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15 of South East London’s Best Street Food Eats

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Lead image: Da Fish Ting at Greenwich Market (photo © Da Fish Ting)

Greenwich Market serves up some of London's best street food, live events and boutique shopping

Greenwich Market is London’s only historic market set within a World Heritage site. Recently refurbished, the vibrant arts and craft market showcases the work of up to 100 local talented designer-makers, while the adjacent Food Court features some of the tastiest street food with a wide choice of vegan, vegetarian and organic options. The market, located right in the town centre, also hosts a monthly Street Food Fest as well as Park It In The Market, the classic car and bike meet. Greenwich Market is open seven days a week, from 10am-5.30pm. See greenwichmarket.london

1 Da Fish Ting
Ceviche street food? Stop, please, we can’t take it… On a hot day when you’re not feeling the heavier street foods, make a beeline for Da Fish Ting. With fish freshly sourced each day from Billingsgate Market, you know you’re onto a good thing. The soft shell crab burger, served on a steamed charcoal bun with pineapple and pomegranate (and a dash of sweet chilli sauce if you know what’s good for you), is a thing of beauty. Then there’s that buttermilk cod marinated in green tea with polenta chops. Street food heaven.
Find them at: Greenwich Market

2 Mike & Ollie
Mike & Ollie serves up great flatbread filled with all sorts of goodies, from slow-cooked meats to delicious fish, all cosied up with herbs and harissa, salad and seeds and a dash of chilli. They do veggie, vegan and gluten-free wraps too and have started popping up at Crystal Palace Food Market and the new market at Myatt’s Fields Park too. These guys are one of the street food success stories, growing into supper clubs and catering too.
Find them at: Brockley Market 

3 Vietvan
The nattily named Vietvan serves up, you guessed it, Vietnamese-inspired cuisine. Go for a warm banh mi baguette filled with Viet-style spicy pulled pork, or the kaffir lime and lemongrass chicken. Proper tasty. They also do a caramelised grilled chicken as well as a chilli and pepper tofu with Thai basil dressing. And if you’re not feeling all that bread, you can have any of these on top of a salad box. Oh and the guy who runs this place is Kate Moss’ little brother, which is well cool.
Find them at: Herne Hill Farmers Market & North Cross Road Market 

4 Yum Bun
Yum Bun was one of the frontrunners in the steamed pork bun trend. Yum Bun‘s Pork Belly Bun just makes life better. When slow-roasted pork belly meets little puffy bun clouds and invites cucumber, spring onions and hoi sin sauce to the party, you’ve got yourself a good time. They also serve up chicken, fish, mushroom and tofu versions, so nobody’s left out. Oh, and did we mention the Yumplings? These silky steamed dumplings are packed with pork, chicken or mushroom, dressed with punchy oils and sprinkled with crunchy toppings.
Find them at: Street Feast’s Giant Robot, Hawker House & Public 

5 Luardos
Another Brockley Market stalwart, Luardos serves up contemporary Mexican food from their brightly coloured ‘Mexivan’, Mary. There’s always a queue for their simple, fresh and value-for-money burritos – 12” tortilla’s filled chicken, slow-cooked pork or beef cooked in spicy chipotle (or a veggie option) alongside rice, black beans, cheese, tomato salsa, sour cream, lettuce and fresh coriander.
Find them at: Brockley Market

6 Veganauti
Burgers are no longer a no-go for vegans. Veganauti at Greenwich Market knocks up some remarkable plant-based burger creations. Try the Pakora Burger, where east meets west in a flurry of flavour – a pakora patty (potato, aubergine, spinach and onion) topped with red cabbage and cranberry slaw, mint corriander and mango chutney. Or how about the Smokey Beet Burger, with a beetroot, red kidney beans and pea protein patty, vegan cheese, caramelised onion relish, mushroom and homemade BBQ sauce?
Find them at: Greenwich Market

7 Lords of Poké
When it comes to street food, there aren’t a huge number of options at the ‘lighter’ end of the scale. Enter Lords of Poke, who serve up fresh, Californian-inspired poké at a number of London’s street food hubs and now have a permanent residency at Peckham Levels. Poké is a delicious Hawaiian-inspired dish made up of fresh raw fish with lots of salad toppings and sushi rice – almost like deconstructed sushi. At Peckham Levels, you can enjoy their classic house poké bowls or build your own.
Find them at: Peckham Levels

