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Pani Poori and Snack Stall next to Thattukada (London)

JFores | May 7, 201012:25 PM     21

Hello all,

I just got back from a very good meal at Thattukada, but that's not what I'm writing about (though it is notable to say that they refurbished part of their bathrooms, have an English language specials board updated daily and that their crab masala was awesome with impressively fresh crab.)

Instead I'm here to announce that I've encountered the most genuinely street foody enterprise I have ever seen in London. This guy is running a legitimate Indian-style pani poori stand! It operates outside of the misc religious items store next to Thattukada and it seems to be the same owners. It's also making a killing.

The pani poori chat filling is slightly bland, but his water (brown) is really really tasty. Nice overall flavor and you have the option of getting sweet pani poori. 5 for a quid too! Made to order and immediately placed in your little bowl as you stand there so you can eat them one by one.

He also has samosa chat which I only had a bit of so far as I got it take away. It's good, but the pani poori are better. That's a quid as well.

Finally, he's got a big pot of lamb soup which is basically just broth with chunks of bone in it. Not much meat, but REALLY good broth, one pound and the marrow inside the bones is quite tasty.

His stall also says he does lime juice, rose milk and lassi though I don't think he'll have them till it's warmer out. All in all great stuff. Nice addition to the area. Another new place is a Keralan restaurant which opened up in the half of the Overdraft Tavern (pub) that used to show cricket. I need to get there, but Thattukada keeps calling me...

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