We tried Monster Munchies at Glasgow's Barras and their epic 'hangover killing' scran

The very popular Monster Munchies at the Barras
The very popular Monster Munchies at the Barras -Credit:Angus Hyde

The Barras is undoubtedly one of Glasgow's best places to go at the weekend, being packed with traders offering everything from clothing and crafts to oddities and antiques.

The area around it is also home to some of the city's most exciting eateries including the likes of Scran, Smokey Trotters Kitchen and Ho Lee Fook.

However, it's inside the Barras itself that you'll find one hidden gem that we just had to try out.

At the heart of the indoor market space is Monster Munchies,a food spot that people regularly rave about but we still think, is perhaps deserving of a wee bit more attention.

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The now-famous Irn Bru chilli chicken bao buns
The now-famous Irn Bru chilli chicken bao buns -Credit:Angus Hyde

The brainchild of Colin Jenkinson, the popular trader has built up a loyal following thanks to his epic creations and friendly manner at his small stand next to The Hutch – also a favourite spot with those heading to the east end.

Visiting the Barras early on a Sunday with a busting head from the night before, we knew the one place that would set us right.

Where can you find Monster Munchies?

You'll find the tiny unit by looking out for the neon sign and graffiti-style Monster Munchies logo, it's usually manned by Colin with a queue out front.

Regularly firing out delicious dishes for Barra market dwellers, the popular street food spot offers thrilling Asian-inspired dishes with plenty of vegan and veggie options.

What we had

The satay chicken loaded fries
The satay chicken loaded fries -Credit:Angus Hyde

First up, we tried the now-famous Irn Bru chilli chicken bao buns (£7), which were delightful. Properly spicy with a touch of sweetness, these generously sized bao buns were ideal for killing our hangover with the added Scottish twist really bringing it all together.

Next up, we had the satay chicken loaded fries (£7), which were super moreish and packed with flavour. They were a Glaswegian's dream scran and we just couldn't get enough - think chips and curry with some added yasss factor.

Using the same fried chicken as the bao buns, these were layered onto crispy fries with veg and lots of satay sauce. Yum.

What else can you get?

Monster Munchies is known for its Taiwanese bao buns and loaded salt n chilli fries meaning there are various styles of each to enjoy including salt and chilli chicken, Hoi Sin Chicken and salt and chilli cauliflower bao, and loaded fries with katsu curry chicken and salt and chilli squid loaded fries.

And don't forget the awesome sounding Munchie Box (£7) with salt and chilli chips, chicken, and a spring roll.

What we thought

Overall, monster munchies is a proper Glasgow joint where you can expect down-to-earth, real service combined with top-quality food.

Owner Colin puts his passion on the plate every time, supporting charity as he goes, so it's no wonder he's queued out every weekend.

Don't be fooled, it's well worth the wait.

If you are looking for epic scran that won't disappoint then, as the neon sign adorning the front of the Monster Munchies kiosk states, "This Must Be The Place".

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