Based on the last few posts you’d be forgiven for thinking that I don’t actually ever eat dinner at home and instead spend my evenings meandering around various street food events gorging on pounds of baby-back ribs, stuffing my face with buttermilk-fried chicken burgers and eating as much gooey macaroni cheese as I possibly can. Because if the past few weeks are anything to go by then you’re absolutely bang on as that’s exactly what I’ve been doing! Yep, I Victoria Plum, am a Street Food Slut and proud of it.
Never one to miss a gathering of street food vendors a few weeks ago I got my fix at Truckstop, a convergence of the UK’s best street food trucks held at Wood Wharf on Canary Wharf and organised by professional food-party starters Street Feast and Tweat Up. Befitting the Americana theme Truck Stop’s launch night was held on the 4th of July thus giving me the perfect excuse to neck bottles of pale ale and eat fried chicken to my heart’s content.
With the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf behind me and the River Thames twinkling in front, if I squinted I could very almost imagine that I was in New York, at a similar event called Smorgasburg held in Williamsburg, in Brooklyn. Admittedly Smorgasburg is on a much larger scale with around 75 to 100 vendors, and somewhat dwarfs the 20 vendors at Truck Stop, however both events share the same concept and ethos – roll out the best street food trucks into town at a waterside location and have a rollicking great time! Which is exactly what Mister Ruffles and I did, making a few new street food discoveries whilst getting to know the trucks and their owners along the way.
My favourite Truck Stop trucks were The Bell & Brisket who serve hand-brined salt beef beigels and rolls from an old horse-box, lovingly referred to as “the whoresbox” because of its rather fetching bordello-esque red tasselled lampshades! Their salt beef on a black rye roll served with homemade pickled red cabbage and blow-torched melted cheddar got my vote hands down, and I can honestly say its the best salt beef I’ve had since I went to Katz Deli in New York. Another great eat was Cheeky Italian’s meatloaf sub, an ingenious creation of a meatloaf-shaped hot dog with an oozing fontina cheese centre and topped with a marinara sauce. It was heavenly! And last but by no means least was Anna Mae’s for some of their signature mac n cheese, definitely not a new discovery but a much loved old street food favourite. I had the Spicy Juan which is a hearty serving of creamy mac n cheese topped with jalapeno peppers, chipotle sauce and a huge dollop of sour cream and coriander. It really is comfort food at its best.
To finish our evening off we caught up with Noshable Adam from Tweat Up who introduced us both to Chillibacks; a shot of Jose Cuervo tequila followed by a shot of Breddo’s Tacos chilli juice which was a tangy, fiery and totally delicious combination that put a spring (and then a wobble!) in our step en route home on the DLR!
Truckstop are back on the 1st Thursday and Friday of the month in August and September. Tickets are only £10 and in exchange you get $10 to spend at the bar. To purchase tickets and more info visit their website.