Street food has been around since the time of ancient Greece but did you know that the first time it came under legislation was in 1502 under the Ottoman in Turkey? During the Roman times, many homes in London did not have kitchens so street food was the primary source of food for lower income citizens. At that time, one of the most common street food were oysters which was easy to catch in British waters, pies, and baked apples.
It was in the early 1800s when street food grew in demand because of a spike in population. There were around 6,000 street food vendors in London alone selling different varieties of fish alongside pies and soup.
Today, London street food has become a food art in itself with its own award, The Street Food Awards held annually. The carts have turned into food trucks and the most popular ones are raking in as much as 1,000 pounds a day.
Some of the top food trucks today in London are:
Bao is the most-queued food stall in Soho selling Taiwanese cuisine and they have a stall in Netil Market every Saturday. It is operated by brother-sister-girlfriend team selling handmade steamed milk buns and soya milk fried chicken which are their bestsellers.
The Cheese Truck has created melted sandwiches packed with so much that it takes grilled toasties to a new level of satisfaction. Their sandwiches offer unusual ingredients like pear chutney, chorizods, goat cheese, walnuts, and a variety of cheeses.
Bleecker St is operated by a lawyer, Zan Kaufman who wanted to serve the best burgers in London. Her inspiration is a burger she had while in New York’s East Village. She uses rare-breed, dry-aged beef from pasture-fed cows and the burgers ooze with natural juices and cooked to perfection.
Nazari is Andalucian cuisine which is a blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food packed with flavors from unusual spices. Their bestseller is their chicken wrap that uses slow-cooked chicken mixed with parsley and garlic and a ton of hard-pronounce spices from that side of the world.
The Rib Man is one of the best ribs in London streets. It has been around since 2007 and was started by Mark Gevaux, a former butcher, with a fantastic spicy smoky barbecue ribs recipe that is indescribably yummy.
Finally, Mother Clucker offers the best tasting Southern fried chicken with spicy coating and sweet, juicy chicken inside.