Street food has come to a Huddersfield shopping centre.

The new Street Food Corner at the Packhorse Kitchen, the upstairs food court at the Packhorse Centre, is something more likely to be found in trendy big cities rather than downtown Huddersfield.

But the food being served up is going down a storm with town centre workers, shoppers and students.

And from next week – to coincide with the European Championships – fans will be able to eat, drink and be merry while watching football on the big screen.

Street Food Corner is similar to the Trinity Kitchen at the Trinity Centre in Leeds where pop-up food vendors are offered space for a limited time only.

Packhorse traders will change every three months but there are four in there now offering Malaysian, French, Caribbean and West African food.

Mum-of-two Valerie Kolat runs Dapur Malaysia, which translates as Malaysia Kitchen, selling spicy foods and curry while French husband and wife team Xavier and Caroline Bouchard serve up sweet or savoury French crepes as La Petite Bretonne.

Huddersfield-born Simon Brown, who runs Jerk Hut in Longroyd Bridge, has brought his Jamaican food – such as curried goat – to the Packhorse alongside Aissa Toure’s West African fare at Delice D’Ivoire.

Xavier, 33, who met Caroline, 35, when they were both studying at the University of Huddersfield, are veterans of the street food circuit having been at Trinity Kitchen and at the likes of Huddersfield and Holmfirth food festivals.

He sees the Packhorse as packed with potential and said: “It’s Huddersfield’s best kept secret but we want to shout about what we do.

“We’re pretty busy already but we know there are more people out there who would come here if they knew about us.”

Food court at Pack Horse Centre, Huddersfield - Aissa and Amy Toure of Delice D'Ivoire.

Valerie, 42, of Newsome, was born in Kuala Lumpur and has brought the authentic tastes of her mum’s kitchen to Huddersfield and is a regular at the monthly Upmarket in town. “It’s great working here together,” she said. “We are all passionate about what we do.”

Simon, 44, who started out serving chicken wings at The Junction pub in Marsh, loves the street food atmosphere and believes the vendors can feed off eachother’s success.

“We don’t compete, we work together,” he said. “If people try food from one stall they will try from another.”

Aissa, 40, of Brighouse, is also a regular on the festival scene and said: “People love my food but don’t know where to find me. They do now!”

The food court at the Packhorse has more traditional fast food outlets and Street Food Corner – which includes open plan seating – has been taken on by food retail business Millcliff Ltd which has the Packhorse Burger King franchise.

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Company spokesman Lamen Reddy said the aim was to have a maximum of five vendors at any one time and added: “We only opened in February and we’re still a work in progress.”

Street Food Corner is open Monday to Saturday (10am-6pm) but from next Thursday it will stay open until 10pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for the Euros.

There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday from 6pm-10pm with two-for-one drinks, food tasting and live music. Everyone is welcome.

Examiner reporter Martin Shaw recommends:

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  • Beef Rendang, stewing steak seasoned with spices, £6.95 from Dapur Malaysia. Verdict: Tender steak with a great chilli kick.

  • L’Espagnol, savoury crepe filled with chorizo, French brie, fresh spinach and chilli oil, £3.95 or £5 with any hot drink, from La Petite Bretonne. Verdict: Like being on holiday. Great summer lunch.

  • Curried goat with rice and peas, £5.50 (medium) from Jerk Hut. Verdict: Real deep flavour.

  • Joloff Rice with a fish filling, £6 from Delice D’Ivoire. Verdict: A must try. Delicious.

  • Choco-Love, a sweet crepe wrapped in the shape of a bouquet and bursting with strawberries and chocolate topped with cream. £3.50 from La Petite Bretonne. Verdict: Chocolate lovers’ heaven.

  • Wild hibiscus flower slush, all natural and made with hibicus, pineapple and mint, £2.50 (small) from Delice D’Ivoire. Verdict: Super cool and refreshing.