#DalstonYard. It went off with a bang.

If you missed Street Feast’s Chilli Chilli Bang Bang last weekend, you only missed THE hottest street food festival in London. However don’t panic, this was just the tease to a summer of Street Feasts at #DalstonYard: think festival cocktails, ‘vibes’ signs – how many can you spot? – and agonising food decisions – how many buns are acceptable before you’ve reached carb overload?

But, before I get distracted, back to the chilli. The #ChilliOff between myself and an equally matched chilli fiend was to see just how much we could get through, without burning our tongues off, whilst drowning in blood, sweat and tears. Ok, maybe blood is extreme, however runny noses would be the perfect substitute.

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We particularly liked Rola Wala’s heat rating for their naan sliders, perfect for those with milder tastes (or a lower chilli tolerance). There were hot sauces to taste (our fave was Dalston Chillies’ sauce), chilli mezcal margaritas to drool over, a spice market to grab a few sauces, and plenty of demonstrations.

Everything we tried (trust me, we tried quite a bit) was savoury and enticing. If we weren’t already excited, the chillies left our endorphins exploding and burning. Here’s a few of our highlights (I say highlights, but if we could have, we would have tried them all).

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Clockwise from top left: Roti Chai, Naga ghost pepper chilli wings, Bar Shu, Chengdu pork wontons, Black Vanilla, gelato, Som Saa, Pork belly with mouse shit chilli

Roti Chai’s Naga ‘ghost pepper’ chilli wings – did you know the naga red chilli was declared the world’s hottest chilli till it was dethroned two years ago? – impressive. We, however, conquered those wings until we discovered they had a slow burn.

Bar Shu’s Chengdu Pork Wontons were a great tasty surprise to find.

Som Saa’s Sweet Pork and ‘mouse shit’ chilli. Yes, we asked the exact same thing. Prik kee noo, as they are known in Thailand, literally translates as mouse shit chillies because of their tiny size. And they have a kick.

Sambal Shiok’s sliders may not have been hot, however the chicken satay was packed with flavour.

SmokeStak never fail to disappoint with the pulled pork meat and ribs.

Black Vanilla’s gelato. We thought this would be a relief after all the heat of the evening, but even these had a sly chilli sensation. We loved the salted mango and chilli and Venuezuelan chocolate and chilli combinations.

Our only disappointment was the food selling out. The tears came out.

Here’s a few more of our faves.

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Rola Wala, Sliders

Bobs-lobster

Bob’s Lobster, Chilli spiked lobster roll

smokestak streetart

Ting

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Pictures © Alicia Fernandes/Street Eats London

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