Twisted Dough, a Polish food truck, has been offering something a bit different to Irish weekend markets. Set up at Christmas last year, couple Madgalena Michalewicz and Karol Kowalczyk have been serving a variety of Polish and Irish fusion cuisine at markets in Bushy and Marlay Park, creating the first pierogi truck experience in Ireland.
Karol, a chef with over seven years of experience, having worked in establishments such as Marcells, Biju and Sova Vegan Butcher, always wanted to open his own restaurant. Magdalena originally worked in the Polish Embassy and left to start her own business distributing natural beverages – which she did for three years – giving her marketing and selling skills that are invaluable to the business.
"So we joined forces and opened Twisted Dough Wicklow," she explained. And so, the 'big adventure' of opening the truck began. The pierogi, a traditional Polish dumpling, "Are based on my grandmother's recipe but ingredients are directly from Irish farmers". Madgalena states that they were inspired by their home in the Wicklow Mountains. The business sources its produce locally from Castleruddery Organic Farm Vegetables, Doyle’s Butcher and Dunlavin Dairy, as well as herbs and wild garlic picks from Wicklow fields. "Honestly Irish farmers are supporting us a lot!" Madgalena said.
There is something for everyone on the Twisted Dough menu. For vegetarians there are cottage cheese and potato pierogi with dill, for vegans there are sauerkraut and wild mushroom dumplings and for carnivores there are offerings such as the best selling slow cooked braised beef with mustard and vegetables. "We do our own smoked sheep cheese which you can get grilled like a starter or beetroot borchst with mushroom tortellini, which in Polish is called uszka," she said. There is even a gluten free option, Kopytka, similar to Italian gnocchi featured on the menu.
The biggest challenge facing Twisted Dough came from the uncertainty of "How Polish cusine would be welcomed by local people. And finally it was a big surprise. Irish people love polish food!" enthused Madgalena. With this success in mind expansion is only a matter of time for the business, and currently they are setting up a second stand for summer festivals, with a later plan of "Opening the first pierogi restaurant in Ireland, of course".