Street food dates for the diary
Today I have a few pieces of news to share.
The first is that I am keen to point out some new street food events for your diaries. The second is that I am keen to get more writers involved in LSF to keep up with demand. I’ll be posting about that later on so stay tuned if you’re interested. In the meantime, here is where to get eating:
Ha, got you there. Who eats that? Well actually a version of this – known as kimchi – is a Korean national dish and it’s becoming rather popular over here. So popular in fact that street food duo Danny O’Sullivan and Sarah Hogg behind Kimchi Cult (my post herehere) has gone from selling kimchi burgers to a pop-up in Camden.
So for kimchi burgers, dalk galbi burgers (marinated chicken thigh + cabbage), and bulgogi fries (fries topped with marinated steak, toasted sesame seeds and spring onions) go to The Black Heart pub, 2-3 Greenland Place, NW1, 5-10pm Wed/Thurs/Fri or 12pm-10pm Sat/Sun until Feb 16.
3. FORAGED FOOD
In Deptford there lives a man called Mike who is an excellent chef. He used to work at Moro restaurant in Exmouth Market and now runs a street food venture called Mike & Ollie (there used to be two of them…long story) where he makes home made wraps and fills them with food he has found growing in different parts of the country. Nearly all of it is delicious and his passion for cooking it is infectious. For the last few months he has also been running a private supper club and, following sold out events, has recently added some February dates to the calendar.
To put your name down for one or all of them, visit his website. My advice, having been to one last year, is to get in there early.
With an Austrian accent, you’d pronounce it shpeck and it now has a whole van dedicated to it. I have written before about markets where you can find The Speck Mobile run by Marco Reiner and Franz Schinagl but not about their restaurant outpost.
So for chicken schnitzel salad, sauerkraut, beef goulash and of course speck go to Bodo Schloss (they have put the menu together here), 2 Kensington High Street, W8
5. SPICED BURGER WRAPS
Also doing a residency at Camden’s Black Heart pub is Alec Owen, founder of his banging Bhangra Burger street food business. To try out his wares which include a marinated lamb madras wrap (The Royal Raj rump), a spiced coley fillet steak with tamarind (The Mighty Masala Fish) or the chala masala curry (Veggie Chana Masala) with masala fries, head down there from February 22 until the end of March on Thurs/Fri/Sat evenings. Also keep your eyes on his Twitter feed for news on a weekly Bhangra Burger supper club in London Bridge. Dates to be confirmed.
Now I haven’t tried these (pictured above) and neither their maker nor I were sure if they counted as street food since they weren’t actually sold out on the street but since the sandwiches, butties, wraps and baps on this blog The Butty look like some of the best in town, I thought it might be worth mentioning. The blog’s founder James Porteous has made friends with The Brew Dog pub in Camden and is hosting his first pop-up.
So if you like your chicken thighs rubbed in fiery jerk seasoning (The Jerk), you want nothing more than an American deli classic (The Reuben), or you fancy chucking back some fresh mackerel, honey, dried chilli and fennel seeds (The Fin) then get down to The Day of The Butty, from 7pm on February 28 at Brew Dog, 113 Bayham Street, NW1 (£25 tickets incl. sandwich and beer tasting)
7. MANLY MUSSELS
If you have been to a street food market and seen men in berets and striped t-shirts dancing about, it will have been the Mussel Men. Having just popped up in Hackney, they are going west next to serve up moules frites, oysters and desserts for Valentine’s day and you can also play ping pong, thumb wars and sign up for free t-shirts. February 15-17 at The Doodle Bar, 33 Parkgate Road, SW11 (tickets cost £50 for two including apperitifs, 3-course meals, and bottle of Prosecco)
8. NEW MARKETS AHOY
The Red Market returns to Shoreditch (Wed-Fri, 1-3 Rivington Street, EC2A) with #EatMeUp and Burger Bear Tom plus friends including pasta experts Pasta e Basta (who also have a sold out supper club), seriously good Austrian sandwich man Mark and his Fleischmob, and others (more info here). Meanwhile Kerb food market has launched another City spot, making four in total (King’s Cross daily, Gherkin on Thursdays, City Point on Fridays, UCLU monthly. Info here.) Finally, Borough Market has reopened with the refurbished Three Crowns Square. Find it at 8 Southwark Street, SE1).