Dear Harry’s Café de Wheels, PLEASE PRETTY PLEASE come to Melbourne!
A visit to the caravan became a ‘must’ for visiting celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum and Marlene Dietrich. In 1974, Colonel Sanders stopped at Harry’s and enjoyed the food so much that he ate three ‘pies and peas’ while leaning on his walking stick in front of the caravan. A picture of Sanders taken during the visit still hangs in the caravan today.
I am so happy Seb recommended that we stop by this iconic street food caravan in Woolloomooloo – having an ex-Sydney local to be our personal guide this trip definitely had its benefits! Harry’s Café de Wheels instantly became the highlight of our Sydney trip for me, despite it being on our last morning before making our way back home. Intrigued by the numerous famous visitors and my love for cheap and quick comfort food, our stop over here was highly anticipated.
Though they are apparently famous for their pies, we both decided to get their Hot Dog de Wheels!
What we got: Continental Viennese smoked frankfurt served with mushy peas, chilli con carne and garlic onions with cheese sauce and chilli sauce. House special.
After hearing about how amazing this place was all weekend, you’d think that my expectations would have been through the roof and unable to be met. Well, it was far from that! Hands down, this was the best hot dog I’ve ever had in my entire life! The combination of salty and spicy flavours worked incredibly well with the subtle taste and texture of the smashed peas and cheese sauce. The bun itself did not get soggy at all, even towards the end. I’m not really a huge meat eater and was initially concerned about the meat on meat, thinking it would be too much and too heavy. However, the chilli con carne added its own unique layer and bite to the hotdog that I really enjoyed, and it certainly would not have been the same without it.
If you’re craving some really hearty, quick, and affordable comfort food in Sydney – you need to make a stop here. I promise you it will be the best $7.80 you will ever spend 😛