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BirmingYum!

Discover our favourite places to shop for food and eat it in Birmingham.

The Food School team enjoys visiting the city's 'villages' to enjoy the culinary flavours on offer. If you start off in the city centre a trip to the indoor market is a staggering reminder of the diversity of food choices people are making in the city.

Pearce's shellfish, featured in the image above, has been trading for 150 years.

We pick up seafood and fish from some of the suppliers at the indoor market following recommendations from local restaurateurs. This is also where we find the best blood oranges (when they are in season), samphire, chanterelle mushrooms and micro-herbs. Our Malaysian and South East Asian Chef Tutors find the right width of noodle for Pad Thai (8 - 10 mm apparently).

Herbivores may be forgiven for a 'hop, skip and a jump' past the sheep uterus to explore neighbouring China town and award winning street-food at Digbeth Diner. We also use the Chinese supermarkets in and around the city centre when we shop for Asian classes. However, our Japanese Chef Tutor, Sachiko, picks up her ingredients from Seoul Plaza in Selly Oak. This is a paradise for those of you who love cooking pan-Asian cuisine.

Catch the 60s out of town or use the new cycle route to discover...

Bristol Street

Just as you leave the city you'll find a strip of shops opposite the O2 Academy. Gajin Sushi recommended by food critic Jay Rayner is highly acclaimed. The owner/founder also started out in the indoor market. Colleagues recommend the Ethiopian restaurant 'Savvanna'. If you need a coffee break after lunch, then the Quarter Horse is ideal. They roast their own beans and serve light bites.

Next stop...Moseley French bread, proper cannoli and meze and vada pav for lovers of Indian streetfood