In a very special edition of Food Truck Friday, we take a closer look at the Godfather of the Brisbane food truck scene — The Bun Mobile!
Owner/Chef: The Bun Mobile is a family business and consists of two trucks.
Blue: Harold and Christine Fleming. Chef: Harry Fleming.
Red: Daniel and Natasha Clark. Chef: Daniel Clark.
Cuisine style: Asian fusion steamed buns.
Home suburb: Our trucks are housed in our warehouse at Hemmant.
Years in business: 2.5 years.
Why food trucks?
Nearly four years ago, Daniel read an article in an Inflight magazine about the new generation of food trucks hitting the streets in cities across the US, and building in popularity in Sydney and Melbourne. We were looking for something new to do, so after many hours spent on the internet and chats with friends abroad, we came to the conclusion that this sort of food business would be particularly well suited to Queensland’s outdoor lifestyle.
Harry has been a chef with over 30 years experience in Brisbane’s food scene, and wanted to bring something unique to Brisbane’s food scene. So The Bun Mobile was born!
What were you doing before you got your food truck? What’s your background in food?
Both Harry and Daniel are former executive chefs. Harry has been on the food scene in Brisbane for the past 30 odd years – he is the original ‘Harry’, owner of Harry’s Diner at Windsor, a favourite stop for Brisbane’s car scene. Since then he’s owned several restaurants and prior to opening the Bun Mobile was Executive Chef for the Port of Brisbane’s five restaurants.
Daniel brings 12 years experience working in restaurants in London, Los Angeles, New York City, Cannes and Cyprus home to Brisbane to serve up steam buns inspired by his own fusion-inspired cutting edge cuisine. He was Executive Chef at Asia de Cuba and Suka in London and worked in NYC, LA, and San Francisco, and was also a guest chef judge on UK’s Masterchef.
Christine and Natasha are newbies to hospitality. Christine’s background is IT, and Natasha is an Emergency Department Registered Nurse.
What’s the most popular item on your menu?
Our classic pork bun is the most popular item on the menu, closely followed by the wagyu, however our daily specials usually sell out each day.
What’s your favourite item on the menu?
Harry’s is Chicken Caesar special and Daniel’s is our Roast Pork special with pork and sage scratchings.
Which suburbs do you usually operate in?
The blue truck operates mainly on the southside and the red truck on the northside. There are too many to list here. We are very fortunate to be invited to most of our locations by business owners.
Where’s your most popular stop?
Blue truck: Merlo Coffee at Paddington.
Red truck: Cardigan Bar at Sandgate.
How do most people find out about your truck?
We have a website, thebunmobile.com.au, as well as a mobile site which downloads as an app for smart phones and androids. We also use social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to advise our Bunstars where and when we’ll be and keep them updated with our latest specials and news.
Why do you think food trucks have become so popular?
Good food trucks present something that’s fast, inexpensive and delicious. We certainly pride ourselves on offering something different and push the boundaries with our food. Trucks are mobile, which makes them more accessible as you can catch them at various different places and events. Many of our customers enjoy the chase and novelty of catching us at different locations.
Favourite music to listen to in the truck?
Do you harbour any dreams of opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant?
Not really — been there, done that. We might be tempted one day. What do they say: “Never say never…”
If your Food Truck was a Transformer, its name would be…
As we are the first food truck in Brisbane, we think Optimus Prime — because he’s the leader.
Where can we find you over the next few weeks?
All over Brisbane. Most significantly, you’ll find the Blue Truck at the Good Food and Wine Show at Brisbane Convention Centre from October 16-19, and the Red Truck at Beer InCider at Albion Park Raceway from September 20–21.
Food Truck Friday is brought to you by Truck Corp! Truck Corp purpose builds commercial vehicles for food service — if you want to get in on the food truck phenomenon with your very own food truck, visit truckcorp.com.au or call (07) 3277 6440.
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