Last weekend we said farewell to the traders who had spent the month in Trinity Kitchen (see my previous post here) and this week I was invited along to come and check out the new traders who are in for this months street food offerings until April 27th.
Coming in we have newbies Rola Wala, Happy Maki and the Cake Doctor, plus two traders who have traded on previous rotations, Bangwok and Fresh Rootz.
First up is Rola Wola, a delightfully excitable team on board with outgoing food to match putting a vibrant twist on authentic Indian street food.
Serving 10" rolled naans with a filling of either coriander chicken tikka (it takes 48 hours to marinade!) or beetroot and paneer dal... or if you want you can even have a bit of both together because they are just that nice. There is also the option for you heat-seekers out there to have a sprinkling of the cheek tingling Moruga Scorpion Chilli (this stuff is HOT!) on your wrap.
I went for the combo option combining the coriander chicken tikka and beetroot paneer dal, but I also went for a good sprinkling of the scorpion chilli to see what the fuss was all about!
It was bloomin' good. Very tasty and a great combination of fresh and spicy flavours, which is not surprising when their food is all based around using high quality fresh produce.
I also got a taste of their new creation in conjunction with Leeds kulfi ice cream producer Indie Ices and their new worlds HOTTEST ice cream. Mango, lime and moruga chili have been combined to make a delightfully refreshing treat with a big chili kick. I absolutely loved it and urge you to give your tastebuds a run for their money and do the same too.
I am looking forward to venturing back to see these guys for more lunch time or post-work treats this month and feel that they are going to be a big hit with the people of Leeds. I'm also hoping to be doing a spot of naan rolling myself so watch this space!
Next door are Fresh Rootz, vegetarian and vegan world street food traders which offer dishes using fresh, local ingredients which provide not just your 5-a-day of veg but a whopping 7 portions of fresh veg per dish, which funnily enough fits in nicely with the medical reports released in the news last week!
I have tried Fresh Rootz food before from when they were trading in Trinity Kitchen before Christmas and I had thoroughly missed the wonderful flavoursome yet somehow homely dishes that they offer.
I opted for their gambian style groundnut stew which was served with lightly spiced cous cous and a raw slae citrus salad. We were very kindly given some of their pakoras to try as well.
Just as I had remembered. Good quality, flavoursome stews with that feel-good hit. Their pakora were nice and crispy without feeling greasy. Perfectly light and fluffy and really complimented by the generous drizzling of sweet chilli sauce and yogurt.
Following on is Happy Maki. A first for a sole-sushi trader in Trinity Kitchen and a welcome addition too. Healthy and honest food with forward-thinking flavours is the idea with a menu offering futo-maki varations of hoisin duck, thai sweet potato and teryaki chicken... you might however be asking where is the fish?
Anna who started up Happy Maki has sustainability at the core of her business. By serving fish-free sushi she is aiming to raise awareness of ocean stock issues and help to aid the situation. The sushi on offer is also futo-maki which is made in thick rolls and serves as a wrap in itself making for minimal packaging. This is guilt-free sushi at its finest!
On to Bangwok! Returning for their second time, these guys have come back with a crazy new set up which is impressive in itself. Serving from giant woks placed on painted oil drums alongside their well-loved Tuk-Tuk!
Their menu consists of rice and curry and includes options of beef massaman, green chicken curry and a honey roast pork dish with all dishes served with their roasted rice and fresh Thai salad.
If you can't decide on which curry you want then you can always dip into their great offer of trying all 3 curries with rice and salad for £7 - bargainous!
And last but not least... we have the Cake Doctor! Run by James, a recent graduate who has combined his love of baking with his passion for vintage vehicles. The baker served homemade cakes and sweet treats from his 1979 Ford Transit Mark 2 ambulance (which unfortunately I don't have a picture of!).
With the public getting through James' cakes like wildfire he is already bouncing along nicely and adding a nice little addition to our afternoon cups of tea.
All in all it's not a bad month ahead for us hungry people and I urge you to get along to try a taste of whats new. These traders are in Trinity Kitchen until April 27th.