It’s that time again. Trinity Kitchen has brought in six new street food vendors and we’ve got the lowdown…
Every six weeks, Trinity Kitchen invites a new set of street food traders to set up shop in their graffitied food court. This is your chance to mix-up your lunch break and try something new, as they serve a constant procession of fresh and unusual dishes for you to try. But how do they do it and what have they got lined up for you this month? We’ve got the answer.
They’ve teamed up with Richard Johnson, founder of the British Street Food Awards. His obsession with street food began 15 years ago, when he interviewed Marco Pierre White in New York – they ended up stopping at a street food van in Manhattan, where he had one best burgers of his life. He wanted to bring that same experience home, so he launched the British Street Food Awards in 2009 – he now tracks over 3,000 vendors across the UK and it’s from that pool that they pick Trinity Kitchen’s newest traders.
Tikk’s Thai has just opened a 12-seater shipping container restaurant in York, but it hasn’t stopped them from doing another stint in Trinity Kitchen. Look out for their 19-foot silver airstream trailer, where they’ll be serving authentic Thai curries, like Beef Massaman and Chicken Thai Red Curry. Their menu isn’t static like the others, it’ll change throughout their stay, so you can try something new every time you visit. Don’t fancy curry? They’re also going to have panko-crumbed king prawns and their own recipe Thai Fried Chicken, which is made using Tikk’s secret sweet chilli batter.
Backby popular demand, Thai Khrim make authentic handcrafted Thai ice cream right in front of you – it’s part entertainment, part indulgence and 100% delicious. You can choose from 18 different flavours, with everything from Nutella to Oreo, Mango and Eton Mess. Once you’ve made up your mind, they’ll drizzle their liquid ice cream mix onto a freezing steel plate, then roll it up into an indulgent column and smother it with toppings like brownies and smarties. They’re planning to launch their new vegan ice cream at Trinity Kitchen this September, so everyone can try it.
If you’ve been to Pavs Dhaba, you’ll love Drama Bites. It comes from the same people, but here, their North Indian and Punjabi street food is 100% vegan. By day, you can fill their thali boxes with rice and up to seven different curries. From Tarka Dhal to Saag Aloo, they’ve got it all, so you’re in for a treat. It’s all change in the evening, when they switch it a traditional main and side format – choose your curry, add rice and pile on sides like onion bhajis. Look out for their dairy-free desserts too, like Kheer and Glab Javan.
Steak Out is a local success story. They started six years ago at the Queen’s Jubilee, and they’ve never looked back. The concept is simple – they serve pimped up steak sandwiches made with local ingredients. Their 28-day aged steak comes from Sykes House Farm and their soft, fluffy brioche buns are the work of Gilchrist Bakers. Put them together and you’ve got a real treat, taken to new heights with toppings like garlic mayo, crispy onions and salad. They do a mean halloumi sarnie too – and the loaded fries are a must.
Mendez Cuban Tapas
Mendez Cuban Tapas does proper Cuban eats. Their 80-year-old family recipes have been passed down through the generations in the back streets of Havana. Try the 72-hour smoked beef, made with meat from Sykes House Farm in Wetherby. It’s roasted in 45 herbs and spices to give it that unique taste and served in a Cubano Sandwich or on top of fries. The Cuban Chilli is a must-try too, or you can tuck into their tantalising selection of small plates, which range from Albondigas to Patatas Bravas. If you get thirsty, they’ve got the Havana Beach Cocktail Shack, where you can try Pina Coladas, Mojitos and Sangria.
Let’s Go Wild Boar
Let’s Go Catering has a lot of hats. They’re the people behind a slew of popular street food vans, including Mexicana, Cod Do Batter and Let’s Go Wild Boar – you’ll find the latter at Trinity Kitchen this September. Owner Christopher Gowan has worked with a local wild boar farmer to perfect his recipe and you can get it from their converted 1979 Renault Estafette van. He has two burgers for you to choose from – a wild boar and beef burger or a double-decker burger with one beef patty and one wild boar burger. Whichever you choose, you can top it with cheese, bacon, pulled pork and their signature Jack Daniel’s mayonnaise.
Trinity Kitchen, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.