Leeds is famed for its street food, with a host of vendors cooking up delicious creations, but these sixteen simply have to be tried…
With so much choice, it’s hard to know which street food vendors to try. Should you go for the loaded burgers served up in a yellow bus or the pizza slices from a trader with a permanent home, the local fish and chips with a difference or the gluten-free Colombian flat breads from across the Pennines?
Dubbed ‘Best of the Best’ at this year’s British Street Food Awards, you’ve simply got to try what Fu-Schnicken’s has got to offer. Tuck into their Taiwanese Guo Bao, delicious steamed buns filled with a choice of pork belly, mushroom or panko chilli chicken.
2. Caribbean Cafe
Aside from his permanent location in Leeds Kirkgate Market, Caribbean Cafe owner Dean Cuffy likes to take his show on the road, offering the sunshine flavours of his homeland to the masses. His Jerk Chicken is a must-try, bursting with flavour – and don’t worry if you can’t take the heat, because his food is prepared mild.
3. The Moocher
Based across the Pennines, the folks at The Moocher have been known to bring their delights to Belgrave Feast. Their innovative dishes are influenced heavily by British cuisine with lots of foraged finds thrown in. Feast on dishes such as chipotle pulled venison or ox heart with beetroot and pickled garlic flower.
4. Dough Boys
Permanently based at Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, Dough Boys pizza is great when you’re on a night out and need a little something to soak up all those beers. There are six Neapolitan style pizzas to choose from, such as the Middle Eastern spiced lamb topped Baa No More and the meaty Sausage Fest.
5. Arepa! Arepa! Arepa!
Whilst they call Manchester home, Arepa! Arepa! Arepa! often tour the north with gluten-free Colombian flat breads made out of maize. Choose from some rather delicious fillings such as shredded steak or plantain and cheese, then chase it down with some refreshing Inka Kola.
6. Bare Plume Cafe
Specialising in cruelty-free world cuisine, Leeds based Bare Plume Cafe certainly like to get creative with their grub. You’ll find all manners of interesting fusion dishes on the menu, such as their vegan BBQ jackfruit wrap and teriyaki tofu rendang curry.
A firm Leeds favourite, Fish& takes the classic British dish and gives it a fresh twist – and it’s all the better for it. Once you taste their lemon and chilli battered fish and chunky chips, you’ll soon see why people will happily queue to get their chops around their street food offering.
8. Le Petite Bretonne
No stranger to Trinity Kitchen, Le Petite Bretonne offers a taste of France with their classic sweet crepes. Indulge in La CaraBanana – a thin pancake topped with banana and caramel. Or go all out with decadent strawberry and champagne jam.
Regulars at World Feast on Briggate, Brighouse based Hay offers many South American delights. Get some cheesy goodness from their Brazilian Pao de Queijo dough balls, satisfy your sweet tooth with their dulce de leche filled alfajores and be sure to try the beef empanadas.
10. The Salty Cow
Inspired by the diet of Royal Navy sailors, the folks at The Salty Cow specialise in hot salt beef sandwiches and can often be found on Commercial Street. Each sarnie starts with a good heaping of brisket, but it’s up to you which garnishes you’d like. Will it be the Swiss cheese, sauerkraut or sliced gerkins?
11. Manjit’s Kitchen
Serving up authentic Punjab vegetarian delights, Manjit Kaur whips up tasty Indian grub from recipes she learnt from her grandmother. From the Papri Chaat and Bhel Puri to the Chala Masala and Shahi Paneer, you’ll soon see why folk flock to her food van.
12. Musti’s Kitchen
Burritos aren’t the only great things that come in wraps. Briggate Farmers’ Market regulars Musti’s Kitchen is a family run vendor that sells delicious Turkish cuisine. It’s perfect if you’re on the go and you can’t go wrong with the Tantuni Kebab, filled with Middle Eastern spiced minced lamb, peppers and onions.
13. Cossack Cuisine
Run by a husband and wife team, Cossack Cuisine sells all manners of baked Russian savouries, sweets and cakes. They’re often found at Briggate’s World Feast. Be sure to try owner Leeza’s St. Petersburg Pie, made using her grandmother’s recipe.
14. Le Petit Banh Mi
Appearing at Belgrave Feast and as far away as London, Friends Duc and Francois recreate the flavours of their native France with their bahn mi sandwich. Choose from the beef, pork or spicy tofu – but if you want the real deal, try the classic five spiced pork belly.
15. Cow Boys
You’ll find Cow Boys at events all over the north from Leeds to Manchester. And true to their name, they deal only in beef. Get your chops around one of their 2 Cow Burgers – two patties smothered in chilli, American cheese, smoked bacon and their secret sauce.
16. The Roadhog Diner
You might have seen The Roadhog Diner at this year’s Handmade in Yorkshire – and how could you have missed their huge yellow American school bus? Their food is just as bold with options like the Billy Bob’s Pork Smoker pulled pork sandwich or the bacon and cheese smothered The Texas Dirty Bird chicken burger.
Main image courtesy of Justin Gardner Photography. Caribbean Cafe, Arepa! Arepa! Arepa!, Bare Plume Cafe and The Moocher images courtesy of Tom Joy Photography. The Roadhog Diner image courtesy of Lee Collings.