If there’s one thing I’m prepared to go out of my way for… it’s food. Be that rain, snow, or a 2-hour queue for a cronut, I’ll do it! So today when London decided to pour down with rain, I was outside at Southbank for “KERB does Alchemy” to check out their line up of food. You might remember I checked out KERB’s awesome fried chicken festival not so long ago which was amazing, so I was super excited to come back for another round of good food. This time, 27 traders were cooking up dishes from across India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. The festival runs until the 29th May so be sure to check it out.
Now I know I have a big appetite, but there was no way I could eat something from all 27 traders… there’s only so much one girl can eat in a couple of hours (all the more reason to come back)! Here are some of my highlights of the day:
Indian Street Kitchen is set up by the lovely Suj and Sid who told me all about their food and the good quality ingredients they use. They put a twist on classic Indian street food and serve up items such as “tikka tacos” and “dhaba steakathis”. I decided to go for the latter.
A 28 day aged steak, marinated in dhaba boti mix, served with three cheeses and homemade sauces in a warm and perfectly crisp wrap. YUM! The meat was juicy and tender, and all the flavours worked well.
It was one of the best things I ate today and I would highly recommend it.
My aunty once made khao suey and it was the most heart-warming bowl of goodness ever. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a Burmese dish consisting of egg noodles and curried meat cooked with coconut milk and topped with a variety of condiments. I was SO excited to finally try out Khao Karachi, London’s only halal Khao Suey joint!
It was most certainly delicious and is a great unique addition to London’s halal food scene; I’d recommend you try it if you’ve never had it before! P.S I got got it topped with every condiment (lol). Do it too and thank me later! 😉
So you know how I said I’m up for queuing up for food? Well, I once queued up for two hours to try out Hoppers, an amaaazing halal Sri Lankan restaurant in London. I fell in love with their lamb kothu and waheyyy I found a stall dedicated to this glorious dish.
It’s a mash up of roti, vegetables, egg, curry and hot spices. It’s so good I even took one mutton kothu home!
Baba G’s put an Indian twist on a burger and it’s really good! The Bhangra Burger is a classic, but today I tried Baba’s hugeee Naga Dehli Double – 2 lamb patties and super crispy onion bahaji all topped with spicy naga chilli pickle sauce. A little tricky to eat but worth the mess!
- Blu Top Ice Cream – cookie ice-cream sandwiches
If you’re a smart cookie 😉 you won’t leave without dessert! Get the mango lassi or cardamom & jaggery ice-cream sandwich with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce on top.
Finally, after all that hard work, don’t forget to wash it all down with a mango and lime soda or a classic mojito!
That’s a wrap! Be sure to check out the event before the 29th May. It’s the perfect way for you and your friends/ family to squeeze in lots of food right before Ramadan starts!