Tampopo Vegan Street Food

Tampopo restaurant, vegan, Manchester

Earlier this week, I went along to the Vegan Street Food VIP Tasting Night at Tampopo restaurant in The Corn Exchange, Manchester. I had heard brilliant things about this place from friends so I was keen to test out their food for myself. Tampopo is an authentic Pan Asian restaurant with flavours from all over this area of the world, stretching from India to Indonesia. After five months travelling around South East Asia during the summer of 2014 myself, I love indulging in this cuisine.

The restaurant was showcasing the work of Jackie Kearney who is both a Master chef 2011 finalist AND a British street food award 2012 finalist, and owner of The Hungry Gecko. We were to taste recipes from her new book ‘Vegan Street Food’. Both ‘street food’ and ‘vegan food’ are quite trendy concepts at the moment but never have I tried these together.

Welcomed to a Lychee cocktail we sat down in this cosy and very warm and welcoming restaurant. The place had a friendly buzz to it and the brightly coloured decor subtly hinted at the Pan Asian nature of the restaurant. Firstly we were presented with a palette cleanser style nibble before being served an assortment of different canapé style dishes from Jackie’s menu. I absolutely loved the rice ball that you can see below (I am sure there is a more elegant word to describe this than ‘Rice Ball’). It had a strong and deliciously fragrant coconut taste so I can only assume it was made using coconut milk – a common ingredient in Pan Asian food. It was very yummy.

Not only was the food beautifully presented but each dish we tasted had a distinct and potent flavour to it. If anyone ever needed an argument against vegan food being bland, this really would be it. I didn’t expect the dishes to contain so many flavours and textures. If I hadn’t had known that the evening was based purely on vegan food there is no way I would have guessed.


Tampopo restaurant, vegan, Manchester

Tampopo restaurant, vegan, Manchester

Tampopo restaurant, vegan, Manchester

Tampopo restaurant, vegan, Manchester

Tampopo restaurant, vegan, Manchester

Tampopo restaurant, vegan, Manchester


  1. 29th January 2016 / 8:54 am

    this is SO up my street. there’s definitely so many exciting vegan foods out there than people don’t realise, love the sound of the street food selection x

  2. 29th January 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Hailing from South East Asia myself, I’ve always found it rather interesting how people from the West regard Pan Asian food. Do you have posts from your travel last year, by the way? I’d be interested if you do. Anyway, the food looks fantastic, and the fact that it’s vegan is amazing!

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    • Sarah
      31st January 2016 / 1:16 pm

      Oh nice, where a bouts in South East Asia? The food really was amazing. I don’t actually have any of those travel posts up yet, i am hoping yo get more of them written this year though so watch this space 🙂 xxx

  3. 31st January 2016 / 3:09 pm

    I am desperately trying to convert to being a vegan and my biggest worry was meals out so this sounds absolutely incredible, thanks for sharing xxx

    • Sarah
      31st January 2016 / 5:01 pm

      I tried eating vegans s much as I could for lent last year and was most worried about eating out. It turns out though that there are more places than you would think that cater for Vegans! xxx

  4. 1st February 2016 / 4:13 am

    Yum! Vegan street food sounds like an absolute delight. Everything looks so decadent & it’s wonderful to see everything you can make. :]

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    • Sarah
      1st February 2016 / 6:17 pm

      I know isn’t it great!! xxx

  5. 5th February 2016 / 10:26 am

    That sounds amazing! I’m a vegan and find it so hard to find restaurants that cater for me, I’ll have to give this place a go

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