If you’re local to Portsmouth, you may know that the southern heats of the British Street Food Awards were held in Gunwharf Quays this bank holiday weekend. British street food is growing increasingly more popular, especially in London, and so vendors are having to try even harder than before to create food that is unique and appealing to the public. The 2019 awards attracted several vendors from the South to compete for a place in the finals in London this year – including Portsmouth locals, Need Street Food.
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In case you haven’t already guessed – I LOVE food – so I couldn’t resist heading over to Gunwharf Quays on Monday to try some great street food and cast my vote.
The street food traders competing were:
Beyroots Lebanese Street Food – find them here
Indian Street Kitchen – find them here
Bunnymans Bunnychow – find them here
Dolly Does It All 2CV – find them here
ROK Kitchen – find them here
Flour Power Pizza Parlour – find them here
Dumpling Dumpling – find them here
Need Street Food – find them here
Pabellon Venezuelan Food – find them here
Turo Turo – find them here
Utter Waffle – find them here
Staks Souvlaki Bar – find them here
Carne N’ Carvao
The first on our list to try were Dumpling Dumpling – a local vendor from the Isle of Wight who are also located at Outside-In Food Court in Portsmouth. Serving up aptly named ‘flavourbombs’, you can choose from a range of dumplings filled with fusion flavours. We chose the chicken tikka dumpling, served with an Asian salad – and it was delicious.
Next up on our list to try ere Portsmouth locals Need Street Food – and the main reason I wanted to head over to Gunwharf Quays for the awards! Need Street Food contribute a portion of every sale to their cause – so every order you place funds the shipment of packets of life-saving food to a programme treating malnutrition. Eat good food, that does good!
Need Street food were offering french dip rolls, filled with slow cooked 24 hour brisket, pickles and mustard – served with a pot of gravy for dipping. Doesn’t that sound delicious?
Here’s the french dip roll in all its glory – meaty deliciousness housed in a soft brioche bun.
For us, the french dip roll was so tasty and unique that it got our vote – and it’s always good to support a local business! The question is – do you dip or do you pour your gravy? I decided to dip – messy but so worth it.
We then headed over to Pabellon Venezuelan Food to try one of their arepas – something I tried for the first time a few weeks ago at Outside-In, and I’m OBSESSED. They’re delicious!
We decided to go with the chicken arepa – a corn pocket stuffed with slow cooked chicken, cheese, pico de gallo, plantain, spicy sauce, garlic sauce and avocado. A BIG portion packing a big flavour punch.
Served up with a portion of paprika coated sweet potato fries (which were also amazing), the chicken arepa was overflowing with the best, fresh ingredients – a delicate harmony of flavours that works so well together – especially the sweetness of the plantain. Seriously good, and if you get the opportunity to try one – you should!
Our final stop for the day was at Staks Souvlaki Bar for a traditional greek souvlaki (similar to a gyro). We chose the chicken souvlaki, and it did not disappoint! A generously sized portion of chicken, tomatoes, onions, coriander, tzatziki and paprika dusted fries, wrapped in a freshly cooked pita.
I could easily eat these every day – the souvlaki earned a spot in second place for me, coming in just after the french dip roll from Need Street Food. Souvlaki (or gyro) is a seriously tasty traditional greek street food that is always satisfying.
The winners for the southern heats of the British Street Food Awards were Pabellon Venezuelan Food (for the peoples vote), Indian Street Kitchen and Turo Turo (joint winners from the judges). There was so much excellent food on offer that we didn’t manage to try it all – but what we did have was excellent!
I’m curious to know – what is your favourite street food? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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