London street food news: Acklam Village market, a Polish lunch and Busan BBQ


While I’m living in west London, I thought I’d make the most of one of its best street food markets, one which really comes alive when the sun shines out.

On the last hot weekend, a friend and I trundled over towards Acklam Village Market, W10 (situated at the end of the busy Portobello Road Market every weekend) to check out the new blood.

My old London street food favourites, Venezuelan Guasacaca London were there, so we ordered those little spongey cornmeal pillowcases, mine stuffed with slow cooked beef (this is cooked in a mixture of its own juices, onions, garlic and peppers for an hour per kilo of meat), cheese and hot avocado and lime sauce, and my friend’s with chicken (slow cooked in garlic, onions, peppers, chopped tomatoes, salt “and love”). We paired it with two bottles of Camden Town Brewery beer and were all set.

Nearby, undercover, people ordered beer from the bar and sat in front of a stage listening to live music. Outside were a mixture of picnic benches, tall wooden tables for standing at, and a low semi circle of seats cut low into the wall. The sun shone, the music blared, and we both had one of those London Is Wonderful moments.

Last weekend, I returned for a second helping and, in spite of the heat, landed on one of the winteriest of lunchtime picnics – a mound of new potatoes fried in dill, with a sauerkraut and sausage stew from The Polish Deli. If you live nearby, this is worth investing the £7 in because you can either share it with a friend or take the rest home with you to eat later.


The Polish Deli, founded by husband and wife Magda and Grzegorz Skielnik, also has a market stall at the Southbank’s Real Food Market, Hackney’s Broadway Market on Saturdays and every Thursday at the Covent Garden Food Market, but their main prep kitchen is situation in New Malden. Two men were serving that day, dishing out endless mighty Polish sausages in rolls. This is man food indeed.

At Chilli Chilli Bang Bang festival held at Dalston Yard (where Street Feast is now held every Friday and Saturday evening opposite Dalston Junction) I also got a chance to try out some spicy pork belly sliders from the AmeriKorean street foodies Busan BBQ. I recommend these with a touch of hot sauce. Keep an eye on their Twitter feed for markets and pop-up dinners.

Finally, I thought I’d direct you all to to For The Market, an online community for street food traders that has been set up by journalism students at City University. It covers subjects including how to navigate your way through the various councils, the legal side of things, where to find farmers markets, and links to the history of London’s Markets. Have a look here.

Meanwhile I thought I’d list some of the other London street food events coming up this summer. See the next post for details.


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  1. […] one day and you can eat street food from LSF-favourites including Anna Mae’s mac n cheese, Guasacaca Venezuelan arepas, Lick frozen yoghurt, Polish Deli and heaps of others that I’ve yet to try. There will also […]

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