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Soho Road street bites get a dash of Bollywood flavour

Soho Road Naan Kebab

800 Smithe (Smithe and Howe)

Rating. 4/5

Price range. $

Licensed. No

Business Lunch. No

Lunch with co-workers. Yes

Social lunch. Yes

Quick solo lunch. Yes

You’ll notice 12 new food carts popping up around Vancouver this month — and to say the scene has diversified (and improved) is an understatement. We’ve got El Salvadorian (Guanaco Truck), Thai (Rimfoodbaht) and exciting Indian options from Soho Road.

Sarb Mund, owner of the Soho Road brand, is soon launching two concepts: Soho Road Tiffin Truck, from which he’ll serve meat and veggie dishes in reusable, steel tiffin boxes, and Chawalla — a breakfast cart serving Indian teas and parathas from 7 a.m.

For now, head to the downtown law courts and listen for Bollywood music — here you’ll find Mund assembling kebabs as quickly as he can.

The most authentic item, he tells me, is the Vegetable Sabji.

Deliciously fragrant stewed vegetables and tender chicken peeked out from the charred naan, which is cooked in the cart’s own tandoor. Sprinkled with fresh cucumber salad, every inch of my mouth tingled with intense flavour.

Of all the street food out there, this is one of the must-tries.

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