Bánh & Mee
Bringing the perfumed flavours of Vietnam to the market’s miscellany of eateries, are street food veterans and a Kirkgate exclusive, Bánh and Mee. Though the queue for their grub is often long, the turnaround from order point to delivery time is speedy, and not an ounce of taste is sacrificed.
These culinary masterminds bring you the iconic Vietnamese street food sandwich, the Bánh Mì; packed with pickled veg, fresh herbs and your choice of marinated meat or Mama Tran’s homemade tofu, so veggies and vegans don’t have to miss a single trick. Why not treat yourself to some of their Summer Rolls as an accompaniment too? These delicate rice paper parcels contain herbs, salad, rice noodles and one of three special fillings; lemongrass chicken, king prawns and avocado or homemade tofu. January is a long and gruelling month, but Bánh’s wholesome bowls of Ph? simmered in Mama Nguyen’s three-generation broth is bound to brighten your days. Be bold and go big with the meat combo, or keep it green with veg and tofu. The crowds that surround this little kitchen are the only persuasion you need to join in; the grub is pretty damn good!
Down to the bottom right corner of the hall, there nestles a little Indian oasis. Initially starting out as events caterers for special celebrations in 2010, Manjit’s Kitchen gained so much popularity and demand that they expanded to a chaat cart, followed by a converted horsebox, in order to spread the taste of MK across the country. Now they have a permanent residency in Kirkgate Market, where you can relish the zing of their cooking all year round.
This spice box has an entirely vegetarian menu, and recipes are served on authentic silver platters as though they have travelled straight from the kitchens of Indian homes and cafes. The food at Manjit’s is as colourful as the t-shirts worn by the chefs, with a delicious selection of hearty Central-Asian cuisine. Try one of their Chilli Paneer or Veg Pakora wraps if you need a grab-and-go meal, or sit down to one of their assorted Thali Plates with a pint of draft craft beer. The curries change daily, so pop back again and again to taste everything from the Temple Dhal to the Keralan Veg! For those who are vegan too, Manjit’s Kitchen have a Buddha bowl that is entirely plant based, brimming with brown rice, turmeric roasted cauliflower, roast chickpea and kale, spinach, and a red capsicum sauce. It’s loaded, and full of goodness!