Good Food Blog
Street foodPosted at 10:57AM, 14 March 2008 by Graham Holliday - Blogger
It gets desperate when you start seeing a chestnut seller on Petticoat Lane as exotic. The fact is Britain, and much of mainland Europe for that matter, doesn't do street food. Chestnuts and hotdogs are as snazzy as we Brits get. The climate doesn't help us of course, but is that an excuse?
Korea gets way chilly in the winter, yet street food is everywhere and people still go out to eat it. No, for a nation stacked with food magazines, gastropubs and more 'sleb chefs than you can throw a meat cleaver at Britain is missing out big time when it comes to street food. The irony is that many of the most popular dishes in Britain live on the street in the native environment.
Chestnuts and hotdogs are as snazzy as we Brits get. The climate doesn't help us of course, but is that an excuse?
Head to Mexico and the best Tacos are found on street stalls like this one near the border with the United States. In Accra, the capital of Ghana, you'll find FuFu pounders on every street corner hammering plantains in big heavy mortars to make the popular thick, pasty street dish.
Street corners in Bethlehem have hole in the wall falafel shacks serving up the hummus, pickle and broad bean filled pita bread snacks. Head to Bangalore in India for a Pav Bhaji hit, or further east still to Burma for a breakfast of fishy noodles on the streets of Mandalay.
What with the ever growing popularity of food experimentation and the massive upturn in dining out in Britain these days, you'd think we could come with something more than chestnuts and hotdogs...