Thursday, 7 November 2019

Sukhothai, South Parade, Leeds


Operation explore the Yorkshire food scene is well under way now. I started my new job and have settled into our new home quite nicely. I asked a couple of girls at work for recommendations on where to go to eat in Leeds if you're a food lover like myself. I asked if they could only choose one restaurant to go to, which it would be and they both, separately, went with the same restaurant - Sukhothai. Being one who is often sceptical about people's recommendations, particularly when they sound too good to be true, I knew we had to go and investigate further. My boyfriends parents came up for the weekend and very kindly took us out for dinner - his stepmom was very set on going to a Thai restaurant so Sukhothai was the natural choice to make. 


Less than five minute walk from the train station in a very well-lit location so walking back in the dark wasn't a big deal at all. The restaurant itself is large but busy so it may well be difficult if you have mobility aids - I'm sure the restaurant would be more than willing to accommodate if this is the case though as nothing seemed like too much work for them. We went on a Monday night and it was BUSY so I imagine that weekend bookings are essential. 


Arguably the menu choice was too much - there really is something for every palate - whether you're vegetarian, vegan or have other dietary requirements, there honestly seems to be something for everyone. It took me a good ten minutes to peruse the menu and even then, I found myself changing my mind on my order every time I glanced back at it. We could easily start at the top and work our way down as everything sounded absolutely incredible and I would have happily eaten anything on the menu.

I eventually opted for dumplings of the pork and prawn variety - a decision that I honestly think has changed my life. I'm a big fan of dumplings - Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Sui Mai, whatever form they come in - and the Khanom Jeeb dumplings from Sukhothai are probably the best I've ever tasted, with no exceptions. Being the kind and courteous girlfriend that I am, I offered my boyfriend a taste - done more begrudgingly than ever before.

For my choice for main course, I knew I wanted to try a duck dish. I love duck but find that I never cook it the way I'd like it to taste so generally speaking, when I go out for dinner I opt for either seafood or duck. This time around, duck was definitely the right way to go - I went for Pad Nam Prik Pao Phed which was stir fried, sliced duck in the most delicious sauce I've ever tasted. The duck was tender and seasoned to perfection and if it was socially acceptable to lick the plate clean upon finishing, I probably would have as the sauce was on another level entirely. It's fair to say that we'll definitely be going back and trying some other dishes off their incredibly extensive menu as soon as possible.


If it gets any better than this, I'm never leaving. 


Tuesday, 1 October 2019 Leeds Kirkgate Market, Kirkgate, Leeds, UK


Vietnamese food? Yes, please. 

I moved to Yorkshire this week (!!!) and as an avid foodie, I knew I had to explore Leeds and find some amazing spots to eat. I love most cuisines but Vietnamese is one that I find I enjoy the most - but I very rarely get a chance to actually eat Vietnamese food. I knew I wanted to go and have a look at Kirkgate Market - I've seen more than enough Instagram pictures to know that that was probably one of my best bets for good quality yet reasonably priced lunch - so I headed there straight off the train. I mainly let my nose do the work direction wise as the entire indoor marketplace smelt like heaven on Earth.

Banh and Mee, Kirkgate Market, Leeds | Eat Yorkshire

Location & Ease of Access 

Kirkgate Market, Leeds City Centre. 

Took me about ten minutes to walk from the train station so as central as you're probably going to get. The market place was pretty crowded so I imagine it'd be a bit more difficult to access for people who have mobility aids or for families with pushchairs, but the building itself is accessible as standard. I'd say be prepared to queue for five or ten minutes if you go at the weekend.

Menu Choice 

For such a small place, they have a great menu with lots of choice. Veggie and Vegan options are available - I spied a Vegan Pho that looked like it would be a bit of me. Alongside an extensive Pho menu, there was also Banh Mi - a Vietnamese Sandwich - and Banh and Mee's twist on the Banh Mi with Banh Mi fries. For a healthier option, salads are also available with your choice of filling. If you're in a bit of a rush and just want a small bite for the ride, then a Summer Roll might well be your perfect choice.

Banh and Mee, Kirkgate Market, Leeds | Eat Yorkshire

I personally ordered the BBQ Pork Rice Box - with sriracha, of course - and pickled veg. There are multiple different Rice Boxes available to choose from but the BBQ tickled my pickle that day! I definitely made the right choice - the BBQ pork was well cooked and seasoned, tender and delicious. The rice it was served on was sticky and filling and the pickled veg was sharp - it also helped take the edge off the sriracha sauce that I had drizzled all over.

I'll be going back for seconds, without a shadow of a doubt.

Eat Yorkshire Rating

An excellent introduction to the Yorkshire food scene.


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