Street food vans: London Evening Standard
Hello everyone. If you got to p37 of today’s Evening Standard newspaper, please ignore this as you’ll have seen my piece in the London Life section on ten of the best of London’s street food vans. Here is a taster if not.
… It started out as a practice run — a few people dishing up great cheap food from vans at a festival or two. But when the occasional punter then became a queue, and later a heaving, hungry crowd, bookings tripled and what was once a casual community of festival-goers has now become a full-blown movable food trend in the city. Fresh from New York and San Francisco — where you can barely move for all the mobile traders — street food carts have rolled into London.
To understand why the slow simmer of street food has begun to bubble furiously, there are three things to consider. First, forget any memories you have of nocturnal trips to kebab wagons at 3am and replace them with fresh images of eating from bright pink trucks, vans covered in fake grass, or open-topped sandwich carts. Second, forget greasy meal deals, too, because London’s street food fodder has been upgraded from cheesy chips and chicken to locally sourced grub made by people passionate about getting it on a grill, then into your mouth. Now you can bite into banh-mi, burgers or barbecue boxes, you can sink your teeth into spiced wraps, meatballs and dumplings, or chow down on churros, chocolate and ice cream. Third, go online. On Twitter, blogs and Facebook, street food is sizzling…
But if you’re not in London and want a peak of the article, here’s the rest of it with listings. Thank you to everyone who helped including Richard Johnson, Petra and Giles from eat.st and of course the traders: The Meatwagon (returning this summer), The Bowler, Street Kitchen, Luardos, Big Apple Hot Dogs, Viet Van, Bhangra Burger, Lucky Chip, Pitt Cue Co (also returning this summer) and Creperie Nicolas.
Oh, and do please tell everyone to sign up to LondonStreetFoodie by email – bottom right of the page, under the tag cloud.