It was hotter than Sriracha outside today, so we’re back at Adelaide Eats before they shut ‘er down at the end of next week. Now, one the funkiest, hottest stalls in this joint is Cassia Northern Thai BBQ. And this ain’t yer grandpa’s pad thai, bro! This place is smoking their own meats on-site, and serving it up in a plastic cup–I’m about to spend one night in Bangkok with this lemongrass chicken!!!!
Dude, this bird is THE WORD! The meat is so smokey it can prevent forest fires, and it comes with a nice, crispy skin. Then you’ve got a crunchy green papaya salad and some sticky rice on the side, all washed down with a home-brewed iced tea. It’s like a festival of funk in Flavourtown!!!!
So, it’s another beautiful day in the Flavourhood, and we’re back at Adelaide Eats for some real-deal street food. Dude, they’ve got this Jamaican stand, and when I hear they not only had jerk pulled duck, but they were putting it on poutine…then you know we be jammin’, bro!!!!
Now, I gotta say, this was NOT some of the best poutine in my life. The fries were thin and crunchy, the cheese curds were cold and most of the jerk gravy ended up at the bottom of the box. Plus, what the funk is up with that white sauce!?
But man, that jerk duck definitely didn’t suck! Good texture, nice chew and just a little bit of a kick. I could put this on a flip-flop, and it would still taste good!
Well it’s hotter than hell outside right now, 100 in the shade with the sun beating down…so you know I’m heading to Adelaide Eats to chow down on some funky fresh street food, son! The downtown open-air market has added a few new vendors for July, and I’m fixin’ for a mix of Indian and Mexican, hermano!
Now, Kathi Roll Express is serving up some traditional Indian street eats, like chicken tikka, peri peri and lamb curry, but when you put it in a burrito, that’s kickin’ it up a notch! And these aren’t any mini-burritos, either–this would probably be at least a Large at Mucho Burrito, bro!
OK, now let’s break it down. You’ve got a nice, creamy butter chicken, with quite a bit of a kick, on top of yellow rice, chickpeas, and just a couple onions and peppers for some added flavour. The chicken is kickin’ it old school, and the tortilla is just warm enough to serve as a righteous vessel for all this other stuff! This dish is so far outta bounds that it shot out an old TV in a Chris Janson video, bro!
Like I said, this chicken was pretty strong, so you know I needed something fruity to wash it down! And like any good burrito joint, they were serving some Jarritos, but for the same price you could get this real-deal Indian classic–the mango lassi. This mango yogurt smoothie hit the spot even better than Coke in a cup! Brother, they can hook you up!!!
So last summer, I spent a buncha time over at Front Street Foods, this pop-up street food market at York and Adelaide. Now they’re back till the end of July, which a much better name: Adelaide Eats, son! (I would put that on a t-shirt!) A lot of the familiar cast of characters has returned–you’ve got Tacos 101, you’ve got Wahlburgers, you’ve even got a pop-up Momofuku stand–but there’s a couple new faces as well, like this funky little place called District 28.
This local Leslieville joint is serving up bowls and sammies, but at Adelaide Eats, they’ve got this off-menu delicacy…say hello to my little friend buttermilk fried chicken!!!!
Now, you may be wondering how it got to be so red. Turns out they’ve got this tangy Tahitian treat BBQ sauce that they smother it in. And then they douse it with chipotle maple aioli, and throw down a crunchy dill pickle mango slaw on top. Dude, it’s like a Culinary Summerslam in Flavourtown, son! Did I mention it’s all on a brioche bun??? Boomshakalaka!