Devi’s pav bhaji naan ‘pizza’ – and an ode to competitive London street food eating

A shopper at Ropewalk at Maltby Street Market (Pic: Maltby) In five years of writing this London street food blog, I’ve seen a lot of competitive eating. Sure there have been actual competitions involving people racing against each other to eat or make street food – anyone remember Ribstock or Big Apple Hot Dogs’ Blog Eat Blog topping comp? But there is another kind of combative feeding, which is more of an urgent, pig-like troughing that... Read More

London street food events this summer

The Bell & Brisket salt beef sandwich stall will be around town this summer A new adventure has begun. Last week was spent packing up the room I had been renting in west London and saying goodbye to my friend and former flatmate who is about to get married. My plan for the remainder of the summer is to try living in areas of London I haven’t yet been a resident, by renting off friends or via Air BnB for around a month at a time. So I’m... Read More

London street food: book roundup

Anyone else noticed that there are a lot of street food cook books out in the shops now? Well since I have had the pleasure of leafing through lots of them, cooking from others and gawping at the luscious pictures in all of them, I thought I’d do a little roundup which I’ll add to as more come out. The first lot relates to actual street food traders, mostly in London; the second part includes cookbooks with street food-related recipes in them. I’ve... Read More

UK music festivals: where’s the street food?

Frozen yoghurt from Daisy Green Not so long ago I wrote a piece for the Standard picking out one or two dishes that people might enjoy trying at various UK music festivals. In some cases this was easy because of the interesting selection of quality food available, but at some of the bigger, more commercial festivals, it seemed like noone appeared to care what their ticket holders would be eating all weekend and I had to work a lot harder to find... Read More

Introducing… Craig Ballinger, London’s secret street food accomplice

Craig during his time as a salt beef sandwich loader (Photo: The Gaztronome) A few months ago, a man named Craig got in touch with me to introduce himself. A freelance chef and writer, he had been working with various street food traders over the last few months, and had lots to say about them. While he wouldn’t be able to review them impartially, it did get me thinking. Now that street food in London has become, er, trendy, a lot of us read... Read More

Street food coming atcha

Kimchi Cult’s Bulgogi fries It looks like British weather might have finally got over itself. This means that there is no excuse for failure to explore the street food markets and the splattering of new pop-ups that are trundling through London. Here is our handy list to help you plan your best line of attack. RESIDENCY OF THE MONTH: Kimchi Cult at the Black Heart What: These guys have contributed to the rise of kimchi – a spicy fermented... Read More

New seller: Banhmi11

Fish banh mi On this rainy afternoon I would like to introduce something that I reckon if you think about enough, might even warm you up. This is Banhmi11, a London street food stall run by Van and Anh who I have eaten from a few times in the last year, the first being at the eat.st (now Kerb Food) and Fifteen restaurant’s 15th birthday held near Old Street held over the summer and otherwise at Hackney’s Broadway Market. If you’re in... Read More

New seller: Pizza Pilgrims

Margherita pizza If you are having a bit of an off day, I know a team of people who you can count on to cheer you up. Two brothers, James and Thom Elliot began their street food business Pizza Pilgrims around a year ago. And what a year it has been. In that time they have squeezed into a tiny van and driven around London on numerous occasions, they have probably made more dough than you could pile into the back of a small lorry, spun it into more... Read More

Some new London street food traders

  While I am loath to recycle writing material, I realised that my blog has a slightly different audience to that of the London Evening Standard (where I work during the week). Given that my primary aim with LSF has always been to simply to show people what delicious, affordable food there is to eat on the streets of London, I thought it would be OK – in case you missed it on Standard.co.uk – to highlight a piece I wrote about some of... Read More

The new eat.st market

Have you been to King’s Cross lately? Seen the line of trucks that sets up every day selling food on the Boulevard? That would be eat.st, the London street food collective co-founded by a lady named Petra Barran. Well she has decided to form KERB, beginning next Thursday, which will take things to the next level. On the eve of October 4, this little hub will become the KERB market running Monday to Fridays. But why you might ask?  Barran says... Read More

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