Although most cities of the world have street food stalls in addition to other food options such as restaurants and cafes, London’s street food stalls have a charm of their own which you can only experience by visiting them and tasting their food. There are hundreds of them spread all over the city but only ten of them are being mentioned below.
Yu Kyu at Kerb: Japanese food at Wagamama is considered to be very tasty with the most popular and delicious dish being chicken katsu curry. Taking a cue from this, Japanese food van Yu Kyu is offering crunchy panko-crumbed chicken breast and fragrant katsu curry sauce filled in a burger bun that produces a fantastic taste. They also offer tasty sweet potato fries. Their Curry Katsu Sandwich is utterly delicious.
Luardos at Kerb, Whitecross Street and Brockley Market: If you love to eat burritos, this street food stall offers a big, fat burrito stuffed with flavour. The chicken burrito is poached in garlic and bay, the pork slow-cooked with fennel and orange – and traditional pico de gallo, smooth guacamole, crunchy lettuce and Monterey Jack. With all these ingredients, it produces a fantastic food fiesta that you will thoroughly enjoy. Their best offering is Chipotle brisket burrito.
Mission Mariscos at the Schoolyard on Saturdays: If you wish to taste fish tacos that have been made by battering fleshy morsels of fish and laying onto authentic Baja-style soft shell tacos, with a lively mango salsa, shavings or white cabbage and pico de galio, you should visit this street food stall. You can use one of a selection of garnishes that are available along with lime wedges. You can also try some prawn or scallop tacos or deep-fried corn on the cob coated in parmesan and chilli. Their fish taco is absolutely delicious.
Butchies at Broadway Market: Another fried-chicken joint, it is also adept at piling up the toppings on its crispy, juicy poultry. The buns offered by them have additions such as kimchi, chicken crackling and garlic- and lemon-flavoured Thai basil sauce. You just cannot miss their Rust Cohle which is smoked streaky bacon, chicken crackling, cheese and homemade barbecue sauce.
BBQ Dreamz at Kerb street food markets and Broadway Market School Yard on Saturdays: This food stall is reputed to be a Filipino barbecue connoisseur that serves signature skewers that are cooked to taste and served with a spicy cane vinegar. Their menu also includes these succulent morsels, along with the lechon kawali (deep-fried pork belly) and lumpia (prawn, squid and ginger spring rolls with banana ketchup). Lemongrass ox heart skewers are their speciality.
If you are visiting London and would like to visit a few of these street food stalls, the ideal thing will be to stay at the Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch as you would be close to most of them and also other attractions of the city while being able to enjoy comfortable, luxurious accommodation.
Hot Mess at Rupert Street Market on Fridays: This street food stall serves delicious food which is as famous as its name. The classic Canadian dish poutine is prepared by topping crispy hand-cut chips with squishy, creamy blobs of cheese curds and then drenching in gravy made from veal or mushroom stock. This is one of the best dishes prepared with chips, cheese and gravy. Their small poutine is worth a try.
Deeney’s at St Katherine Docks on Fridays, at Broadway Market on Saturdays and Chatsworth Road on Sundays: The Scottish street food was not very great up until 2012 as all that you could get was a soggy sporran, limited to deep-fried Mars bars and a tin of Irn-Bru. The haggis toasty followed but the present favourite is the Macbeth that is prepared by melting cheddar with hot haggis and offsetting the rich, oaty morsels with sharp caramelised onions, tangy mustard and peppery rocket. People who are wary of haggis would change their opinion after tasting one of the Macbeths between granary bread. A mean veggie version of the Lady Macbeth is also available.
Kappacasein at Borough Market, Thursday-Saturday: Even cheese toasties can taste very good as is proved by the queues outside this food stall in Borough Market. The cheese toasties are made by using three cheeses which are Ogleshield, Montgomery Cheddar and Comte. These are added to a combination of leeks and onions and melted until bubbling between two crisp slices of sourdough bread. They also offer a raclette and if you want something better, you can try the toasted sandwich, which is indeed very good.
The Bowler at Kerb, Brockley Market: They serve balls which are massive, meaty and saucy. The balls are put on a relevant carbohydrate and garnished with ingredients that are not likely to make it tasty but they actually do so. A classic option is to choose a pasta/tomato combination but a wilder option would be better. One of their best offering is Thai chicken ball with coconut curry sauce, chilly jam and steamed rice.
Moen’s Hog Roast at Venn Street Market on Saturdays: The posh butcher and delicatessen in Clapham, M. Moen & Sons, offers a popular hog roast on Saturdays in the nearby food market. Mostly, there is a queue at this stall especially when the weather is good and hundreds of portions are sold by them. At the stall, they load a Portuguese-style water roll with wild rocket, own-made apple sauce and herby roast pork that is carved then and there. There are plenty of food stalls at this market but Moen’s big beast is exceptionally good. The roast pork in a roll is its best dish.
Fergus Brandon is a travel writer by profession and nomad by choice. He was born in Cambridge and completed his masters (International Tourism Management ) from London School of Commerce. He is working as the travel Editor for TheMontcalm hotels group.