Gang Gang began life as a pop-up at the Central Market and Plant 4 before becoming one of Adelaide’s most popular food trucks (you’ll find owners and partners Nina Hadinata and Morgen Wynn regularly parked at festivals and events in their bright yellow truck, “Trailer Swift”).

In 2019 the pair opened a permanent diner on Unley Road, and last year they started a weekend pop-up at Yeo Haus in Port Elliot.

In short, no one can accuse them of being idle. Now they’re at it again with the opening of a new site in a tiny white shipping container (the same one used at Port Elliot) behind cafe and event space Canopy in Torrensville.

“[Port Elliot] was a project over the summer … On the same day it came to an end, Pete [Mann] from Canopy was like, ‘Hey do you guys want to do something?’ and it all kind of aligned,” says Hadinata.

“So we’ve moved the container down and set up camp at the back of his property,” adds Wynn.

Mann is also owner and roaster at Octeine Coffee, which has been broadening its footprint since opening in Kent Town in 2019. It’s since expanded to a Grenfell Street hole-in-the-wall, a kiosk at Seppeltsfield and Canopy.

“He’s got a beautiful big indoor area … to do beans and to do events, but food is a whole different ball game,” says Wynn. “It’s a whole realm of other suppliers, more people, more staff – it’s a lot … So he said, ‘I’d rather team up with foodies, and they do what they’re good at and I do what I’m good at and we combine forces.’”

At the end of an inconspicuous driveway there’s a couple of picnic tables and umbrellas, the container – and that’s it. Diners can also spill into the bright and airy Canopy space for Gang Gang’s winning formula of breakfast, burgers and other comfort foods that draw on Asian and American flavours.

Hadinata grew up in Bali and lived in Los Angeles for five years, where she embraced the city’s food-truck scene wholeheartedly. “I really only ate from the trucks; it’s a whole culture over there,” she told Broadsheet in 2019.

The Gang Gang menu pulls from both cuisines: there’s a buttermilk fried chicken burger (the Cardi B) with Balinese salsa, avo, slaw and sweet-chilli mayo, and an all-American double-smashed-patty cheeseburger (California Love) with American cheese, pickles and In-N-Out-lifted “animal style” sauce. Other influences show up in the Spice Girl cheeseburger (with a touch of soy, pickled ginger and wasabi mayo); the Torrensville-exclusive Tokyo Drift (a katsu-inspired burger with panko-fried chicken, pickled cabbage, tonkatsu sauce and iceberg lettuce); and Nashville-style hot chicken.

There’s also a clipped brekkie menu of “eggs your way” and a big breakfast. Plus new vegan dishes, including a corn-fritter stack and “fysh” tacos with Cajun-style tempura-battered oyster mushrooms, turmeric mayo, pineapple salsa, coriander and guac in a soft tortilla.

Coffee, juices, smoothies and sweets are available inside at Canopy, which can also be booked out for functions catered by Gang Gang. “That was one of the appealing parts of the project for us as well, to be able to have a beautiful space to better do functions,” says Wynn. She and Hadinata also plan to open on Friday evenings when the weather warms up.

“We’re really excited to be back on that side of town,” says Wynn. “We started off in Plant 4, so we’ve had a lot of people asking us to come back to that side of town … I get it – we used to live in Unley, and it was very rare that we’d venture off to the north side of town. So it’s a bit of a welcoming home to us to have all our old locals coming back.”

Gang Gang
2 Jervois Street, Torrensville
Hours:
Wed to Fri 10.30am–2pm
Sat & Sun 9am–2pm

@thegangco