A new season calls for a new street food menu, and here at the Melting Pot HQ we've been busily working away, crafting some sizzling global soul food combinations to tempt you all out this winter.
Cassava, tapioca, manioc, arrowroot; it's all about yuca! Whatever you call it, cassava is a starchy tuber eaten as a staple all over the tropics, from Asia to the Caribbean. Did you know that the traditional English favourites, tapioca and semolina are also derived from the cassava plant? What better ingredient to use as one of the bases for our new street food menu! This amazing root can be prepared in so many ways. We've gone for good-old-fashioned triple cooked British chips because even with an international menu you've got to represent, right? But cassava chips alone won't do - if that doesn't take your fancy, we've also got Deep South dirty rice or both for the particularly hungry soul. Like cassava, rice is eaten all across the tropics and beyond. From risotto to jollof, we challenge you to find a region of the world that doesn't eat rice.
Cassava chips, rice, or both? We're pairing these two comfort food staples with three flavour-packed soul food combos inspired by our world travels! Allow us to introduce you to these handsome fellows:
Carné for the carnivore! The Cuban is a celebration of Latin-Caribbean flavours. Sumptuous pulled beef brisket, slow braised with green peppers and spices, served with pico de gallo, black bean bullets & creamy mojo verdé sauce - dios mio!
Kalua smoked tofu cubes with poké pickles, sesame slaw & purple ubé sauce. Don't be fooled by the lack of meat; this is tofu with an attitude: Beechwood smoked and glazed in a sweet and tangy Kalua BBQ sauce, the hearty Hawaiian is the perfect guilt-free tastebud tickler!
This one's for all the spice lovers! Tender and succulent, outdoor-reared chicken thigh in a rich and punchy West African groundnut stew. Topped with crispy fried okra, pickled red cabbage and ata din din chutney, the Naija is a great way to bring some warmth to those cold winter days.
This menu will be coming very soon to a market near you, subscribe and keep updated to find out when you can get stuck into one of these bad boys!
-- Ayden & Jasmine xx