London street eats

London street eats

London - There is something viscerally pleasurable about feeding on a piping hot mess of drippy, full-flavoured food from paper plates while standing by the kerb.

Street food was born on these kerbsides; in caravans, food trucks and carts in cities all over the world, from New York to New Delhi.

The British capital's street food scene has witnessed an explosion of flavours in recent years, as weekend markets spring from every neighbourhood.

Independent traders sell everything from homemade chutneys to artisanal breads to hand-cured ham.

Along with traditional traders hawking down-home, back-to-basics grub like falafel wraps, hotdogs and paella, a clutch of young, new-generation hawkers are infusing the scene with innovative, exciting tastes.

Fearless, experimental and social mediasavvy, these new-age entrepreneurs are redefining street food with their hip fusion fare that hungry Londoners are getting in line for.

Here are some to watch out for.


These pizzas are as British as can be, and there is a Land Rover to prove it.

Hearty wood-fired, oven-baked flatbread may be a Naples invention, but Born & Raised has made it proudly English, by disguising it with toppings and ingredients that bear the stamp of the Union Jack.

Forget four cheeses, marinara or prosciutto.

The toppings here are in the range of Duroc pork shoulder with caramelised apple sauce, sage and watercress; braised beef brisket with horseradish cream and watercress; and goat's cheese with caramelised red onions on a beetroot-infused dough (5.50 pounds to 6.50 pounds, or S$11 to S$13).

They knead and stretch their own dough, which then gets fired up in an oven built into a Land Rover Defender.

The result: The bee's knees, as you might say.

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