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Some stalls at Brick Lane Market, London


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Some stalls at Brick Lane Market, London

limster | May 26, 2008 09:30 AM

• Brazilian Food Stall
Good salgadinhos (fried snacks). Good deep-frying, with a nice clean finish to the food. Coxinha consists of minced chicken (fairly moist) flavoured light with herbs and spices (wished for a touch more) and then battered and deep fried.

Kibe is just like the Lebanese version -- ground beef, with some dark spices, also fried.

Pao de queijo (cheese bread) has a nice salty cheesy flavour and with a good chew

Mousse de maracuja is a passionfruit mousse; this version is topped with real passionfruit seeds and has a nice fruitty flavour that comes up over the condensed milk.

Probably one of my favourite stalls so far, looking forward to trying their feijoada.

• Takoyaki stall
A firm piece of octopus on the inside, surrounded by soft dough. The outside could be a touch crispier, and more bonito flakes would be better. But pretty good overall.

• Fried Japanese Food stall
Not too greasy overall, fairly decent oil even if not 100% fresh by the time I got to the stall. They refry cooled stuff so you'll get something hot.

Spicy chicken karaage was decent, probably spiced up with tobasco sauce in the batter. The double frying certainly helps the texture of the batter.

Salmon rice croquette is essentially a battered and fried onigiri, with salmon flakes insinuated into the triangle of rice.

Banana doughnuts are pretty cool - a chunk of banana inside a ball of fried dough that's dusted with sugar.

Decent on the whole, even if its not the best of its kind.

• Tibetan Momo Stall (wasn't there this week)
Chinese shui3 jiao3, northern style dumplings, masquerading as momos. A weak chilli soy with soy sauce, rather than the earthy robust ground chilli.

• Yakitori stall
A decent negi (green onion and chicken thigh) skewer. Ok seasoning, but nothing exceptional; probably better at Donzoko.

• Okonomiyaki stall
Fairly ordinary okonomiyaki, largely consisting of batter and shredded cabbage, with some melted cheese on top and a worchestershire like sauce (resembling those served with fried breadcrumbed Japanese foods). Finished with lines of mayonaisse and parsley.

• Portuguese Stall
A pudim flan that's not bad - fairly eggy, and a nice balance between wobbly lightness and stiff dense richness. I'm more of a fan of the so dense your fork will stand up version, but nothing wrong with this rendition.

• Peruvian stall (looks like they replaced the momo stall...)
Delicious cod and quinoa stew. Loved the savoury base of the stew (tomatoes? herbs? with fish stock?) and the beautiful baubles of quinoa with a lovely touch of earthiness.

Pretty good alfajores although the shortbread could be crisper (more butter would do the trick) and the dulce de leche inside could be just a touch more sour.

• Spanish stall
A honest tortilla espanol - a thick potato omelette. I thought the potatoes were a touch too mushy about it's perhaps a quibble. Will probably try their paella soon.

• Turkish Stall
Boureka were a bit skimpy on the filling, I caught bits of cheese and that was about it. Interesting looking stews, maybe those would be better.

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