Having already been spotted by Leeds Living at the Belgrave Feast for their fresh and authentic Malaysian food, Nasi Lemak are back in Leeds this time for a six week stint in Trinity Kitchen. With a longstanding takeaway in Salford and a regular appearance at pop events across the North these guys know how to do Asian fusion cooking the right way with their Malaysian Hawker cuisine. Their Malay seafood grill offers some interesting tropical choices including lobster panggang, sambal baby squid and king prawn skewer – all freshly prepared for that straight-out-the-ocean taste and served with a choice of coconut rice or glass noodles. Pots of Malay curry were kicking out some spicy scents and setting hungry bellies rumbling, with coconut based Beef Rendang and Nyonya Chicken being the hot favourites. Aesthetically their dishes are vibrant and exotic with their cod dish served up in traditional style atop of banana leaf and decorated by flame coloured chill slices. Their Trinity specials include satay chicken and skin on salt and pepper chips, as well as chilli-less child friendly menu. For a hot and spicy lunch with authentic Malay twist, Nesi Lemak have got all your Asian fusion food cravings covered. Check them out at @Nasi_LemakMCR.
Coming up top for the most exciting street food set up is Chaat Cart in their glitzy Bollywood style stall. From here they serve an enticing range of organic Indian street food treats which move away from spicy curries people often expect when they hear ‘Indian food’ and instead focus their offerings around Chaat. Their healthy Chaat is traditionally found on the roadsides of India and many of their dishes take inspiration from owner Aarti’s childhood in India and travels around South Asia. Their most popular dishes will be available at Trinity and include chicken kebabs, dhal and Masala Dosa a savoury crepe made from a batter of rice flour and lentils which is then stuffed which potatoes, fried onions and spices. Currently residents in The Kitchens in Manchester after batting away the competition to become finalists in a battle of the best street food vendors, which sees the winner walk away with a hefty sum and their own restaurant, Chaat Cart are one to watch as they continue their Northern street food takeover. Check them out at @ChaatCart.
Shoot the Bull!
Despite their name suggesting a beef orientated menu, Shoot the Bull are masters of much more than that with an exciting gastro-restaurant take on street food. After meeting at the critically acclaimed restaurant 1884 Dock Street Kitchen owners, Chris and Emma, decided to quit their jobs in the restaurant industry earlier this year to dive into the street food trade and despite only officially launching two months ago they have fast found their feet. Chris explained the concept behind his company saying: ‘Restaurant style street food is the cheesy line.. But I didn’t want to move away from my restaurant roots and having a street food stall allows me to cook up the same high quality dishes without the overhead restrictions that come with a restaurant’. With a number of fancy looking dishes, which would be arguably be more at home in an upmarket restaurant, Shoot the Bull! pull out all the stops without the added price tag. Being enticed by their carefully thought out flavour combinations, I opted for their special of blow torched mackerel splattered with citrus gel blobs and served with beetroot, cabbage and green peppercorn slaw and a smoked pakora. Chris’s culinary experience shone through as each mouthful was as flavoursome and aromatic as the next with the blowtorched mackerel providing a smoky taste and tender texture.
The team at Shoot the Bull! are going all out to give their customers the luxury treatment with beers on tap from Hull micro-brewery Atom and single origin drip pour coffee from Blended. In addition to this they are taking the idea of a ‘Meal deal’ (despite being a world away from the usual tired looking sarnie) and allowing customers to scoop up a main dish, a box of goose fat ‘cracked’ fries and a beer/coffee/soft drink all for £10. Keep an eye on their culinary creation at @shootthebulluk on both Instagram and Twitter.
With their West meets East fusion creations, TruStreet are a real mixture of world street food blends. With their kitsch stall complete with a wheel barrow and hawker grill, which will be used for some for some performance cooking, TruStreet have been trying out their oriental recipes on festival punters and are ready to bring their best sellers to the Trinity Kitchen. One such best seller is their Hong Kong Phat duck burger which involves a mountain of shredded duck smothered in their mysterious ‘secret sauce’ and encased in a fluffy bun. The owners claimed this such burger will send you to ‘cloud nine’ - a bold statement which I’m more than willing to test out in the future. Other intriguing dishes include Chinese Crispy Chilli Shredded Beef and Taiwanese Salt and Pepper Crispy Chicken in a five blend spice and accompanied with the all-American curly fry. If you’re after a gangster side with your meal then their ‘Street Sides’, such as Chicken satay sticks and Northern china spring rolls, will give you a side serving with a kick. Have a nosey at what their up to a Trinity on their Twitter @TruStreet.
With the school holidays now in full flow but the sunny weather not quiet following suit, Trinity Kitchen provides the perfect spot to flee to when everyone starts feeling the cabin fever. With the street food vendors cooking up something for every taste bud from Indian street with a twist to exciting culinary creations from Shoot the Bull! don’t miss the opportunity to try out these great Northern food traders – around for a limited time only.