When a foodie concept is born out of the craving for a late-night schnitzel, we could be biased— but we’re already big fans.
Owner John O’Kane has been rolling the cartooned Wholly Schnit food truck around since 2016. He gave new life to an old 1994 Isuzu NPR 200 van, transforming it into a mobile schnitzel factory, which can be found wheeling around the suburbs of Waterloo (at 5 Potter Street on Tuesdays) and Chifley (18 Warburton Street from Wednesday through to Sundays).
“So the truck I bought was an ex film catering van. The bones were there for a food truck and it only needed minor modifications to make it what I needed it to be. I changed the old caravan style panelling to just a flat panel so I could get it wrapped” he said.
“The wrap and logo was designed by Noel from NE Designs and was all hand-drawn—he has some talent! All the fabrication and repair work was done by Will from WilWelds Engineering.”
As for the menu—it’s a glorious crumbed manifesto any hardcore schnithead would want to live by (and they don’t skimp out on serving sizes here). There are staples like a plain old-and-golden schnitzel made to order, a mega schnitzel lying on a bed of chips and of course, the OG of them all, a smorgasbord of schnitzel, chips and gravy.
“They are just really delicious, golden, crispy and succulent,” John said.
“We prep the schnitzels daily, I hand-cut and tenderise each schnitzel then it is just flour, egg wash and then a panko crumb. The size varies, between 300g and 550g the average would be 350g.”
It’s an infallible method, which has made a slew of people call this Sydney’s very best chicken schnitzel. Comments range anywhere from describing these feeds as “ripper”, “doozie” and “mind-blowing”.
If you want to amp up your feasting even more, there’s a handmade chicken schnitzel loaded with chips, mozzarella and gravy; a “Schnit Between Your Buns” packed with coleslaw, cheese, mayo and your choice of chilli; and the food trucks’ signature “Wholly Schnit”. Think a mammoth chicken schnitzel topped with mash potato, mushy peas and gravy.
And for those who get a kick out of all the extra trimmings, you’ll find everything from mushy peas and Jaeger fries to hot sauces for the chilli addicts like “Mother Of God” or “Death On Arrival”.
Image credit: Kera Wong