Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Yummy Mexican Food - El Poco Loco Truck

Saturday we hopped, skipped and jumped our way through puddles to get to the Hunt and Gather Markets in Pacific Park, Newcastle. It was mildly raining when we got there, and we expected to see the hipsters that we heard would be congregating there, but it was hard to see much at all when we were so cold and wet. I headed to El Poco Loco Food truck to try out their Mexican comida (food).  This ain't no ordinary food truck folks! The food that comes out of this truck is created by Chefs, as I learned from the owner Tracey. When we visited Vancouver last year my friend Leah took us downtown just to have our pick of food trucks there. We went with the  Mom's Grilled Cheese Truck, (you can see a photo of what that looked like at that link). It was quite the adventure, and one I had wished we had in Newcastle; which is why I was especially excited to try out this truck's food.

El Poco Loco had 3 glorious items on their menu today! To start we tried their Mexican Torta
My mum and sisters have been telling me of their love of Torta's for years and I have never been able to try one until today. I was not disappointed and this one was worth the wait. It was full of slow-cooked pork, loaded with chorizo, guacamole, salsa, cheese and beans! The bun was very fresh, although Dave (my husband) reckons the top of the bun was a little too thick.
BUT I got talking to one of the guys who works for Casa De Loco (the Mother restaurant to this food truck),  and I discovered that they are currently trying to find the perfect bun for their Torta, and are still tweaking it with their baker. Personally, I loved it. You can't fault their delicious, tasty slow cooked pork!


Next up we tried their Breakfast Burrito

Perfectly cooked scrambled eggs, rocket, mushrooms, guac and salsa on a nice light tortilla.
This was impressively presented for coming out of a food truck's kitchen, and the combined flavours were just really yummy. I have never had rocket in a burrito before and it really worked!

Lastly, Tracey brought out some Churros (Mexican Doughtnuts) for us to try. They were covered in Dulce De Leche (slowly heated sweetened milk). Dave and I reckon these are now our favourite Churros in town. We loved the crispy exterior and the just soft enough middle. Again, talking to the boys from this place, I discovered they have been through a few Churro recipes and this one seems to be the keeper. We certainly hope so!


Now you want to hunt this truck down, don't 'cha? Well, because Newcastle Council is super cool and awesome (insert total sarcasm here) we won't be seeing this truck up and down our streets just yet. I did have a little mexican pollo (chicken) whisper in my ear that they will be at Newcastle Uni for Autonomy day (early August). AND they will be serving yummy food on the streets of Sydney on weekdays. And, and, and they will be hanging out at local gigs and markets on weekends so keep an eye on their Facebook page to find out where they are going to be next.

What nice, lovely people Ben and Tracey are! Just check out those smiles!

*This post was sponsored by El Poco Loco but all opinions are my own and I am honest. Promise. 

17 comments:

  1. my family live in Maitland. I am going to have to keep an eye on the FB page to see when they are in the neighbourhood next, hopefully it will coincide with a visit from me! :D Mexican is the BEST.

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  2. Oh that would be great for you! Try the Churros even if you have no space left in your tummy. I wish it wasn't raining so we could have enjoyed the market too. It looks cool, but it was all packed up when we finished eating.

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  3. It's 11.23am. Time for Brunch right?

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  4. Oh yum!! Love the pics. I haven't been to this market even though I live 2 hours from it (I'm in the country out west). Should visit soon! x Thanks for the post

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  5. We'll be in Maitland in September for the River Lights Festival! Hope to see you there!


    Amanda (El Poco Loco) :-)

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  6. oh yum yum yum. I'm dying for a Mexican food truck to visit our town (and even mentioned it in my own post for iBot), sadly hasn't happened yet x

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  7. No I'm closer towards Singleton way :)

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  8. Mmmmm, Mexican! It's been too long since I had a good burrito or proper nachos! And those pulled pork rolls look amazing!

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  9. Have you done pulled pork at home before, in the slow cooker?

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  10. I don't understand why they aren't everywhere. Surely they'd be super popular.

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  11. I've never been big on Mexican. I just don't like quack ole or things with beans.
    Keen to try churros though.

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  12. Haha! Never heard it called quack ole!

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  13. Hahaha!!! I thought you were calling it Quack to emphasize your dislike

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  14. I love mexican food - fajitas, tacos and mojitos of course, though have never a torta. Looks delicious! Mexican food is certainly becoming more popular these days.

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