The Istanbul Eats food van is branching out from its home in Salisbury.

Earlier this year, at the height of the HSP craze, we declared Istanbul Eats in Salisbury to be the home of Brisbane’s best Halal Snack Pack.

The Halal Snack Pack, in case you missed all the commotion, is a simple dish — just a styrofoam box of chips topped with cheese, halal-certified kebab meat, and a “holy trinity” of garlic, chilli and barbecue sauces — but it contains multitudes of flavour.

“The Halal Snack Pack is probably one of the most simple meals you will ever eat but so filling and tantalising to the tastebuds at the same time,” Istanbul Eats co-owner Rose Aplak told us then.

“If you love a combination of crispy chicken-salted chips, melted cheese, a combination of garlic, BBQ and chilli sauces, and succulent meat, you must try one of these babies. We like to call it the food of the gods!”

Above all else, it’s that Holy Trinity of sauces that makes a great HSP unforgettable.

“The combination of herb (the garlic), sweetness (the BBQ) and spiciness (the chilli) hitting three tongue zones at once really makes those tastebuds go wild!

“Honestly, trying the Holy Trinity just really makes you want to go back for more and you’ll never divert to any other sauce again.”

Of course, you can order a HSP with tomato sauce — but you’d be doing yourself a disservice.

“Look, we get it, we all come from different walks of life, but a HSP is not a HSP without the Holy Trinity,” Rose said.

“It’s fine to have it with the tomato sauce but you’d need another name for that one — we believe that would be the DSP (Dingo Snack Pack).”


Image: Annabel Taylor

Now, due to popular demand, the Istanbul Eats food van is hitting the road. Salisbury will still be their home base, but they’re also looking at places to park in North Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

They’re currently taking requests on their Facebook page to see where they should stop first, so head over there and let them know if your neighbourhood is hanging out for an Istanbul Eats experience.

In the meantime, you can find Istanbul Eats at 655 Toohey Road, Salisbury — and hopefully you’ll spot their funky neon signage at a stop near you soon!