Art of Street Food

by The REJIGIT Blog

There appears to be a renaissance of Street Food underway in some parts of the world and Rejigit celebrates the trend.

Christchurch based Chefs and proprietors Morgan Lonergan and Andy Tonge have had Vagabond Chefs mobile food truck operating in Christchurch since June serving high quality and innovative food to go. 


                                                       Chef Morgan Lonergan

The Vagabond Chefs  truck offers a varied menu which changes often. When Rejigit checked the day’s fare recently, it featured steamed bao buns with a Vagabond salad and filling options of crispy pork belly, Korean fried chicken, slow braised beef brisket & beans or crispy tofu etc.


The food truck parks up at different locations around the City and the location list is published on Vagabond Chef's Facebook page and Instagram. 

In a former life, the truck was a mobile butchery and it has been remodelled and refurbished to accommodate a kitchen, chiller and serving area. The vehicle is a big black beast and easily spotted.

This is the truck's schedule at the present time;

Wednesday      Sir William Pickering Drive 11:30am - 2:00pm

Thursday         Corner High & Lichfield Sts 11:30am - 2:00pm

Friday              Friday Street Market. Square

Saturday          The Esplanade, Sumner 11:30am - 5:00pm

Sunday            The Esplanade 11:30am - 5:00pm

Rejigit wishes the Vagabond Chefs all the very best.


Singapore street food operator awarded a Michelin star.

Chan Hon Meng of Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle makes Hong Kong-style soya sauce chicken noodles and has been doing it for thirty five years, building his stall business up to the point where people wait in huge lines in the morning before he even opens. At the Michelin Guide Singapore Gala Dinner in July 2016, he was awarded a Michelin star, the first street food hawker to receive a Michelin award. His establishment also has the distinction of having the cheapest meals represented in the Michelin Guide, with meals being as little as US$1.50 for soya sauce chicken rice.

The best Street Food in Italy.

A Palermo Street Food operator has received an award for offering the best Street Food in ItalyNino U' Ballerino Restaurant is owned and operated by Antonino Buffa also known as Nino U' Ballerina.

One of his biggest selling specialities is a soft bun sandwich, "Pani câ mouse",  a very popular Palermitan sandwich. His version contains veal spleen and lung which has been boiled and then fried.


Chef Antonino won the award as the best street Sicilian chef as part an event held in Rome at the Officine Farneto and Nino U' Ballerino has been included in the Italian guide Gambero Rosso.

New Zealand Food Awards

The Cuisine Good Food Awards for 2016 have just been announced in New Zealand. Auckland's The French Cafe was again awarded Best Restaurant and Best Metropolitan Restaurant. Very well done! 

Sadly Christchurch is not overly represented but great to see Roots (of Lyttelton) has again been recognised with a Three Hat award together with Pegasus Bay with a Two Hat award, Pescator with a Two Hat award and Black Estate with a One Hat award.