Good Food Blog
Street food named desirePosted at 11:17AM, 09 August 2010 by Andrea McGinniss - Editor, bbcgoodfood.com
Uncle Liam's in London from Australia for a few days and I want to show him something fabulous. Or, more precisely, fabulous tasting. I'm not talking eight-course dégustation menus from Michelin-starred restaurants, but those simple, worth-crossing-town-for dishes, almost always costing under a fiver, that stick in the brain as well as to the ribs.
In Barcelona, a no-frills still-warm tortilla from Boqueria market served with fresh white bread rubbed with tomato was an unexpected highlight my mother and I reminisce about often. In New York, five dumplings for a dollar from hilariously grumpy Vanessa's dumplings were a daily indulgence my cousin and I still crave.
What dish is a must-have at a particular destination?
Closer to home, the unlikely indie-kid Enterprise pub in Camden serves deep-filled fish finger sandwiches on white farmhouse bread softer than a goose down duvet for less than four quid. It's on the itinerary.
But perhaps more memorable than any of those, the chorizo burger from Brindisa at Borough Market. Ciabatta drizzled with olive oil, topped with barbecued chorizo, roasted red pepper and rocket. So simple. So utterly swoonworthy. Everyone I've introduced to it agrees it's love at first bite. We'll be queuing up for one come Saturday. My mouth's already watering.
What dish is a must-have at a particular destination? Is there any worth crossing town or indeed the world for?