The trick behind bistro-style food is to approach the average with an extraordinary eye. That’s what business partners Hezron Louw and Andrew Leeuw had in mind when, after a chance meeting, they both decided to quit their day jobs and pursue their love of food. They launched Sumting Fresh in 2012 with its humble beginnings as a gourmet street-food truck.
Taking to the streets, they operated their experimental kitchen in places like Arts on Main, then Bekker Road in Midrand, and the Fourways Farmers’ Market, as well as festivals like Oppikoppi. Soon the dynamic pair had built a reputation for the freshest, most original and straight-up delicious street food in Joburg. Today they own Africa’s largest food truck.
They have dubbed it a ‘bus-taurant’ as it’s a converted a double-decker bus with a mobile catering kitchen and a restaurant on the top floor with the roof off. It’s an amazing experience to sit upstairs and enjoy the food with a view over Johannesburg.
The real secret to Sumting Fresh’s success is their signature chicken dish: “Our most popular item on the menu is the Goujon Chicken,” says Sumting Fresh staffer Jean Huddy. “We crumb chicken strips in our secret seasoned crumbs and deep-fry to crisp perfection then serve with a seasonal side salad and shoestring fries. Our sauces are our home-made aïoli and sweet chilli sauce – nothing is premade or bought.” Jean goes on to say that the sweet chilli sauce recipe they developed has become really popular – everyone wants a jar of it to take home.
At the core of Sumting Fresh is that the fresher the ingredients, the better the taste, and all the ingredients are bought super-fresh daily from the fresh produce markets. These street food moguls also serve fruity jam jar cocktails!
Today the business has grown to include a catering company, a factory in Bramley and a restaurant in Norwood. The bus-taurant can be found at The Neighbourgoods Market, Braamfontein, every Saturday and The Fourways Farmers’ Market, every Sunday. The crew also does events in and around Joburg every weekend. Check for updates on their whereabouts on Facebook and Twitter. But whatever you do, make sure you try their food!
by Shawn Greyling