JerKitUK - Jamaican Street Food for the Discerning
Almost anyone who has eaten genuine Jamaican Jerk Chicken will tell you that it is a unique and unforgettable dish. It's the kind of cooking where recipes are passed down through the family, where signature dishes are created using concoctions unknown ingredients and the exact production methods are a closely guarded secret. The strength of the flavouring is not for everyone, but fans of spicy food say that once tasted, it is a combination never forgotten, loved or loathed.
Traditionally a dry rub mix applied to chicken or pork, the base ingredients in jerk seasoning are usually allspice (pimento) for flavour and scorching hot Scotch bonnet chillies for heat. Many other herbs and spices are added to the mix to create a rich and tasty coating. These days jerk flavours are not just found on chicken, though. They can be applied to just about any savoury foodstuff.
Don't believe me? Ask the guys at @jerkituk on Twitter. JerKit UK is a new Jamaican Jerk Kitchen opening soon in Cardiff. The menu includes jerk seasoned vegetables and fish as well as the more traditional meats. The new place isn't open yet but the website is live and tempting to the tastebuds. When the outlet does open, patrons will be able to feast on jerk chicken, pork, lamb, lobster, prawns, curry goat, rice and peas and dumplings, among other delicacies. There will be a snack service, and desserts for the sweet toothed. Plus the chef is planning to offer a slow jerked hog roast which will be available on request as long as two weeks' notice is given. Perfect for the works summer party...
There are also plans to sell the hot sauce and seasoning separately as well as a BBQ kit. Regulars can register via the website for a loyalty card plus weekly and monthly special offers. Should things go wrong, there is even a complaints form which is sent straight to the management. The Reviews tab, meanwhile, will do what it says and showcase customers' reviews.
The chef has been working in the food trade since the age of 14, trained in French and Italian cuisine and has gained experience as both a sous chef and head chef, so hopefully the reviews will be positive and the complaints few and far between.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken is often seen on food vans at festivals, alongside other international flavours such as falafel and paella. For the lucky foodies in Cardiff, it will soon be available year round. And without a side order of mud.
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