Dalston Street Feast

July 14, 2014

I love street food. Easy to find in Asia and abundant in my imagined oasis of Portland, Oregon – but until the last couple of years a near impossible to find novelty in London. Street Feast launched in the summer of 2012 and is held in Dalston Yard every Friday and Saturday until September 27th. Come as early as possible though as it’s so rammed that someone snatched a chair from underneath my heiney as I was sitting down to enjoy my chicken wings. How rude. Also it’s free before 7pm and £3 after so more money for your chicken wing fund.

This delectable pork rib from Hot Box London is the perfect way to unwind post-work on a Friday night. Perfectly smoky and succulent and the cole slaw was the ideal crunchy complement for the ribs, along with the pickles and hot peppers. It’s a great sampler size as you’ll definitely have room to eat more food. Cause there is no point in coming to Street Feast and not feeding at the trough.

Coriander Chicken Tikka – a fresh naan served with fresh salad, sharp pickles and chutney from Rola Wala. Very tasty and it looked like the busiest stand in the place which is saying a lot!

Hand cut sweet potato fries from Bleecker St. Burger, a New York style burger truck. These didn’t blow my mind. The burgers smelled amazing but I couldn’t possibly eat an entire burger at that point. Amateur.

Three of us ordered this Octopus Curry from Vinn Goute, serving Seychelles inspired street food. There was really no way to photograph this well as you can see – it wasn’t the time or place to bust out the food styling manual. But the consensus was that this is the dish to try from this stand!

Nicely charred chicken wings from Mama’s Jerk Station. The spicy sauce they added on top blew my head off so maybe have that on the side if you prefer it on the mild side. Delicious.

By this point I was ready to lie down but the thought of a pina colada ice lolly perked me right up. Did we have room? Could we possibly? Am so glad we did as they LICKALIX make positively divine “poptails” – frozen cocktails on sticks. They make anything from Strawberry Mojito to Pimms O Clock. Felt so refreshed after the pina colada I was almost ready for round two.

Spotted the Kookybakes stand on the way out and gazed wistfully at the Lemon Drop Whoopie Pies. Next time, they will be mine. THEY WILL BE MINE.

Dalston Yard
Hartwell Street, E8 3DU

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