comida do sul
by Mei Leong
A proper spring day with not a cloud in the sky and waves crashing in the distance, a day in Perth could not get any better. Fifty metres down the footpath from Bib & Tucker (overrated/suffers the mediocrity that is afforded by its view) is the cheery and laid back food truck that is Comida do Sul. Add their deliciously simple fare and a fresh coconut and I am convinced there is such a place called paradise – it’s Leighton Beach on a Saturday arvo.
What a view. I’d rather be down here, than up there (Bib & Tucker).
Left: Choripan with chimmichurri, vinagrete (tomato and onion salad) and chilli sauce, $8. Right: The gorgeous truck, complete with dog styling.
The choripan was a very tasty rendition of the plain (and frankly, lazy) chorizo-in-a-bun I’ve had elsewhere. A big, fat, decently spicy chorizo split in half lengthways spanned the width of the bun, and still hot from the grill, mingled with the herby chimmichurri sauce. On top lay a chunky salsa of tomato and red onion and an optional kick of chilli sauce. This is the way all choripans should be.
Prato feito, $12. Grilled rump steak, cassava chips, farofa, stewed black beans, kale, rice and vinagrete.
I had the prato feito, a combination plate of black beans, rice and crunchy farofa (toasted manioc flour). I’m no authority on Brazilian food (too many encounters with Lapa’s endless feast doesn’t count, does it?) but the feijoada stewed beans seemed too tasty not to be authentic. The beans, in their thick purple sauce were soft and flavoursome from hours of slow braising. The kale is not a hipster addition but in fact, a traditional vegetable side to feijoada. Kale’s pretty tasty on its own, but it was hard to not toss it in the farofa which was sinfully toasty and crispy. Probably from being gloriously fried up in butter. I am not complaining.
The cassava – the yellow sticks – were a starchy, slightly floury (and tasty!) surprise. (Even though they don’t sound like it.) The rump steak I wasn’t so keen on but the rest of the meal is definitely worth a trip to the beach, even if its for something as different as this. There’s also a vegetarian prato feito option, sans beef.
Carbohydrate lover’s paradise.
Salted caramel and raw coconut paletas, $4.50 each.
It’s a bit sacrilegious to go to the beach and not have ice cream, so we gave in to the paletas. I don’t think we’ve ever spent so much money at just one food truck! The paletas are made by La Paleta and if you ever see these guys around, give them a shot, you won’t regret it. I had the salted caramel – which melted like a mother in the heat – that tasted a lot like milky, salty Werther’s Originals. Not bad. The raw coconut, which had the sweet roundness of you guessed it, coconut, was amazing. Creamy, with a tingle of salt, the ice cold coconut ice cream just hit the spot. Paleta in hand, plus the beach? If this isn’t paradise, I’m not sure what is.
(And then we got sunburnt.)
Comida do Sul Brazilian Food Truck
See website for location details and opening hours.
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