Family Brings Syrian Flavours to Brunswick

AFTER fleeing civil war in Syria, this family is bringing a traditional taste of their home country to Melbourne through a new food truck. Find out what has foodies’ tastebuds salivating.

A taste of Syria has come to Brunswick thanks to a shawarma food truck.

Husband and wife, Sami Mansour and Roaa Ilia, run Harmony and Symphony — named after the pair’s two daughters — seven days a week.

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Their Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs mentor, Maisa Koukach, said they specialise in shawarma, a Syrian favourite traditionally made up of meat, garlic sauce and pickles in a wrap.

Maisa said the couple, who now live in Bundoora, fled their home country when the civil war began, and arrived in Australia in 2015.

Mr Mansour was a chef in Syria and thanks to support from Christ Church Brunswick, which owns the land the truck sits on, the couple decided to begin a small business.

“The customers love the food and especially the falafel because there are many vegan people here,” Roaa said.

Roaa said she was hoping to move away from the truck and into primary-school teaching when she finishes her diploma at RMIT University.

“We didn’t prepare to move and we missed home at the start but we are lucky to come here,” she said.

“Now we have jobs and normal lives, it’s better and we feel we are part of Australia.”

*Source: Moreland Leader: Josh Barnes.  Photo: Hamish Blair

For more information please visit Harmony and Symphony Syrian Food Facebook Page.

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