The Street food scene can do no wrong – it’s literally booming in Manchester.
From tasty bao buns to speciality curries, those who want a taste of the world can pretty much find it. And you don’t just have to be wandering around the city centre for a fix – there’s places like Altrincham Market and the Maker’s Markets (which travel around Manchester) which offer fantastic street foods.
Here’s six of the best…
1. Dim Sum Su
This incredible Eastern street food phenomenon started off at Spinningfields, and is now constantly on the move around Manchester. Offering Cantonese and Chinese bite-size food that takes delicious Dim Sum food out of restaurants, and lets it loose on the street, Dim Sum Su can be found ‘popping up’ around the city, or launching supper clubs in Manchester restaurants.
Sue Lee, the founder, likes to appear at Manchester food festivals too, so keep an eye out…
2. The Blue Caribou Canteen
Those who regularly pop down to Levenshulme market may be familiar with Mobile food trader The Blue Caribou Canteen.
It’s on a mission to bring the traditional Canadian dish Poutine to the people of Manchester. You’ll get a lot of the Quebec themed food centres around Maris Piper spuds, fresh cheese curds and homemade Quebec-style gravy. Delish.
You can expect to see these Blue Caribou guys at Levenshulme Market, and on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 May they’ll be heading over to Sheffield to trade at Peddler Market.
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3. Chaat Cart
This South Indian Street Food eatery was the winner of the Manchester Food And Drink Festival street food competition. It’s no surprise- Chaat Cart has earned an amazing reputation locally with its fresh and flavoursome street food.
Their chaat is inspired by the chaat wallahs which usually sell the savoury snacks from roadside food trucks in India. Best news? They now have a permanant unit in Marple, and they’ll also be popping up at the Alphabet Brew Tap and Food Yard on Saturday, May 20.
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4. Viet Shack
Manchester Arndale’s food market is one of the best in our opinion for finding street food favourites. And Viet Shack certainly puts them on the map.
Their ethos is simple: Simple Vietnamese inspired food that you can serve up and make you feel good. A favourite from lots of Arndale passers by is the Quack Fries smothered in their homemade sriracha jam with all the toppings…
This Indian street food eatery is down in a basement building at 61, Piccadilly, and it’s being talked about a lot.
It’s basically a Northern Quart ‘beer & Indian’ joint, where its award-winning recipes are quickly ranking as one of the city’s best casual dining restaurants.
It’s simple Gujurat-inspired street food and the world’s best craft beer, from both local and international breweries, is small portions, so you can mix and match by sharing a few at a time.
6. Tru Street
Trafford Centre has a fine Street Food eatery by the name of Tru Street, and it’s menu is extensive. You can indulge in duck bao buns, ribs, spring rolls, jerk chicken rice dishes and all the noodles you can imagine.
A bit of an ‘all rounder’ offering for who like various street food cuisines.