Adelaide’s food truck scene has a brand-new cuisine!
Uz Gözleme, Adelaide’s first food truck dedicated to gözleme, is now finished and ready to bring the Turkish treat to the city’s streets. The business has been popping up at events such as the Boho Luxe Market, the McLaren Vale Marathon, and Vine Warp for more than four years, and they now have a designated mobile home for their eatery.
The company will continue going to festivals, but it hopes to organise a consistent location to park during weekdays.
The food truck specialises in gözleme, a savoury Turkish stuffed flatbread that’s a common street food in the country. While the dish can be stuffed with many different fillings, Uz Gözleme has seven options: spiced beef with vegetables; Turkish sausage; vegetarian with sliced mushroom, zucchini, parsley; mushroom and spinach; mushroom and cheese; three cheese; and even a dessert flatbread with Nutella and bananas. Each flatbread is made with feta, mozzarella, and cheddar.
They also have other menu items, though, such as gyros, fries, wedges, and meat platters.
The mobile business was founded by Adelaide local Abdurashid Tojiboev and his family, who moved to Australia from Uzbekistan many years ago. While the dish is Turkish, Tojiboev explains that it’s similar to the foods he ate growing up.
“Uzbekistan and Turkey are very similar countries with similar cultures and languages,” the first-time business owner says.
“We have a lot of similar food in Uzbekistan.”
The food truck further nods to its heritage with its name––“Uz Gözleme”––which references the country; their logo, which has a cotton pattern, a reference to Uzbekistan’s main export; and their food truck, which has red and yellow colours alluding to traditional Uzbek atlas dresses.
Tojiboev is proud of the business he and his family have built.
“It feels good to have this business because I can help my family out and support the community,” he says.
Going forward, Tojiboev hopes to open a brick-and-mortar shop.