There’s a new(ish) menu for current 1000 Trades residents, Salt and Earth. It’s called Sexy Fried Chicken – and it’s pure joy.
This latest menu reinvention comes after a successful long-term residency for Niki Astley and Georgia Radenschi (formerly of Two Cats Kitchen) and includes more small plates to enjoy. The difference this time is the theme: fried chicken.
Available every day but Sunday, the new menu additions sit with some of the popular dishes from the last menu. For me and my pal Emma it was all about the fried chicken though, with arguably too much choice and not enough space in my mouth. Chicken comes two ways: bao buns and fried Japanese-style.
The fried chicken with scotch bonnet sauce (£8) has a tangy hit of sweet and sour spice. Korean red pepper sauce (£8) is the perfect winter warmer bar snack, with an excellent crunch from the batter and a lip licking hum of heat. Nothing overpowering, just a warm and slightly smokey flavour that sets your tastebud dials to tingle. Both are a near on a perfect 10 as far as fried chicken goes, with plenty of juicy thigh meat below the batter. Other variations include soy, honey and lemon.
Next up, two bao buns (£8) generously packed with fried chicken and a handful of extras. The buns themselves were a bit flatter than I’d hoped – I prefer mine fluffier. The moisture for this dish comes from a miso mayo that packs an umami punch, providing texture with the soft bun base alongside crunchy mooli pickles and hispi cabbage. It’s all the flavours and textures you could want, with no pretension whatsoever. There’s a tofu version if that’s your bag – it certainly isn’t mine when the chicken is this good.
A long term pop up that’s got so much to offer, whether you want bar snacks or a full blown meal. Get in and get your chicken fix while you can – it’s due to continue until the end of February at least.
1000 Trades, 16 Fredrick Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B1 3HE
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