Nestled in the back streets of East London is a not-so-secret food market offering the finest of London’s food trucks all under one roof, coupled with some awesome bars, lively music and a lot of men in Christmas jumpers.
There’s something to please everyone, whether you’re a lobster mac and cheese kinda girl, or sticky pork ribs sorta boy. Check your bag and coat into the cloakroom on arrival, you’ll need both hands for the indulgent dishes, not to mention for your beer and camera.
Portions are generous but designed to be small plates, either for one or to share, so that you make it to a few stalls and sample a range of the goodies on offer. It took about 10 wet wipes for Tom to get clean again after the ribs.
A pulled pork bun from Yum Bun is not to be missed. The soft pillowy steamed buns filled with juicy pulled pork smothered in hoisin sauce and topped with cucumber and spring onions. Like a crispy duck pancake, but much, much better. A photo does not do it justice.
Be prepared to queue for your food, but the lines move quickly and the food is worth it. Next to Yum Bun is Rola Wala for more pulled pork. Their mini naans topped with succulent pork, cucumber, yogurt, ginger, mint, coriander, mango chutney and coconut. Bit of a mouthful to say and eat, but delicious.
Prices range from about £3.50 to £15, plus drinks (remember to bring cash!), so it’s not a cheap night, although it would have been a lot cheaper if we hadn’t stayed at the Whiskey bar for so long. Numerous whiskey sours plus roulette for a double whiskey seemed like a good idea at the time. Although Tom and I had organised a date night, we randomly bumped into two of my best friends from uni and decided to make a night of it.
The Hawker Night market is open Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm til late throughout December. It’s £3 entry if you arrive after 7, but get there early to try to nab a seat, if you can. You’ll need a map to get there, let’s hope you’re a better map reader than I am.