Every day is a food festival at Surrey Street Market
Well I’ve kicked the virus at last. It really was one of those that knocks the stuffing out of you so I hope it’s done with the people of Croydon now!
So, now I have my appetite back I’ve been enjoying the amazing street food on Surrey Street Market. I’ve always loved street food. People often think it should be reserved for the summer but, for me, there is nothing more comforting than cradling hot food in your hands on a really cold day.
It reminds me of the baked potatoes and hot soup I enjoyed as a child on Bonfire Night. A meal from the market is my treat to myself each week I’m out with my Avon stall, and I’ll often swing by and get something when I’m in town at lunch time.
Everyday is a world food festival on Surrey Street. We’ve already talked about the wonderful George Whatle and his Caribbean food. His chicken or fish and rice really is the best in town as far as I’m concerned, in fact probably the best in the UK and beyond!
I’m really lucky in that my stall is directly opposite Thomas and Mei Liu who cook the best Chinese food I have ever tasted. I am tempted as soon as they arrive and start work on their freshly prepared and cooked to order dishes. I tend to get busy at lunch time so often have a noodle or rice ‘brunch’ dish. The couple travel from Kent six days a week to cook for us and, like George, are popular among the surrounding office workers and the market traders.
For a quick, cheap and healthy snack you can not beat Rahim’s Afghan wraps. Again, everything is freshly cooked to order so you can watch and have an entertaining chat with him as he places a wrap on his iron griddle and smothers it with your choice of fillings and his own special recipe chilli and coriander sauce.
Rahim is passionate about introducing the traditional street food from his homeland to his new local community and has many a tale to share about how the food is prepared and enjoyed in Afghanistan.
A new addition to our lunch time choices is Rosy and her beautifully fresh mexican wraps. Rosy has only been on Surrey Street a few weeks and is amazing in running her stall all on her own. Her wraps are healthy, very tasty and deceiving in how hearty and filling they are. I have yet to finish one in a single meal.
The wonderful thing about George, Thomas and Mei, Rahim and Rosy is that they are cooking food from their homeland, enabling us to enjoy real authentic cooking at street food prices.
This proper, nutritious ‘fast food’ is, in my opinion, one of the biggest secrets of Surrey Street. When you see the queues in other fast food outlets in our town, I’m surprised you can even move in Surrey Street at lunch times. I’ll be sharing more about each of these amazing cooks and their food in the coming weeks.
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