8 Raastawala
Most street food is a two-handed affair, but Raastawala has nailed the art of street food you can actually eat on the street! Their Kolkata Kati rolls are wrapped in pillowy naan and filled with marinated grilled chicken, lamb or spiced chickpeas, topped with homemade salad and condiments, all made from India recipes adapted to London tastebuds. And with that spare hand, grab yourself a mango lassi to go with it.
Find them at: Catford Food Market

9 Marcel & Sons
Marcel & Sons hearty Bol Renverse is a wonderfully original, flavour-packed Mauritian dish. Essentially an upside down bowl, this rice dish is layered with chicken, shitake mushroom, choi sum (like pak choi) and Mauritian sausage, topped with a fried egg. It’s just the right balance of healthy – it has two veg in it! – and unashamedly wicked. After an unfortunate fire at a neighbouring unit, Marcel & Sons had to take an unplanned hiatus, but they’re back and still managed to bag a Time Out Love London 2018 award.
Find them at: The Artworks, Elephant 

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10 Rust Bucket Pizza Co
Pizza’s just pizza, right? Wrong! Rust Bucket Pizza Co performs some sort of dough-meets-cheese miracle in their little wood-fired pizza oven! Their margherita is a thing of beauty, made with organic mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil and gallons of extra virgin olive oil, it’s a delicious simple indulgence. Other Naples-style pizzas include Diavola with spicy salami, the Salsiccia E Friarielli with Neopolitan pork sausage and broccoli, and the Vegetariana, with roasted red peppers, courgette and mushroom. The do a vegan pizza too.
Find them at: Public, Woolwich 

11 KraPOW LDN
Sometimes, street food just had to be dirty, and since KraPOW LDN‘s krapow moo is an ode to the founder’s favourite Thai hangover-busting street food, you know you’re in for a good feed. The Thai-style spicy pork or chicken dish with brown jasmine rice and a runny fried egg is super good, but you should check out their moo ping too, which was voted the #MyLondonDish winner in 2017 as part of Sadiq Khan’s London is Open social media initiative.
Find them at: Deptford Bites

12 Hao Hao Chi
Hao Hao Chi, which literally means ‘very good eat’, got started at Oval Farmer’s Market and West Norwood Feast, and now they have a permanent spot at Peckham Levels. These guys serve up lesser known regional Chinese dishes, specialising in dumplings and jiamos (a meat sandwich that resembles a kebab – a good kebab, of course!), but we’re all over the Gong Bao Chicken rice bowl with cashew nuts.
Find them at: Peckham Levels

13 Los Pibes
Los Pibes at Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant & Castle is an Argentine grill that’s perfect for anyone following the principles of the Paleo Diet. The mixed grill comes complete with steak, spicy chorizo, non-spicy chorizo, fries and homemade chimichurri sauce. The menu is a mouthwatering list of big eats that require an appetite, from grilled chicken paninis to Don Diablo steak with jalapeno sauce, chorizo sandwiches and empanadas…
Find them at: Mercato Metropolitano

14 Original Fry-Up Material
Original Fry-Up Material has taken the best of the humble greasy spoon café and reinvented it for the street food generation. Their Brekkie Muffin puts the best of a fry-up into a bun, with a sausage patty, egg, bacon, cheese and secret recipe full English sauce. They also do eggs Florentine, hash browns and gloriously stacked cheese burgers, bacon burgers (with whiskey-cured smoked streaky bacon, no less) and really good veggie burgers.
Find them at: West Norwood Feast & Deptford Bites

15 SE Cakery
If you’re all about desserts, then SE Cakery be your number one street food. I’m all about the savoury, but even I couldn’t resist the lure of SE Cakery’s amazing Sundae Stacks, which start with a brownie base and work their way up to full sundae glory (think honeycomb brownie bar stacked up with vanilla ice cream and rocky road chunks inside a chocolate cupcake ‘case’). Then there are the Bruvnuts (that’s a brownie-stuffed doughnut ball, just so you know) and S’mores Shakes, which are SE Cakery-style freakshakes.
Find them at: Lewisham Model Market

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