Ah, London Pop-Ups. How much I love them. The street food scene in London has evolved a lot in a recent couple of years. It is now well and truly on its way to becoming phenomenal.
If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of Pop Ups in London, allow my happy belly and me to guide you. Here are some of our favourites:
Yum Bun: Steamed soft buns filled with Slow Roasted Pork Belly, Cucumber, Spring Onions, Hoi Sin sauce and of course, some Sriracha. These guys first started making an appearance at Broadway Market 3 years ago and now after winning a fair few Food Awards along the way have set up their own restaurant on Featherston St, East London. Street Food wise I am not sure if they’re still setting up shop in Broadway Market (didn’t see them the last few times I was there) but you can find them in Kerb, the Street Market in Kings Cross every now and then. Oh, and their restaurant also has a more varied menu with Beef Rendang, Portobello Mushroom, Japanese Chicken and Fish Yum Bun among others. Check out where they are and what they’re dishing out here.
|Add captionThe truly YUM bun: Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the British Street Food Awards.
Photo Credit: Time Out London
Midnight Apothecary: This is more of a Cocktail Pop Up than a food one and nothing wrong with a yummy cocktail to accompany all this good food, right? Midnight Apothecary is the brainchild of Lottie Muir AKA The Cocktail Gardener. MA has taken up residency every Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the Brunel Museum (who happen to be one of my top London secrets). The herbs for the cocktails are picked from the museum garden which has been planted by the Cocktail Gardener herself. It’s often been called one of London’s Hottest Pop Up Bars and I am not arguing that one bit.
|The Midnight Apothecary/ Brunel Museum Gardens, London. Photo Credit: The Cocktail Gardener|
Rib Man: THE Rib Man is a butcher by profession and makes a mean Rib Roll but you can also buy ’em as racks and wraps . The piggies are from Norfolk and the sauces are made by the man himself. There is the Smokey BBQ, A Hot Sauce and an extra hot sauce that you have to ask for cause it’s too dangerous to be out in the open. This sauce is called the Holy F#@! and rightly so. I’ve seen my 6ft 2in tall buddy run around like a little kid flailing his arms while yelling “I feel like I’ve eaten the sun”. It’s the diabolo of sauces and it’s awesome. You can find Rib Man at the Brick Lane Markets every Sunday.
|Rib Man at work.. these rolls sell out super quick so get there early. Photo Credit: The Rib Man|
|SO good, this slow roasted pork is brought to you by The Rib Man. Photo Credit: Kerb|
Death by Burritos: “There is no good Mexican in London” my Californian friend always complains. I don’t think she’d be saying that if she indulged in one of these babies. I tasted one of their delicious Burritos at the Street Feast in Merchant Yard early on in the summer and there was a long queue of foodies like me. The crew at the stall always works efficiently and churns out those Burritos to salivating souls faster than the speed of light. Having Indian blood running through my veins I have this innate need to test the power of chili. So when I was asked, “How hot would you like it?” , I replied “As hot as you can go”. OW.
|The Death by Burritos stall at the Street Feast, Merchant Yard, London.|
The Foragers:What an amazing concept, all the ingredients are foraged from the countryside in Hertfordshire. They call themselves a “team of hunters and gatherers” .. that’s pretty bad ass already. Their base is in St. Albans (any foodie/beer lover should head to Albs for a day of pure decadence) but they run a mobile kitchen in London and other cities. I tired their delicious Venison Sandwich at a street party in Shoreditch and each ingredient tasted so fresh… as though it was made for my hungry belly alone. They also do some divine brownies albeit a tad on the pricier side. They often team up with some others on this list, for instance, you can find them at the Midnight Apothecary sometimes. In the past, they’ve also set up short term shop at the Dead Dolls Club , another unique Cocktail Bar in Shoreditch (used to be a Pop Up too) and one that despite its modest size is done up like an opulent Victorian manor.
|A foraged smorgasbord? Yes, please. Photo Credit: The Foragers|
Bahn Mi 11: Good Vietnamese food always makes my heart go boom, boom, boom and Bahn Mi 11 manage to strikes the right chords with their tasty, wholesome and healthy dishes. They do have their restaurants but I always pay them a visit on Saturdays at the Broadway Market. Then I eat it all while sitting by the canal with my closest friends and my legs dangling over the water. Though they’re known for their traditional Banh Mis, I always tend to get the Imperial Pork BBQ Noodle Salad. It is the best dish on the menu in my opinion. The prices are super affordable and on a sunny Saturday, food at Bahn Mi is what I choose to indulge in.
|“Wholesome and Healthy” is the way things roll at Bahn Mi 11. Photo Credit: Bahn Mi|
|You’ll find the unassuming little Cha Phe Vn stall in Broadway Market|
|Detoxing with a cucumber drink while indulging in a Good Egg Brunch, London|
|This was my first “meet cute” with Mr. Shakshuka. Tried replicating the magic in my kitchen but it was nothing like this.|