Street Food Circus, Cardiff – review

The hot topic among Cardiff’s culinary know-it-alls at the moment is Street Food Circus, which has returned this year with its incredible array of vendors ranging from seafood satiables, banging burgers and creme brulee to die for.

Surrounding an enormous circus tent (which is usually home to the circus company, No Fit State) are more than twenty food stalls each offering top nosh and various makeshift seating and standing tables. The fun bit is wandering around to choose what you’re going to try! Most of what is on offer ranges between £4 – £8, so you need to make sure you make the right choice to avoid spending a fortune.

I took my boyfriend and mum and dad, so with four of us we adopted the tactic of each ordering something different and then sharing to try and fit in as many vendors as possible. Between us we probably tried 11 different street snacks, although I didn’t manage to snap photos of all of them due to greedy impatience from my little family taste team!

My favourite was Cardiff-based Hokkei‘s Moo Bao, which consisted of a bao bun filled with beef brisket with black beans and kimchee and Korean vegetables. Listed as the ‘flavour bomb’ in the programme, it certainly lived up to its title, and although simple it was without doubt the most moreish streetfood I sampled. The lightness of the steamed bao bun and the punchy Asian taste was unlike anything I’d ever tried before.

Closely followed by Jol’s Food Co.‘s confit duck hash with fried duck egg, cereliac remoulade, burnt orange dressing and fries, which tasted as special as it reads.

Based at the Old Stable Yard, John Street (near John Lewis, on the other side of the railway bridge) entry is free, although it’s best to get there early to avoid the one-in one-out queue. Open throughout May and June, Friday/Saturday 5pm-11pm, Sunday 2pm-10pm.

Eat of the week

  • Hokkei’s Moo Bao – £5
  • Jol’s Food Co.’s Confit duck hash with fried duck egg, cereliac remoulade, burnt orange dressing and fries – £7
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