Hock n Roll chorizo sarnie london markets sandwich

Hock n Roll – Plancha Chorizo Sarnie

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I’m not entirely sure what Hock n Roll is as an institution. Is it a food truck? A catering company? Are they usually in food markets? Do they know the meaning of life?

Hock n Roll chorizo sarnie london markets sandwich

I guess the main question is: is everything they do as succulent as this Plancha Chorizo Sarnie? It’s hard to get chorizo wrong, but it’s even harder to get it so right, and this sandwich is a delight, sporting delicious pork, salad, some “who knows what they put on my sandwich” sauces and voilà.

Hock n Roll chorizo sarnie london markets sandwich

Whatever Hock n Roll may be, I hope our paths cross again. I sure would like some more!

 

Slimy? Chorizo is a filthy word to begin with, so, of course it’s going to be messy.

Satisfying? Very rock and roll indeed!

 

Hock n Roll
Check social media for location
http://www.hocknroll.co.uk/
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Benny Buttons - Vegan Pancakes london market syrup pancake tower

Benny Buttons – Vegan Pancakes

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A pancake tower is a beautiful thing. A tall, intricately designed skyscraper of deliciously doughy round beauties, whose sole sight can inspire grandeur on even the skeptical among us.

Benny Buttons - Vegan Pancakes london market syrup pancake tower

I’ll plant my flag on this one

Which is why having a market stall like Benny Buttons building these complex structures of happiness is such a great thing. Specially during these bleak, post-Brexit days, we need any glimmer of hope we can get. And trust me, hope can very much come in pancake tower form.

Benny Buttons - Vegan Pancakes london market syrup pancake tower

A look inside the pancakes

Sporting some apples and covered in ever so sticky syrup, this is a treat that has to be tried. So yeah, it might be vegan, but that’s hardly relevant when it comes to pancakes. Be sure to bring a friend along though: otherwise you’ll feel guilty for the foreseeable future…

Benny Buttons - Vegan Pancakes london market syrup pancake tower

Doesn’t look that tall from up here

 

Slimy? Sticky, gooey, slimy… can’t think of any more adjectives

Satisfying? Certainly, you’ll be full with two bites

 

Benny Buttons
Markets around London (check their social media)
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Poptata - Portobello Fries potato chips french fries cheese fries cone market food portobello

Poptata – Portobello Fries

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Best thing about Belgium? Some people say it’s their beers. I personally will always remember those massive paper cones filled with huge chips and glazed with all manner of crazy sauces.

Poptata - Portobello Fries potato chips french fries cheese fries cone market food portobello

Cheese hasn’t melted yet. It will.

While there’s no mention of Belgian influence on Poptata‘s plucky Portobello Road stall, it brought me memories so vivid, and so filthy (in a good way, of course), that I had to put it in words.

Poptata - Portobello Fries potato chips french fries cheese fries cone market food portobello

Cheese hanging in there…

Choose size of the cone, the type of garnish, and voilà. Simple and yummy. I chose the Medium Fries with Portobello topping, which has some cheddar, and a special sauce with onion and mustard. It was big, messy and oh so very good.

Poptata - Portobello Fries potato chips french fries cheese fries cone market food portobello

Cheese is gone…

So good, in fact, that you’re better off skipping the sure to be horrible Ryanair flight to Belgium, and just head to Poptata. Your belly will thank you. Your shirt, will not. As you will get messy.

 

Slimy? I got at least three spots of sauce of my shirt. Probably won’t come out. Still totally worth it.

Satisfying? Taking chips and sauce to the next level!

 

Poptata
At Portobello Market from Friday to Sunday (check website for other days)
http://www.poptata.com/
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Le Swine - Le Bacon Butty british food london market duck egg

Le Swine – Le Bacon Butty

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Another day, another quintessential British tradition. As much as the neighbours across the pond like to believe nobody does bacon like them, there just isn’t any other bacon infused item as satisfying and pleasure inducing as the famous bacon butty.

Le Swine - Le Bacon Butty british food london market duck egg

Looks small. Appearances are deceiving…

A true warrior of a sandwich, it’s there when you need it the most: when you’re having a raging hangover, when you forgot to have dinner the night before, or simply when it’s time for something simple. And the one Le Swine puts out on their market truck is divine beyond your wildest imagination.

Le Swine - Le Bacon Butty british food london market duck egg

Breaking the egg!

Take a bap (British word for sandwich), some gorgeous bacon and finish it off with a duck egg, and if you’re not crying tears of joy after the first bite then you probably just don’t enjoy life. Or you keep Kosher. One of the two.

Le Swine - Le Bacon Butty british food london market duck egg

Look from the other side of the egg

So here’s a round of applause for Le Swine. For taking a classic, and making it withstand the test of time. Le Bacon Butty, ladies and gentlemen.

