced tomato sauce. Shak Shuka was founded by Elli Kapsi with his mum Riki, who is renowned for her popular cooking classes and event catering business The Cooking Professor.
Old Lane Street Eats
This little restaurant in Northbridge's beautiful Chinatown district specialises in Chinese street eats both traditional and modern, with exciting spins on old favourites. Try out familiar fare like chilli crab bao, beef and chicken satay, and Thai fish cakes, or enjoy something new and unexpected like the Marmite Chicken Bao, Nasi Lemak Bao or Spicy Saliva Chicken. Sik Fan!
A firm Perth City street food favourite for an on-the-go cheesy snack, Toastface Grillah takes the humble grilled cheese toastie to the next level.
With a variety of gourmet choices available such as the "3 Cheese" (cheddar, emmental and gruyere), Pear Grillz (blue cheese, pear and lime chutney) and Apple & Gouda (gouda, ham, onion and apple); and for foodies with simpler tastes, of course there's the good old cheese & vegemite.
You'll find Toastface Grillah tucked into a laneway a short walk from Perth Train Station, and with its outdoor seating it’s a lovely spot to sit back, relax and enjoy Perth's growing laneway culture.
This South Indian vegetarian street food restaurant in the hip Perth suburb of Maylands is simply dosa-licious! From its cute, colourful décor to its authentic fresh fare, Dosa Art is a hidden gem specialising in subtly spiced dosa pancakes, accompanying flavourful curries with dozens of options to choose from.
Other tasty treats available at Dosa Art includes a variety of Indian sweets and snacks including donuts, gulab jamun and the perennial spicy street food favourite bhel puri, as well as grilled toasties with an exotic twist. Well worth a trip to Maylands, and have some fun exploring this exciting area while you're in town!
Injera House is one of many exotic and delicious restaurants in Mirrabooka, a suburb 20 minutes north of Perth City.
With multicultural flair and flavour galore Injera is the national dish of Ethiopia, a sourdough slightly spongy flatbread made with teff flour which is then dipped into a variety of curries for a mouthwatering treat. The Misir Alicha Wot (lentil curry seasoned with turmeric) is a street food taste sensation that you're bound to love!
Perth Mess Hall
Prepare for food truck paradise at Perth Mess Hall in Northbridge. Perth's first-ever permanent food truck park and bar is open Friday to Sunday every week, with plenty of delicious street food options to enjoy – from casual French fare to modern Japanese street food, Brazilian to Italian and more, your tastebuds can travel the world in style. You can find their food truck roster here, or just show up on the day.
Perth Mess Hall is also the location for the upcoming cask wine and chicken nuggets festival, Goon and Nugz Festival. Held on the 18th and 19th of October, the festival will be showcasing delicious cask wines paired with hot-off-the-grill chicken nuggets and DJs dropping funky tunes.
For the hungry, fashionable and ambitious, there's also a chicken nugget eating contest, and a competition for the best-dressed cask wine or chicken nugget themed costume. Drink only responsibly in moderation, and have fun!