Why These Are The 2016 Top Street Food of London

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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.

Food Trucks Around The World

The United States is usually the leader in commercial and business ideas and when gourmet food trucks began to appear in 2008, many business people from around the world began to follow suit. If you are planning to travel within the year, you can try chasing down one of these food trucks for a whole new food experience that’s very similar to what we have right here.

In Berlin, the food truck business is not as proliferate as in the U.S. but there is one place you can go to experience food served hot and quick from food trucks. It is located in southern Prenzlauer Berg near the Senefelder Platz.  On certain Saturdays, they have a Food Night Market. Two of the most popular food trucks here are the Beijing Flying Dumplings and the Pornothunder Tapas. In other parts of Berlin, a popular street food is the doner kebab which is sold in food carts or kiosks.

Don’t be surprised to find a taco food truck in Paris because one enterprising business person decided it’s time to bring in … Cantine California! It serves organic tacos, cupcakes, fries, and fresh tortillas. Another food truck is the Le Camion Qui Fume which is owned by an American, Kristine Frederick who sells burgers for 10 Euros. Although these two business owners had a difficult time setting up and getting city permits, they are now part of the ambience with French guitarists playing beside Kristine’s truck which is parked on a quaint cobblestone street on the Right Bank. There are other food trucks around the city selling pizza, sausages, crepes, and sandwiches.

The Traveling C.O.W. is Singapore’s first food truck and it was launched in late 2012. Business owner, Karen Cheng decided it was time to introduce Singaporeans to the food truck craze with their menu consisting of gourmet bistro food. It was a struggle to get the city to approve the license – mobile wagon – being the first in the country which only approved in late November.

In Sydney, Australia food trucks have become quite the hit where there is a good choice of Asian, Asian fusion, Mexican, organic, BBQ, and vegetarian food trucks roaming the city.  London also has its fabulous Kimchi Cult among many other food trucks. Located at Eat St in Kings Cross Station, one will find more than 12 mobile restaurants offering a wide selection of international and local cuisine. Kimchu Cult is a Korean-inspired food truck which serves beef burgers and a side dish of kimchi.