Food trucks – quite literally – tend to come and go but in WA’s South West a growing number of food truck are putting down permanent roots.
Normal Van opened a restaurant earlier in the year; mobile pizza unit Sons of Naples recently opened avenue in Margaret River; and Claudio Biscotti put down permanent roots in Abbey. Now Bobcha – the modern Korean offering once housed in a brightly decorated food truck and known for fried chicken, BBQ pork, and Korean takes on burgers and nachos – has opened in Vasse.
“We launched Bobcha three years ago, but started out as a market stall in Margaret River, selling kimchi and small plates of Korean snacks and street food,” head chef Jindu Kim tells Broadsheet.
The new, permanent iteration of Bobcha serves the same great food but now with table service and a full liquor licence. Expect local craft beer on tap from Rocky Ridge and Eagle Bay Brewing Co, and wines from Margaret River producers like LS Merchants and Vasse Felix. Korean rice wine and Soju round out the menu alongside non-alcoholic Korean sodas.
The food is a culmination of years of development so it’s all killer, no filler. The japchae (sweet potato glass noodle stir-fry) is silky with crisp veg and hints of wok hei (smokiness). Bobcha’s mandu (Korean dumplings) are packed with seasoned pork mince and served with soy sauce. There are also familiar Korean favourites like bulgogi (marinated and barbequed meats) and gan-jang chicken (a glaze of ketchup, Korean chili paste and soy sauce), and several dishes built around Kim’s well-known fried chicken, which come with generous toppings and salty-sweet sauces.
Kim is hopeful Bobcha will add a unique flavour to the South West dining scene.
“Although there are many Koreans and Korean restaurants in the city, there really isn’t any in the south- west. There are so many beautiful, fresh ingredients here, which can be used simply in traditional Korean recipes to maximise taste. It’s the perfect location,” says Kim.
1/15 Napoleon Promenade, Vasse