ChamCham West African street food has appeared in Cardiff in a number of different formats over the last couple of years. But, I’ve never managed to catch up with them.
In late 2018 they briefly ran the unit on Dumball’s Road which is now occupied by the Caribbean Way.
They’ve also popped up at Llanrumney Hall and Street Food Circus.
Now, during lockdown they’ve started delivering across Cardiff, Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan. So, they can finally come to me instead of me going to them.
Deliveries take place Wednesday to Saturday with a minimum order of £12 and delivery charges starting at £2.50 (it was £5 to Penylan). Mrs G and I ordered a good cross-section of the menu, which turned out to be just the right amount of food for two greedy people. Our food arrived bang on time and piping hot.
Golden salt fish bites (£4.50) were crisp, soft textured and well-seasoned with the headline ingredient and mixed peppers.
Goat curry (£7.95) contained a good quantity of tender bone-in meat in a thick well-spiced meaty gravy.
Fish spinach stew (£6.95) was dotted with big hunks of fish in another thick gravy flecked with a fine dice of sweet onion and iron-rich spinach.
The standout dish of the evening for me was kelewele (£4.50), a plantain stew laden with pieces of the caramelised sweet-savoury fruit. I could have eaten it by the bowlful.
A couple of pots of Nanu’s pepper sauce (£2) brought fresh, sweet medium-chilli heat to the meal.
Lastly distinct-grained jollof rice (£5.50) was elevated by the aroma of interesting savoury spice.
Yes, the dishes were a bit on the greasy side. But, with its menu of spice-packed stews, curries, chargrilled meat and fried stuff, ChamCham’s food is just the kind of rib sticking stuff I want to eat on a dreary Autumnal evening.
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