When Summer rolls around I whip out the wishlist, eager to start ticking off my favourite activities in a season that feels short but oh so sweet. Although street food can usually be done all year round, in *almost* any weather, there’s something ridiculously satisfying about being able to eat in the warmth of the evening sun. So as soon as there was a glimpse of better weather ahead (back towards the end of May!) James and I went slightly South-East to check out Hawker House.
Last year, Street Feast found a fourth home in Canada Water, filling a cavernous warehouse with thirst-quenching drinks and tasty dining options. I didn’t manage to get there before the temperatures tumbled and social hibernation began, but when I heard it was planning to take on a tropical vibe for summer I was keen to squeeze it into a bit of a busy summer schedule. So the begining of summer it was!
We arrived before 7pm to find the place virtually to ourselves.
Plenty of space to consider each option without the worry of having to make a quick decision and join a big queue. We were starving so we started small with street food favourites, Breddos.
Crispy fried chicken on a soft tortilla, topped with crunchy carrot and onion and a spicy sauce.
The combination of textures and flavours was delicious.
Before we carried onto our next dish we wandered around, Hawker House (or any street food event) is a great place to people watch. Doesn’t everyone seem so happy enjoying street food?
Bob’s Lobster won the award for snazziest set up.
But I had my eye on Yum Bun from the start.
Who can resist those fluffy buns and that super succulent pork belly?
James was ready to move on to his main pretty quickly and joined the queue for Smokestak.
Naturally I had to sample the juicy meat and salty chips, whilst I sipped on my cocktail. (Blogger research purposes and all that…) The meat was lip-smackingly good. The rum cocktail got me into the summer vibe.
Before I made my mains choice I made sure I double checked all of the options available, returning back inside…
And examining the tiki huts outside.
I was keen to try some street food I hadn’t had before so I went for Yu kyu.
I could have eaten all of these options but when an ample portion of fried chicken and potato wedges was handed to me, I realised there was no chance I’d squeeze in pumpkin croquettes too. If only you could temporarily grow a bigger belly for greedy occassions like these.
It did make a nice change to the pulled pork I’m often drawn to on evenings like this, but I struggled to eat it all. I was also tactically saving space for dessert. There was no way I was going home without trying Chin Chin’s nitro ice-cream.
It was like watching a science experiment, seeing dry ice swirl up form the food mixers and blow torches burn marshmellow topped hot chocolates.
(I’ll be going back for one of those come autumn!)
But the end result was more delicious than anything I’d have managed at school.
Burnt caramel ice-cream sandwiched between a cookie/brownie sprinkled with flecks of salt. Yummy! I definitely need to go to their ice cream parlour in Camden now.
Fully satisified and carrying a decent food baby we left the revellers to enjoy the rest of the evening and wandered back towards home in the sunshine.
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Hawker House is pretty family friendly early in the evening and great for groups later on. It felt much more spacious than the ones I’ve been to that are closer to the city, which gives it a more laid-back vibe.
It’s open Friday (5pm to late) and Saturday (Noon to late). It’s less than five minutes away from the tube station, on the Jubilee line and Overground.
Have you been street feasting yet this summer?