Monday, 2 July 2012

Stockmkt Night Market, Bermondsey

Holding an outdoor night market was always gonna be risky. Rain. Wind. Pigeon excrement. But thankfully last Thursday the heavens didn't open, and the pigeons held it in, for Stockmkt, a travelling night market - this time round in Bermondsey Square. It mainly focusses on street food from around the globe but other knick knacks including jewellery, vintage clothes and crafts were on offer AND there was a cool DJ. People were calling it Little Glastonbury. Drunk people. Anyway, the food was the real star of the show, here's the lowdown on some of the stuff we sampled:
This is takoyaki from the guys at Pom Pom Takoyaki. I first had it not long ago at Curry Ono in Brixton, but they had 3 different types this time - a traditional octopus one, a pea and potato, and chicken teriyaki. I insisted we keep things authentic and get some octopus. They were lovely if a smidge tricky to eat in the ladylike fashion I am so accustomed to. 
This is a rather dapper looking chap from Kamm & Sons, makers of a new ginseng spirit. It's also made using grapefruit peel, echinacea, manuka honey and goji berries - how exotic! (they're based in Clapham). It sounded suspiciously like a health food but it didn't take much persuading for us to try a couple. We had a lychee cocktail and one with bitter lemon. It tastes quite similar to gin and both cocktails were splendiferous. Thank you, dapper man.
We visited Indian street food outlet Horn OK Please, who were selling dosas, thin South Indian pancakes usually made from rice flour, filled with a mildly spiced potato mix and traditionally served with a fresh coconut chutney and a thin lentil daal. Usually they look like this but these ones were made with lentil flour instead, so the pancakes were much thicker in consistency:
Their version of bhel puri was great, a crunchy, soft, sweet and tangy indian snack made from chickpeas, crunchy sev, yoghurt, a little red onion and most importantly an imli chutney, a thin, sort-of dressing - made from sour tamarind and sweetened with dates or brown sugar. HOP added pomegranate seeds to their bhel which was cool, lovely bursts of sweetness. Sadly I didn't get a pic but below is my friend's b-e-a-ut serving of chickpea chaat, the best veggie dinner one could hope for.
Really quite full by this point, we made a Ginseng spirit-induced decision to visit Fleisch Mob for some sausage action. Look out for them, they show up all over South London - Brockley Market, Brixton Market and other foodie festivals that pitch up over the summer. 
We settled on sharing the hot dog with a sausage that had Emmental cheese running through the middle. Because sausages need to be that little more suggestive. It was great, and as good as you'd get in Austria or Germany, the proper curry sauces and ketchups were there to go with it and everything. 
We had zero space left for the sweet treats on offer, but did manage try a sample of the cupcakes from Chai Cupcakes which were amazing, and were tempted by the shakes at Retro Shakes via Yummy Boutiqueone of my friends had the CANDYFLOSS milkshake which sounds like a match made in Heaven. And then sicked up from Heaven later. 
All in all a brilliant evening, and judging by the size of the crowds there, Stockmkt will definitely be back. See you there.

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