We can’t get enough of Auckland’s rocking food truck scene and, with newcomer Pork ‘n’ Beans on the scene, we’ve got one more reason to chase them around town!
Pork ‘n’ Beans is run by Mark Rutherford, who is exactly the type of person you want to greet you at a food truck—passionate, friendly and obviously excited about his new venture.
After spending time living in America and London, Mark has settled in New Zealand and is keen to introduce Kiwi palates to the big, bold flavours of the Midwest, yet pulls influences from Mexico and Asia.
The menu changes frequently, but expect to see dishes such as their American-Style Pulled Pork.
‘Normally people braise or fully submerge their pork to pull it. We slow smoke ours. It’s smoked for eight hours,’ Mark explains. 'By the end, it’s falling apart and has a smoky quality that you can’t get from anything else.’
This beautifully tender pulled pork is paired with a coffee bacon BBQ sauce, sweet cider vinegar slaw with bread and butter pickles, all sandwiched between a soft, warm bun.
Their Asian-inspired bun features kimchi, sweet pickled chillies and spicy mayo. Or, if you’re adverse to bread, try their melt-in-your-mouth bowl of Asian braised pork belly that’s accompanied with Thai jasmine rice and kimchi. The whole dish takes on a fragrant ginger and star anise aroma.
Interestingly enough, despite the bold flavour combinations, you’ll notice you can taste each component as if it were alone. Then they bind together in perfect harmony—Mark says this is something he’s worked tirelessly to perfect. And perfect he did. Along with every component being homemade (including all his bacon, sauces and pickles), you can easily tell this travelling kitchen is a labour of love.
You’ll find Pork ‘n’ Beans at Silo Park, the Mount Albert markets and beyond—we suggest following their Facebook or Insta to keep in the know… One little piggy went to market, and we suggest you follow suit.
Image credit: Lauren Matilda Matthews