Craving a quality bahn mi sandwich (when you want it, you want it), we reached out to our friends over at SideStory – the collective of creative movers and shakers in London who arrange personal tours and unique experiences (a walking workshop with a novelist, an afternoon with a high-end personal shopper, coffee tastings with a magazine editor, for example). Satiating our sandwich urges, SideStory introduced us to this street food hotlist, compiled by their resident food insider, TV chef and cookbook author Celia Brooks.
Read on for Celia’s recommendations, or consider tagging along with the seasoned chef in person. You can check out all the delicious details by clicking on her link above.
‘I recommend stopping by here over the weekend. It’s not on your typical trendy street food route, but it’s such a wonderful experience to behold – it’s like being transported to India for the day. There’s lots of traditional Indian street food, including the best gol gappa and pani puri – crisp round pillows filled with chickpeas, potatoes, onions and spicy tamarind sauce.’
‘You need to head over here at lunchtime on weekdays. My partner works near here so I leap at the rare chance to meet him there for a midday bite. I love Luardo’s Mexican food and Chao bahn mi – I always go for the tofu one. My man loves the duck confit from the Frenchie.’
‘I spend a lot of time here. The hot food section is in the Green Market and is open Mondays to Saturdays, but you should avoid Saturdays as it’s too busy. My absolute favourite stop is Ethiopian Flavours – I often get a large serving of w’at and injera and take it home for dinner – there’s plenty to share and it reheats brilliantly. Also, the kranom krok (baby coconut custard pancakes) from a Thai stall by the same name is galactically delicious.’
URBAN FOOD FEST SHOREDITCH
‘This fest was founded by an adorable couple – a lawyer and investment banker who wanted to pursue their foodie dream on the weekends. It’s an enclosed space with loads of stalls and a great vibe. I love the vegan Italian in a double-decker bus!’
‘It’s best on Sundays. This is my local market, and I’d say it’s worth a trip up Tottenham way for the awesome Mauritian food from House of Dodo, curry in a fresh paratha from Kolkati, or fresh skin-on chips with spicy sauce. Then, take a walk along the beautiful nearby Lea Valley Nature Reserve (London’s largest park) to burn it off.’
Featured image is the Urban Food Fest Shoreditch