The Most Unusual Things to Eat in Leeds

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Step outside of your comfort zone with these unique Leeds eats.

Wen's Chinese Jellyfish

If meaty cake, saucy tentacles and brain curries weren’t on your list already – they soon will be.

Want to set the next viral trend? Or just up for something new? We’ve got you. From suspicious-looking pastries to surprisingly tasty curries, it’s time to embrace your adventurous side with these wild and wonderful culinary creations. Each is a marriage of outrageous flavours and bizarre textures that goes way beyond your usual fare, but while they may seem downright peculiar, you just might be surprised. 

Pork Floss Cake at Sing Sing Bakery

Floss Cake Sing Sing Bakery

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Meat on cake – who would’ve thought? Well, Sing Sing Bakery did. Their pork floss cake comes coated in meat floss – also known as rousong, yuk sung or bak hu. This dessert is wildly popular across East and Southeast Asia and is made by simply drying meat, resulting in a fluffy cotton-like texture. The cake is sandwiched with cream and rolled in the good stuff, creating an umami explosion. Don’t knock it ’til you try it.

Sing Sing Bakery, 30-36 Cross Stamford Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 1BA.

Lamb Brain Curry at Mumtaz

Mumtaz Lamb Brain Curry

Ever tried brains? No, this isn’t a question for Hannibal Lecter, you can indulge your curiosity over at Mumtaz. Their lamb brain curry, or Bheja Fry, is a traditional Hyderabadi delicacy. The brains are cooked in garlic, ginger, chilli and their secret-recipe spice blend. It’s a shockingly tasty dish that just melts in your mouth. It’s also extremely healthy, rich in DHA and other omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for our own brains.

Mumtaz, 1-2, MacKenzie House, Chadwick Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1PJ.

Marinated Jellyfish at Wen’s Restaurant

Wen's Jellyfish

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Chinese food may have taken the world by storm, but some delicacies remain territory untraveled. Case in point? Marinated jellyfish. Yes, you heard that right – actual jellyfish – and you can get it right here in Leeds at Wen’s. It’s one of those things that makes you wonder – how did they figure out you can eat it? The jellyfish is flavourless but its marinade packs a punch, perfect with its delightfully crunchy texture.

Wen’s Restaurant, 72-74 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.

Love or Hate Pizza at Cuckoo

Cuckoo Love or Hate

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There’s few things more divisive than Marmite, you either love it or hate it. And that’s exactly what Cuckoo have named their marmite smothered pizza. Love or Hate treads the fine line between atrocity and delight. It swaps out the usual tomato sauce with a generous layer of the tart, umami goodness, topped with sun-dried tomatoes and loaded with oozy mozzarella. Pizza doesn’t get more unusual than this. And the best part is, you can try it for free with every drink before 9pm.

Cuckoo, 37 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.

Duck Heart Stew Doughnut at Home

Home

Home is a forward-thinking fine dining restaurant, so it’s no surprise that their menu features some unusual creations that push culinary boundaries – like their Duck Heart Stew Doughnut. Duck heart has all the juiciness you’d expect from duck and is rich in protein. It’s stuffed into a doughnut and drizzled with a sweet yet savoury mushroom caramel. Is it a dessert? Is it an appetiser? Whatever it is, it’s blummin’ delicious.

Home, 3 Brewery Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NE.