Packed full of nutritious goodness, this is sin-free dining with a serious flavour injection.
Fresh green salads piled high with chicken and loaded with Asian flavours… chunky samosas smothered in chickpea masala… Vietnamese noodle soup filled with beef, lemongrass and fiery chillies… it sounds too good to be true but these dishes are as healthy as they are delicious. And if you haven’t tried them yet, you need to rectify the situation stat, because you’re missing out big time.
Bang Bang Chicken Salad at Banyan
If you think salads are always bland and boring, think again. Banyan’s Bang Bang Chicken Salad is full of exciting flavours that’ll set your tastebuds tingling. The mix of mange tout, carrots, cashews and salad leaves form the perfectly crisp, crunchy and vitamin-filled base. Protein-packed chicken is loaded on, then it’s all drizzled with a rich satay dressing and topped with coriander, lime and caramelised peanuts for a surprising burst of sweetness.
Banyan, The Old Post Office, 2 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2ES.
Bún Bo Hue at Pho
Bún Bo Hue is a warming Vietnamese noodle soup that’s brimming with nourishing ingredients. Lean beef, bean sprouts, peanuts, and Vermicelli rice noodles are simmered in their spicy, aromatic broth flavoured with a secret blend of Vietnamese herbs. It’s topped with fiery chillies that really pack a punch as well as wok-fried lemon grass, which acts as a powerful antioxidant that’ll give your immune system a real boost.
Pho Leeds, Trinity Kitchen, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.
Samosa Chaat at Jah Joyt
An Indian street-food favourite, Jah Joyt’s Samosa Chaat will fill you right up and you won’t even need to feel guilty about it. Two chunky veggie samosas are crushed and smothered with chickpea masala. It’s super high in protein, which will help keep you full all day. And once that’s all piled on, they add lashings of creamy raita and tamarind sauce, then throw on freshly diced red onion to give you a healthy hit of vitamin C.
Assembly Underground, 12 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AL.Cover image credit: © Copyright Leeds-List 2019 by Emma Cooke