On a bright sunny Saturday we decided to go to the Carnaby Street Eat Festival in London as my brother was in town. Street Eat is one of London’s free street food festivals and was being held on Saturday 11 August 2018 between 12 – 6pm.
We started with 2 buns from Jinjuu. The Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) Bun was filled with crispy double fried chicken glazed in Jinjuu’s signature sauce served in a brioche. The flavour was mouth watering addictive! We also shared a Bossam Pork Belly Bun which was bursting with pulled pork, kimchi, pickled cucumber, iceberg lettuce & mayo. Since the KFC bun was a lot stronger in flavour the pork belly bun paled a little in comparison. You should start with the pork belly bun and then the KFC bun.
We wandered further down Kingly Street trying to move between the crowds who were also enjoying the festival and came across the Korean Restaurant Myungga stall. We chose the chicken dumpling and chicken noodle. The chicken noodles were moorish and I preferred it over the dumplings which were ok but not outstanding.
As we moved from Kingly Street onto Beak Street we came across Inko Nito. We had bumped into @jimboiuk earlier and he had recommended the beef cheek & butter lettuce wrap, korean miso and pickled daikon. Of course, we had to order the beef cheek and found that it was SOOO tender! The flavour combination meant that it was gone in a couple of bites. We could have easily ordered another one. Thanks Jim for a great recommendation!
We continued to wander and saw the long communal tables lining the length of Carnaby Street. A couple of people who were having ramen on the communal table advised us to go towards the top of Kingly Street. There were also a few burger bun stalls at the top of Kingly Street. Whyte & Brown had a gorgeous looking BBQ pulled chicken bap but we had already ordered our Hakata Tonkotsu ramen from the Shoryu stall.
The Hakata Tonkotsu ramen soup was made with a 12 hour pork broth and comes with char siu barbecue pork belly, kikurage mushrooms, spring onion, sesame, ginger, nori seaweed. We found it difficult to eat this standing up so we we headed to the colourful communal picnic table to enjoy it and soak up the atmosphere.
Our final selection was dessert. It was difficult to choose between Bread Ahead’s donuts or Inko Nito’s coconut soft serve. We decided on Inko Nito’s charred coconut soft serve with sweet soy, Japanese granola & green tea pocky. It was a petite size easily shared between two. I liked that it was not too sweet. By the time we finished the coconut soft serve, I was bursting.
What a great day! I’m so full I skipped dinner. Do put this in your diary for next year. I am already looking forward to 2019’s Carnaby Street Eat Festival!