Street food vendors from around the world went head to head in Shoreditch at the TravelSupermarket International Street Food Challenge pop up this August.
TravelSupermarket found that over half of the UK think food is more important than nightlife when choosing a holiday. Research also showed that one quarter of the UK admitted that they have booked a holiday purely because they wanted to try the food of the destination. We agree… With a line-up of food from France, Italy, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and America we went along and here are three of our favourites.
1. Vinn Goute… for a taste of the sea
Vinn Goute means “come and taste” in the Seychelles Creole. They are the only Seychelles street food kitchen in London serving curries, wraps and their own chilli sauces. Our octopus curry was tender and packed with flavour and we devoured the red snapper ball and coconut milk bites.
Vinn Goute takes you on a food journey inspired by the memory of fresh fish caught from the blue seas in the Seychelles and the atmosphere of the family kitchen. We want to be in that postcard scene.
Find them: Every Tuesday at Kerb Kings Cross or once a month at Spitalfields/Gherkin. Vinn Goute will also be at the King and Co. in Clapham until 31st August 2015.
2. Kothu Kothu… for spice lovers
Kothu Kothu serve a taste of Sri Lanka with its most famous street food dish, the Kothu Roti, which is found on almost any street corner in Colombo. Kothu Kothu means chop chop, and woah does a lot of chopping go into this dish. We loved watching the preparation of the roti, curry, spices and vegetables cooked on the grill, and then chopped with two blunt metal blades.
The Kothu Roti blends a delicious mix of spice, texture and tang, not to mention that distinctive, almost theatrical noise of the metal blades.
Find them: at various Kerb locations.
3. The Orange Buffalo… New York, New York
Love wings? Then you’ll love The Orange Buffalo. These wings come dripping in sauce ranging from Original; Woof Woof Hot (think bonnets, dutch chillies and a hint of naga chillies); Vincent. V Hot; and the Viper Super Hot – scotch bonnets, naga and chilli extract.
We picked the Hot and wolfed down the blue cheese dip, which perfectly complements the heat!
Feeling brave? Try the Snake in a Basket: 7 Original or Woof Woof wings + 1 hidden Viper. Trust us, it’ll burn!
Find them: The Old Truman Brewery, Ely’s Yard, E1 6QL
This may be our top three, but don’t miss French flavours from Copper and Wheat, the Chorizo burger from Spanish Lab, and fresh tortellini fillings at La Tua Pasta!
Travel Supermarket | Keep an eye out for recipes from the event!