People across the world are hitting the streets in search of traditional and modern food dishes. Street food is quick, exciting and economical. London street food scene is a mouthwatering mix of traditional British food, dishes from across the globe and some local innovations. So, here are the 10 best dishes from London’s best street food vendors.
Fish and Chips
The undisputed king of London street food is Fish and Chips. It is the quintessential street food that you must try. Indulge in deep fry cod or haddock with twice-fried French fries topped with salt, pepper and some vinegar. Savour it with a pickle on the side along with some delicious dip. Fish Chips goes down well with some British Ale. Do look out for some new and innovative offerings of the traditional dish.
Sticking with the humble potatoes, search for Masala Fries on the streets of London. Masala Fries are French fries with an Indian twist. The fries are tossed with a wide array of spices that add lip-smacking jazz to them. They are served with sweet-and-sour tamarind chutney that perfectly complements the spicy flavours. Where to find Masala Fries in London? Bhangra Burgers at Pop Brixton. At £3, the fries are ideal for those on a budget.
From India, we travel to the Mediterranean for our next street food. Falafels are one of the best street food options for vegetarians and vegans. Even meat-eaters love the melange of aromatic spices, fresh vegetables, delicious hummus and fried falafels wrapped in a pita. You can also find fusion falafels in London that borrow flavours from Mexico, India, Italy and other countries. Meat-lovers can also look for Shawarma Wraps which contain slow-roasted beef wrapped in a pita along with vegetables and hummus.
Americans begin their mornings with donuts and a cup of coffee. And, the donuts successfully swam across the pond to become a part of Londoner’s life. As the street food scene is evolving so are the donuts. Foodies have a wide variety of donuts to choose from. From popular flavours such as glazed and chocolate to unconventional flavours like sea-salt caramel and banana creme brulee, sweet tooth are spoilt for choice. Crosstown donuts have some of the best donuts in the city. With multiple locations throughout the city, you are never too far from chocolate, raspberry, gingerbread, eggnog or even vegan donuts.
Foodies nowadays eat with their eyes as well. Bubble waffles have taken Instagram by storm. They are not just picturesque but also extremely delicious. Popular in Hong Kong, this dish has quickly become a favourite amongst Londoners. Prepared from waffle batter, a special bubble is moulded to give it its distinct shape. Foodies can pair their waffles with gelato, ice-creams and frozen yoghurt.
London’s streets are home to some healthy options as well. Poke Bowl has rapidly become one of the most popular healthy street food dish in London. Busy Londoners can opt for the poke bowl when craving something healthy, fresh and delicious. A distant cousin of the burrito bowl, this Hawaiian version of rice bowl consists of fish, vegetables and rice. However, vegetarians should fear not as they can replace the fish with grilled or fried tofu. Located at KERB, Eat Poke is quite popular among Londoners.
Mac And Cheese Pot
Street food vendors in London have the taken the king of comfort food, mac and cheese, to next level. Mac and cheese pots give full control to the foodies to customise their favourite dish. It is a foodaholic’s dream come true. People can choose homely toppings like bacon and pesto or go for more eccentric ones such as basil, brie and chipotle pepper. Mac And Cheese Pot are easy to find at various street food vendors and provide much-needed comfort on cold and rainy days.
The British food scene has a lot of Indian influence. Dosas, a staple in the south of India, is equally popular in London. Prepared with rice and lentil batter, these crispy delights can be stuffed with a wide variety of stuffings like potatoes, onions, tomato chutney, lamb and chicken to name a few. The light and crispy dosas might remind you of French crepes albeit dosas are savoury and not sweet. Horn Ok Please at Southbank Centre Food Market serves hearty dosas with a wide range of stuffings and accompaniments.
Scotch Eggs can be found in most picnic baskets in the UK. Boiled eggs are wrapped in a mouthwatering mixture of sausage, pepper and herbs like sage, thyme and parsley. The eggs are then coated with beaten eggs and breadcrumbs before being deep fried. This classic British food item is great for breakfast or as a quick bite after work. Scotch Eggs are easy to find throughout London.
If Fish and Chips is the king of British fast food then British Pies take the crown of comfort food. Many different types of pies can be found in London. Pork Pie, Lamb Shanks Pie, Gala Pie, Shepherd’s Pie and Apple Pie are some of the popular pies that decorate the British street food scene. British Pies usually pair nicely with English ale, stout, porter and Bordeaux wines. Pies can be found throughout London but the award-winning Pieminister serves some of the best pies including some vegan and vegetarian pies.