London street food has never been a bigger deal. In fact, London is a prime UK hotspot for serious kerbside deliciousness. Whether you fancy yourself a bit of a foodie, or love to taste the latest fashionable fare, we've compiled a tasty rundown of some of the best street food vendors the city has to offer. Time to add these beauties to your “must eat” list...
1. The Rib Man
If you're a serious carnivore, The Rib Man's baby back ribs, grilled to perfection and heaped onto welcoming soft white baps are a “must munch”. The Rib Man's backstory is even more interesting than his delectable fare. Trained as a butcher at 15, Mark Gevaux lost his leg to a car accident, putting his career on hold. In 2007, The Rib Man was born and can today be found most Sundays on Brick Lane. Just follow your nose. If you're feeling brave, a dose of Mark's “Christ on a Bike” sauce will blow your head off, in the good way.
Food hipsters are always looking for the next, big, inventive thing. Eritrean-inspired “Afro-tacos” may just do the trick. The creation of Makda & Jack Harlow, these beautiful, traditional injera flatbreads are heaped with spiced chicken, soft gamy pulled lamb and a whole host of pickled, salady treats. Head to Netil Market on Saturdays to take a bite.
3. Mike & Ollie
And while we're on the subject of flatbreads, Mike & Ollie is one street food incarnation of Yotam Ottolenghi you do not want to miss. Trained in fine art, co-founder Mike creates delectable masterpieces, wrapping up fillings like fresh, pan-fried mackerel, slow cooked lamb shoulder, free range pork belly and a smorgasbord of frankly divine vegetable accompaniments and sauces. Find Mike & Ollie at Brockley Market on Saturdays.
How does the best salad in the world sound, compared to your regular office lunch? How about if it cost just £5? This is Savage Salad's whole schtick and it's an absolute blinder. Chargrilled aubergine, panzanella, roast beetroot, quinoa, tabouleh, red rice, sun dried tomatoes – these guys create a whole world of delicious salads which won't cost more than a shoddy supermarket sandwich. Find them every Monday-Friday on Broadwick Street in Soho, but come prepared to queue!
When your food is as good as Bao's, you don't need an extensive menu. And this Taiwanese cuisine is good. Really, really good. From handmade steamed milk buns crammed with all manner of Taiwanese goodness (make sure you try the classic pork bun), to soya milk fried chicken which will take you to another plane of gourmet enjoyment, there's not a dud on the list – it's all sublime. Get your fill at 53 Lexington Street, Soho on Saturdays.
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