Foodies in Cardiff can feast on “grab-and-go” treats tomorrow at the Cardiff Street Food Christmas Market.
The market is being held in the wake of the first ever Cardiff Street Food Festival at the Mackintosh Sports and Social Club in Roath last month, which attracted hundreds of people and saw many stall holders sell out of stock.
Learning from that first event, organisers have decided to start their Christmas event earlier and invite even more traders, with a total of 12 street food vendors on offer from 3pm tomorrow.
One of those vendors will be Thaidee – a Thai noodle soup stall run by Stephen Johnson and Gwion ap Rhisiart.
The pair, who have previously worked in media and PR, had only just started their business and had never been to any events before last month’s festival, but sold out of their traditional Thai noodle soup within an hour.
Stephen, from Canton, said: “Gwion and I had been talking about [starting the business] for the best part of a year. We are big fans of street food and we have followed its growth, particularly in London.
“Gwion has a real love of South East Asian food, and has been to Thailand numerous times and taken cooking classes out there. We both love food, we both love cooking, so thought why not capitalise on what we love best to create something authentic.”
Using a traditional Thai noodle soup recipe of a stock broth, bean sprouts, deep-fried tofu, green beans and noodles, not only did Thaidee sell out of their signature dish on their first outing, they also got the ultimate seal of approval.
“Our first customers were from Thailand,” said Stephen. “And they gave us the thumbs up!”
Stephen said they would be preparing four or five times more soup for this week’s market than they did for the first event.
He said: “That brings its own challenges, but we’re really enthused by our success and the success of the festival over all.”
Other vendors at Saturday’s market include Indian street food café Chai St, gourmet burger makers Got Beef, Mr G’s Soul Kitchen and handmade pizza vendors Fired Up Feasts.
The market will be open 3pm-9pm at the Mackintosh Sports and Social Club on Keppoch Street.