 

Slimy? When that egg breaks, you’ll know what slimy actually means

Satisfying? As British as they come and as delicious as they could possibly be made

 

Le Swine
Markets around London. Check on website
http://www.leswine.co.uk/
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Porchetta & Grill - Not So Small Porchetta Panini portobello road west london pork sandwich

Porchetta & Grill – Not So Small Porchetta Panini

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New job, new location, new food. That’s my thought process whenever I land a new job. And after a few years working in “not so glamorous” Soho, I’ve started a new gig in West London, a few minutes away from Portobello Road, its famous market and its accompanying tourist infestation.

Porchetta & Grill - Not So Small Porchetta Panini portobello road west london pork sandwich

Going sideways

So you’ll see loads of new places pop up here within the area. Which is not a bad thing, specially with the likes of Porcetta & Grill, with its delightful pressed sandwiches. Porcetta is a special Italian pork preparation, and when cooked well, it leads the charge for a succulent lunch. And it comes in two sizes, with the Not So Small being, well, massive.

Porchetta & Grill - Not So Small Porchetta Panini portobello road west london pork sandwich

After a few bites

So come say hi if you’re westbound. Maybe I’ll take you for some Porcetta. Unless you don’t like good things. In which case: stay as far away from me as possible.

 

Slimy? A sandwich this big should not be able to hold its stuff as well as this one does

Satisfying? Perfect for the coming summer afternoons. Just don’t eat it while standing on Portobello Road: you’ll be constantly bumped by tourons (i.e. tourist morons) for sure

 

Porchetta & Grill
Markets in London, check their Facebook for location
http://www.porchettandgrill.com/
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Shippo - Oyako Don rice donburi japanese market food east london brick lane

Shippo – Oyako Don

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All aboard! All aboard the Shippo! Direct route to Japan!

The sheer amount of different stalls at the Sunday Up-Market in Brick Lane is outstanding. Pretty much every cuisine you can imagine is somehow represented, and it’s an attack on the senses worthy of a Moroccan market.

Shippo - Oyako Don rice donburi japanese market food east london brick lane

Tight! One move and it’ll expolode

But Shippo is different. From the bizarre menu (I had never heard of any of the dishes before), to the fresh cooked food in front of your very eyes (no “hours cooked” noodles here), it’s not hard to understand why it stands out.

Shippo - Oyako Don rice donburi japanese market food east london brick lane

Looks even yummier when you dig in

I ordered the Oyako Don. It’s one of those times when you order and have no clue what the meal will look like. Marinated chicken mixed with omelette, seaweed and onions, all over a bed of rice, make for one strange looking box. But a very satisfying box at that.

Shippo - Oyako Don rice donburi japanese market food east london brick lane

Sticky means easy for chopsticks

So come aboard. The Shippo is about to embark! The destination? Doesn’t matter. It’s the journey that does. And this is one delicious journey.

 

Slimy? This mixture of japanese delight sticks together like glue. Handy for chopsticks.

Satisfying? An oriental delight, and also a fairly hearty one. You won’t starve on this journey.

 

Shippo
Sunday Upmarket (at Truman Brewery)
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Shoal Food - Fish Finger Sandwich maltby street market fried fish

Shoal Food – Fish Finger Sandwich

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Fish fingers are a treat. Everyone likes them. EVERYONE. From 3 year olds who don’t understand what a fish is (I was a very dumb child), to old fatties like me who can’t be bothered to cook fish to begin with.

Shoal Food - Fish Finger Sandwich maltby street market fried fish

Don’t dare you touch those fingers!

So it’s always a treat when a stall like Shoal Food, whose pun-tastic name already commands attention, makes a pretty little sandwich with, you guessed it, fish fingers. Two perfectly fried Cod fingers, coupled with some butter made of peas (hey, it tastes good, so beat it), rocket, dressing and herbs tartar, make for one healthy sandwich.

Shoal Food - Fish Finger Sandwich maltby street market fried fish

Way fancier than a Filet O Fish

And when you have a sandwich that a 3 year old would enjoy THAT INCLUDES something called pea butter, you know you’ve got a winner. Give peas a chance.

 

Slimy? It’s strange to eat fish fingers and not, you know, hold the fingers with your hands

Satisfying? As good for a toddler as for a foodie adult such as myself

 

Shoal Food
Maltby Street Market (check their Facebook)
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Circus Bros - Spanish Tortilla Sandwich tortilla española chorizo queso manchego

Circus Bros – Spanish Tortilla “Sandwich”

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Food is awesome. In general. And when you find something awesome, you know what makes it even better? A sandwich. Make it a sandwich. Spanish tortillas (AKA Spanish omelets) are awesome. So of course someone is going to go ahead and make them a sandwich.

