London’s all about the food festival at the moment, but increasingly rarely do you find one that’s free to enter, family-friendly, and promises an alcohol-free good time! That’s the likely significant gap in the market Halal Gems, the interactive digital magazine for halal foodies, are going for with their Halal Gems Street Eats festival, launching in Old Spitalfields Market this weekend.
Familiar faces from the Southbank Centre’s Alchemy Festival street food market, such as Khao London and Curry Cook House, will be making an appearance alongside a range of Middle Eastern and South East Asian food vendors.
I’m delighted to see Khao London back, and highly recommend their life-affirmingly delicious khao suey bowls of noodles – with the creamiest of coconut milk broth, spicy tender meat and a range of toppings for that all-important texture and added zing. Chit Chaat Chai, who we reviewed here, will be featuring their chatpatta Indian street food staples. And Rola Wala – of sourdough naan rolls and clean eating with a South Asian flair – will be flexing out in their new neighbourhood (they just opened their first permanent site in Spitalfields last week).
I would have loved to see a few of our favourite halal eateries, such as Darjeeling Express and Masala Wala Café also participating and expanding the range of foods and flavours on offer – something to look forward to for next year maybe. Until then, I’ll be hot-footing it to the Little Mangalore stand for their attention-arresting version of South Indian fish and chips. Ever since Masterchef winner Saliha Mahmood Ahmed executed her creatively desi version of fish n’ chips with perfection, I’ve been salivating at the thought of how heady spices can lift up this British classic.
When: Friday 28 July & Saturday 29 July 2017, 11am – 9.30pm
Where: Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW
Admission: FREE (but you need to register)
More info: Halal Gems Street Eats Festival
By Rida Bilgrami.
Posted on 27 July 2017
Photos by Rida Bilgrami