Hull couple turn this old horse box into stunning mobile Thai street food van
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 27 Nov 2017
A Hull couple want to give people a taste of authentic Thai food after creating a street food venture from an old horse box.
John and Nuchy Parkinson, who is originally from Thailand, will be launching the Bangkok Bistro street food venture next month to showcase Thai cuisine.
Mr Parkinson, who makes furniture for a living, spent ten weeks refurbishing the horse box into a “luxurious” street food cart, which his wife jokes is better than their own kitchen.
But he describes his handy-work as merely a “stage” for the “theatre” that is his wife’s authentic Thai food, including curries and stir fries.
“Nuchy is from Thaliand – she’s from Bangkok via Konkaen – and she’s been over here for about a year, and as soon as she arrived it was obvious her cooking was phenomenal,” he said.
John and Nuch in the unit on its debut outing at Sessions in Beverley (Image: Katie Pugh)
“So it immediately got me thinking that she should be cooking for more than just me, so I had this idea and a few months ago we just decided to go for it.
“When you are over in Thailand, street food is such a massive thing, so it was something we wanted to try and replicate.
"We wanted to bring it back over here in a very authentic way, because a bit like Chinese food, the Thai food you get over here can be westernised.
“The cooking is like an art form, and this just really allows us to showcase it. The horse trailer itself is just a stag for that, and the food provides the theatre. It’s simple but full of flavour.”
John and Nuch in the unit on its debut outing at Sessions in Beverley
He says the street food cart, which is available for weddings, events and markets, provided the opportunity to utilise his passion for restoration.
“When we got the horse trailer it was full of straw and horse hair but I got to work on it straight away and it took about ten weeks from start to finish,” Mr Parkinson said.
“The transformation of the trailer from before to after is the real story. It is actually even better than I’d hoped and my friend says it has a luxurious look which is great. I just can’t wait to get it out there.
“I’m interested in antiques and restoration, and I find a certain elegance about horse boxes used for businesses like this, so wanted to try my hand at it.
Nuch in the unit on its debut outing at Sessions in Beverley (Image: Katie Pugh)
“This is a long term to project. We are hoping next year to open up another business from a converted horse box, possibly a real ale bar or something similar.”
The venture will be hitting the streets of Hull and East Yorkshire, starting at the Hull Christmas Street Food Nights at Zebedee’s Yard on Friday December 15.