• Bowl of laksa (Billie Justice Thomson)Source: Billie Justice Thomson
We've got the recipes for Top End street eats that'll bring the flavour of Darwin to your kitchen.
22 May 2020 - 4:21 PM  UPDATED 11 Jun 2020 - 5:30 PM

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Jimmy Shu has been busy on our screens, touring the Northern Territory enjoying all kinds of street foods in Taste of the Territory. Luckily that doesn't mean you have to miss out at home. Here are six Jimmy-certified Top End street eats to test out on a weekend.

1. Rendang roti wrap

Darwin-based Malaysian chef Samiah Latiff invented these roti wrap to sell at the Nightcliff markets in Darwin. This recipe is a contemporary twist on a traditional dish taught to Samiah by her mother.


2. Aloo Bonda

These potato fritters coated in chickpea flour batter are a popular Indian street snack - here's Jimmy Shu's lux version with chopped cashews and sweet raisins.


3. Laksa!

It's no certified Darwin laksa (you try asking someone for that secret recipe) but we've got this great recipe by Aryan Mansor who uses store-bought laksa paste and bulks it well with prawn stock and aromatics for a just as good shortcut. If you can get your hands on some crocodile meet go full NT with Adam Liaw's crocodile and prawn laksa.

Bowl of laksa


4. Amye's hot and spicy charcoal chicken

Amye Un is known around town for the Indonesian fare dished up at her restaurant, Warung Ibu Amye, as well as her colourful personality. Make sure to follow her instructions and "touch the chicken like you touch your wife or your girlfriend" when rubbing in the marinade.


5. Sri Lankan jackfruit curry

Conditions in part of the NT are not dissimilar to those in South East Asia where jackfruit, the world's largest tree-born fruit is grown in abundance. Picked early before its sugars develop the flesh is neutral and makes a great vessel for soaking up sauces like Karunika Pemarathne's Sri Lankan coconut curry.

Young jackfruit curry


6. Muy's Cambodian green mango salad

Green papaya salad is a staple at almost any Northern Territory market, but local producer and vendor Muy Keave wants people to learn about the beauties of the green mango which also offers a pleasant resistant chew.

Muy’s Cambodia green mango salad

Laksa illustration lead image by Australian artist Billie Justice ThomsonClick here for your chance to win the laksa graphic printed on a cotton tote bag.

Want more Top End treats? Catch Jimmy Shu's Taste of the Territory, on SBS Food or stream it On Demand.

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