Review of The Real Street Food Festival, London, Southbank

This Easter weekend saw the Real Street Food Festival take over London’s Southbank. Crowds gathered for the four day foodie event to try the city’s finest multicultural cuisines, from artisan breads, cheeses and wines to gourmet burgers, brisket and dosas there was a street food vendor for you.

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First stop was Kimchinary, a Korean tacos stand.

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Kimchini rice balls, deep fried light crispy balls like aranchini filled with kimchiri rice, gochujang – a savory and pungent fermented Korean condiment made from red chili, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans and salt. topped with chives and mayo.

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These spicy bite size savoury balls were superb, not heavily over seasoned but moist light non greasy. Vibrant in flavour as well as in colour,  a Korean street food treat! IMG_3964

After my trip to Madrid I became slightly obsessed with Spanish food especially their cured and smoked meats. Black Acorn displayed a wide selection of chorizos, cured meats and sausages on display sent me straight back to San Miguel food market in Spain.

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The Polish Deli London showed a proud display of savoury pastries, sausages and desserts. It was lovely to see foods from the Eastern Europe with a wide array of produce on show.

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Karantania’s food was certainly an eye catcher.

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Potted bread – which I’ve never seen before. Exceptionally tempting strudels both savoury and sweet, salads and flat breads.

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Big Apple Hot Dogs were my lunchtime choice, I’ve had so many burgers since January it was time for a good old hotdog. I’ve had a NYC street vendor dogs and they are incredible so BAHD had a lot a to live up to.

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I went for the Big Frank, 100% pork oak smoked extra large dog. Seasoned with nutmeg, paprika and black pepper the gorment hotdog was Flavoured to perfection. The added chilli relish, kraut and pickles were salty, crunchy, sour and tangy just as I like it!

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The Big Pole was 8inch hotdog of prime pork seasoned with paprika and nutmeg and their biggest dog yet. One word: Meaty, proper pork! Not mechanically produced, but way too big for the bun, a more quality bun is needed.

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Lunch no2 was a Salt Beef bagel by The Bell and Brisket

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Violet shredded pickled cabbage, gherkins, blow torched cheese piled on top of a soft salty moreish thick sliced beef was mouth meltingly delicious.

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Kerb regular Bhangra Burger cooked up a curry infused burger, the smell of authentic spices and traditional masala was enticing.

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Their Indian wraps stuffed with marinated chicken/fish/lamb and topped with salads and chutneys were hard to walk away from.

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Run by 3 very cute guys were Pizza Pilgrims, thin crust Napoli rustic pizzas served piping hot and can usually be seen at Berwick Street Market Soho,  London.

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Gutted I didn’t get to try Bleecker Street Burger but there is only so much I could eat. Judging by the queue their burgers ARE the best in town!

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Bunta
This Vietnamese street food vendor won the prize for best decorated stall. Their colourful fresh vegetables, sweet and spicy chargrilled meats alongside noodles or soft bun was tantilizing. Can’t wait for their popup next week.

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Jamon Jamon
A Paella lovers Mecca, these guys were serving seafood and chicken paella to hoards if people. IMG_3995

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Oversized paella pans , browning off the meat, vibrant saffron and paprika and paella sprinkled over the rice slowly sizzled and bubbled away.

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Unfortunately the snow and freezing temperatures got to me and I didn’t get time to try Horn OK Please. You dosa dolls are next on my list!

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The Real Street Food Festival had an array of worldwide cuisines, tasty, full of flavour, buzz and vibrance. Be proud that people braved the bitter cold to come down, the festival was a complete successful. A little more advertising and marketing could be done to promote the event, but I’m already looking forward to the next one.

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