Circus Bros - Spanish Tortilla Sandwich tortilla española chorizo queso manchego

Sandwiched in!

In an incredible achievement in food engineering not seen since the creation of the KFC Double Down (you don’t want to try that, trust me), the geniuses behind Berwick St. and Camden markets stall Circus Bros have taken two expertly made tortillas, and put ingredients between them. And the results are, predictably, glorious.

Circus Bros - Spanish Tortilla Sandwich tortilla española chorizo queso manchego

A beautiful pairing

Asking the cook which one is the more popular one, he recommends the manchego cheese and chorizo one. Can’t be more Spanish than that, and fork and knife in hand (you probably don’t want to try to hold this one with your hands) I dug in. And wowza. Plus, they serve it with some garlic bread. Garlic bread rocks. Always.

Circus Bros - Spanish Tortilla Sandwich tortilla española chorizo queso manchego

Now that’s awhat I call a midsection

Never will I look at tortillas the same way again. Or at sandwiches for that matter. Maybe this should become a trend. Replace buns with tortillas? I’m up for that to happen. Let’s MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Circus Bros - Spanish Tortilla Sandwich tortilla española chorizo queso manchego

In for a closer look…

 

Slimy? A tortilla already has eggs and potato. Adding cheese and chorizo will not make it any cleaner

Satisfying? I could only imagine one of these with a burger in between tortillas… A man can dream!

 

Circus Bros
At Berwick St. and Camden markets (I tried Berwick)
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Smokestak - US Beef Brisket Bun smoked beef sandwich chillies london market

Smokestak – Beef Brisket Bun

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Beef is delicious. There’s no questioning that. Be it Argentinian steak, or just a juicy burger,  it’s great in all forms. I’ve made an effort to give strange vegetarian concoctions the chance they deserve on this site, but at the end of the day, it always comes down to meat, glorious meat.

And Smokestak excels in the art of serving meat. Though this is the second time I try their magnificent cuts (first one being 2015’s National Burger Day), it feels like a reunion. A very, very happy one. In a more permanent set up at Hawker House, it’s still the same no frills food market food,  which means it’s quick and cheaper than going to an all out BBQ place. But by no means worse!

Smokestak - US Beef Brisket Bun smoked beef sandwich chillies london market

You’ll want to lick the paper afterwards

I got the Beef Brisket Bun, a sandwich which has chillies, sauce and stuff, all to glorify the most deliciously smoked US beef this side of the Atlantic. Full of flavour, tender as can be, full of joy.

Smokestak - US Beef Brisket Bun smoked beef sandwich chillies london market

The softest bite to any sandwich I’ve had…

The blissful happiness didn’t last for long, as the queue to get another one was understandably huge. All’s fair in the quest for great beef. All for more of this beef, glorious beef.

 

Slimy? No amount of parchment paper can keep something this good contained

Satisfying? Beef, glorious beef. Enough said.

 

Smokestak
At Hawker House and other markets.
http://smokestak.co.uk/
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Liberty Cheesesteak Company - Philly Cheesesteak cheese whiz cheese wiz sandwich american food

Liberty Cheesesteak Company – Philly Cheesesteak

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The United States of America. Land of the free and American dream. And what could be more freeing that being able to add anything to your food, no matter how disgusting it might sound at first.

Liberty Cheesesteak Company - Philly Cheesesteak cheese whiz cheese wiz sandwich american food

Squeeze for cheese

The Philly Cheesesteak is a bonafide classic. But there’s two camps where Philly Cheesesteaks go: the normal cheese camp, and the Cheese Whiz one. The one served by the US import gang from Liberty Cheesesteak Company is certainly the latter. They have a melting pot full of gooey, slightly orange and most certainly toxic (in a good way) Liberty Wiz, their own secret recipe. And it’s as fantastic as it sounds. Or, dare I say it, “liberating”.

Liberty Cheesesteak Company - Philly Cheesesteak cheese whiz cheese wiz sandwich american food

A very yellow SUBmarine!

Couple it with some deliciously cooked steak, some onions and mushrooms because, you know, veggies are healthy, and if you go for the whole sandwich, as I obviously did, you get one massive and addictive sandwich.

Feels good to be free, doesn’t it? And there certainly is no better freedom than the one that comes with oodles of melty cheese.

 

Slimy? Just look up what Cheese Whiz really is and judge for yourself.

Satisfying? The American cheese IS the American dream.

 

Liberty Cheesesteak Company
At Spitafields Market and other markets around London (check website for current location)
http://www.cheesesteaks.co.uk/
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