One of our favourite things about travelling around Asia is all the delicious street food you can enjoy while being on the road. The Love Street Food team recently spent a month visiting and eating our way through the delectable street food of Japan. It was an incredible culinary experience. We have put together our take on some of the best Asian Inspired kai in Auckland, from food trucks to street food eateries.
Let's start with some awesome street food restaurants across Auckland
We love this place. Having spent a month in Japan recently we were craving the cuisine and this made us so happy. The talented team use the best ingredients, free range meats, make their own sauces and cook from the heart. From food truck to one of the best Japanese street food places around. You must try their Chicken Karage with the Okazu set in the photo (centre). Huge portions and plate licking good. Support this family run restaurant AMEN.
Photos: PEKO PEKO NZ
SATAY NOODLE HOUSE - PAPAKURA
This Papakura gem has developed a cult following and let us tell you why. The founders of the restaurant escaped the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia many years ago and arrived in New Zealand with very little but their desire for a better life for their family. Bun Leng's (photo below) is the youngest son and now runs this popular Cambodian street food eatery. The food took us back to our travels in South East Asia many years ago. We particularly enjoyed 'Mum's Cambodian Curry'. The chicken satay was also delicious.
Photos: SATAY NOODLE HOUSE
SUNNY TOWN - AUCKLAND CBD
Nestled in the heart of the foodie strip on Lorne Street is the Sunnytown Restaurant. Fresh dumplings and epic buns made in front of you. If that's not your thing the noodles are crafted in-house and the dishes are epic. We had the pork rib soup and the vegetarian sweet and spicy soup. It was certainly spicy🌶️ Modern stylish fit out and quick service. Well done to the guys behind this for bringing this excellent Chinese Street Food to Auckland. Loved it❤️
Photos: SUNNY TOWN
Kati Grill make delicious Indian Kati rolls, as well as offering a variety of authentic, mouth-watering Indian dishes.You can visit their K Road restaurant for a tasty lunch or dinner suitable for vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters alike. It is a healthier take on Indian food, although you can add some Masala spiced crinkle cut fries as an indulgent side of you are in the mood.
Photo: Kati Grill
DID YOU SAY FOOD TRUCKS?
NOM NOM - VIETNAMESE RICE BOWLS
A couple of year's ago Chef Andrew set off on his food truck journey with a desire to bring Vietnamese Street Food to Auckland. What started off as delicious Banh Mi baguettes has since transformed into incredible Vietnamese inspired rice bowls all topped with homemade pickles. The most popular dishes are the lemongrass fried chicken and a sticky pork belly that just melts in the mouth. If you were sitting on the fence like many on that thing called 'tofu' - you should try their sesame tofu rice bowl. Unless your tofu is as good as this, I do not want to know.
Photos: NOM NOM
Chef Aldrin has brought the flavours from his home country of the Philippines and delivers flavour packed bowls that you will love. Our favourite is the Adobo Del Diablo below. Chicken thighs marinated in turmeric, bay leaves, peppercorns in a creamy sauce with coconut rice and Filipino slaw.
Owners Aldrin and Laura have created a huge following across Auckland and earlier in the year were featured in Lonely Planet's new book ' Around the world in 80 food trucks' - an incredible achievement after just one year of trading. You probably do not need me to tell you that you should book them for your next event. 11/10
Akemi and team make authentic Japanese dumplings in 3 flavours all served with ponzu sauce & chili oil. The gyoza masters want people to discover just how delicious real Japanese dumplings are. And, we can happily confirm that they are little colourful parcels of deliciousness.
Akemi's Gyoza can also supply you with frozen dumplings to take home. The LSF team suggest that for emergency situations you all maintain a stock of candles, water and a batch of their gyoza in your freezer.
Photo: AKEMI'S GYOZA
The Rolling Pin are one of the most popular street food vendors in Auckland. For several years Chef Godon Kong and team have been delivering stunning hand crafted dumplings and bao buns at street food events across Auckland. Yes, the food tastes as good as it looks in the photos. The Rolling Pin are a popular choice for weddings and corporate events. Now with a retail shop in Pakenham Street, Auckland CBD.
Photo: THE ROLLING PIN
You seriously need to try the authentic Japanese Ramen from the talented team Miso-Ra. Specially trained in Japan and with over 10 years' experience, Chef Taku Hida brings his premium quality ramen to New Zealand
Photo: MISO RA
Marc and the Manilla Eats team are serving Filipino food with a twist. Eye catching burger buns with natural colourings, grilled meats and other Filipino delights from their little food truck.
Photo: MANILA EATS