I have wanted to go to Hawker House Street Feast for what seems like forever, but has actually been just a couple of months. I read about it on another blog and was immediately convinced – a market dedicated to gathering together some of London’s best street food? Get me there at once!
Somehow, it didn’t really happen like that – life got in the way, as it always does, and time went by, until suddenly I realised the last weekend of the Street Feast was rapidly approaching and I still hadn’t paid it a visit. Deciding this had to be rectified, my boyfriend and I cut drinks with our friends early on Friday and got the train to Cambridge Heath to a little foodie wonderland.
We were pretty late (read very late) as ever, so unfortunately the food had started to sell out, but we still had plenty of treats. After we'd got our drinks (which weren't actually radioactive like they look here) and stamps on our hands, we headed towards the food!
First up – Yum Bun. Slow roast pork or fried chicken in buns so soft they tasted like clouds.
We started with one of each and split them between us. The pork was good – juicy and succulent – but we both agreed that the chicken was the runaway winner. The crispiness against the softness of the bun was just so good!
Next we headed to Breddo’s tacos, which after my recent Mexican adventures I was really looking forward to. I’m glad we got there when we did, because we got the last two tacos available – the poor people behind us were sent away!
We both had steak – the one with all the chillis on was my boyfriend’s, obviously, and the tamer one was mine! They were so good – we would definitely have bought more if they hadn’t been closing down!
Because we were concerned that everything would sell out, we decided to join different queues next. Ian headed to The Bowler and picked up steak and cheddar balls in slow cooked tomato sauce.
I made it to F&G and watched as they prepared me a chorizo and haloumi Lebanese flatbread wrap.
Yep, that’s right. Chorizo AND haloumi. If that isn’t a match made in heaven, I don’t know what is!
We found somewhere to sit – as it was a bit later, it had started to empty out – and shared our little finds (aka stuffed our faces) before deciding what to get next…
It had to be Yum Bun. We went back and got another chicken bun…
And then another. We just couldn’t stop! It wasn't my fault - they're just TOO good.
Finally, it started to close, we were out of cash, stuffed to the brim and the hipsters of East London were starting to drift out into the night, so we gave up on our dreams of another chicken bun and called it a night.
I’m so glad we finally got to experience the street feast – and I’ll be searching out Yum Bun again, for sure!
What did you all get up to this weekend?