[Pictures: David Straight]
El Sizzling Chorizo is a gourmet foodcart, the kind of thing you find on the streets of New York and Portland, not Waiheke Island. Owner Corra Anselmi sells three types of barbecued sausage (all $9) from the side of his converted trailer. There’s choripan – Argentinian chorizo, which has a thicker grind than chorizo, a fatter sausage and less paprika. There’s Merguez – Moroccan lamb. And, incongruously, there’s Bratwurst, which he learned from a German chef at Cable Bay, where he used to work. Sometimes, he sells a pork sandwich ($10).
Frankly, we’ve never made it past the choripan. Anselmi makes them himself using organic local meat, to a family recipe. He grills them over hot embers – he uses vine offcuts for their fragrance – and serves them in chewy local ciabatta with chimichurri. They’re hot, garlicky and porky. When you bite into them the juice runs out. They make you want to go to Argentina.
Anselmi has been catering parties on the island for a while. Last year, he kitted out a trailer using scrap, and then opened up in the carpark of the Presbytarian church in Oneroa. Locals drove past, salivating at the woodsmoke. Then someone complained, and El Sizzling had to go. Until he finds another site – he tells us one is in the works in Ostend, but he’s hoping for another in Oneroa – you’ll need to keep an eye out at festivals and market days. We can’t wait. SFG
HOURS At the Ostend Market each Saturday morning; follow El Sizzling Chorizo’s Facebook page to find out where they’re firing up next.
CONTACT DETAILS Itinerant; ph 372-4283 or 021 181-1224.
IMPORTANT DETAILS It might be a foodcart, but El Sizzling Chorizo takes eftpos.