Good Sås: The Saucy Food Truck

Words by Lauren Cook; Photos by Roos Hekkens

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The food truck revolution has arrived in Turku. This summer has seen a few mobile street food vendors selling their wares, but arguably none of them have generated as much interest as Good Sås, the brainchild of Julia Blomqvist, Joakim Stolpe and Daniel Nyström.

Good Sås deals in classic American and Asian flavours- Philly cheese steaks, Korean barbecue, hot wings and Thai larb are regulars on their menu. Julia explains that the choice to focus on these two different cuisines was a simple one, as Julia is herself an American expat, and Joakim and Daniel have travelled extensively around the Asian continent. With roughly 15 years of food industry experience between the three of them, diners will find themselves in extremely capable hands.

Adding to the food truck’s popularity (the delicious food already speaks for itself) is the multitude of vegan options on offer. All the sauces (or ‘sås’) and bread are vegan and made by the Good Sås team. “Literally the only thing that isn’t vegan in our meat portions is the meat!” laughs Julia. The hot ‘wings’ are made with cauliflower, and seitan makes an easy switch for the meat products in all of their meals. Good Sås’ homemade bread- a deliciously soft sourdough focaccia made with sesame and nori- is made with organic, locally-milled flour from Liikkalan Mylly.

Veganism is certainly being increasingly embraced in Finland, as Julia remarks that “people are more willing to try things that are a little bit different, and there’s more people who are eating less meat.” Only last month, Good Sås participated in the first ever Vegånia vegan food festival here in Turku, and were happy to see the interest it garnered from the public.

As the summer ends, the Good Sås team have taken up a new Saturday night residency at the top end of the Kauppatori, and will be serving hungry punters from 22.00 until 02.30 throughout the autumn and winter. They will also begin various weekday lunch services visiting local office blocks around the city, and are available for catering and corporate events.

Julia explains that setting up a food truck business in Finland is not necessarily difficult, but that vendors must be aware of and follow the various rules and regulations. As more and more food trucks appear in town, Good Sås is leading the charge by offering fun and exciting food for everyone. The team says that they wanted to do something that they weren’t finding in Turku, and they have certainly managed to fill a gap in the market with their fresh flavours and approach. While the name Good Sås may have started as a joke, in the end you’ll find no false advertising here: the sås is good in this one, my friends.

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