Last weekend Tweat Up and Wahaca took over Street Feast at Dalston Yard with Chilli Chilli Bang Bang, a two-day street food event celebrating “the heat, fun and flavour of one of the world’s best loved ingredients – the MIGHTY chilli pepper”.
Chilli Chilli Bang Bang brought to London the best and spiciest street food, a main bar serving Jose Cuervo tequila cocktails, a Spice Market, a Hot Sauce Deli and demos with UK chefs.
As usual at Street Feast parties, there was a great atmosphere, everyone having a great time despite the short bouts of rain.
My tolerance for spicy food is not high, but I managed to try quite a few dishes (though I was too scared of taste Roti Chai‘s fiery naga chicken wings).
Here’s a round-up of some of the best food from Chilli Chilli Bang Bang, starting with Wahaca‘s Grilled Chicken Tortas with Habanero Mayo and Pork Pibil Tacos with pink pickled onions and habanero chillies.
Indian street food traders Rola Wala served naan sliders with Shredded BBQ Mint Chicken and Goan-Style Pulled Pork.
Unanimously rated by my friends as the festival’s highlight were Som Saa Thai dishes, in particular the Sweet Pork on betel leaves with “mouse sh*t chilli”.
5-Chilli Yuzu Reimen (Hot Cold Noodles) by Nanban, Japanese soul food by Chef Tim Anderson.
Malaysian food by Mandy and her stall Sambal Shiok: Chicken Satay Slider with spicy peanut sauce and Beef Rendang slider with sambak chilli sauce.
And Korean-American food by Busan BBQ: Bulgogi Beef in garlic soy marinade and Mehwah Beef Sliders with spicy jam; Pork Belly Slider in sticky gochujang sauce.
‘Nduja and Peppers Pizza by Pizza Pilgrims.
The legendary hot sauces by The Rib Man: Holy F*ck, Christ on a bike, F*ck Yuzu and Nagarita.
BAO‘s Taiwanese steamed buns with Slow Braised Pork Belly Gua Bao with dou ban jiang pickles and peanut powder.
Quinoa Burger with kiwi yoghurt and chilli mayo by Martin Morales’ Peruvian restaurant Andina.
Pork Wontons in a spicy, garlicky sauce and Chengdu Pork Wontons in a sour-hot soup by Bar Shu.
Finishing with a Street Feast classic: ice lollies by Ice Kitchen.
As usual, all the staff and traders did a fantastic job to ensure everyone had a great time! If you’ve never been to Street Feast, you are really missing out on one of London’s best food events!