Horn OK Please
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This Mumbai-style snack stand moves around London, but can sometimes be found as part of the Real Food Festival, where it spices up any visit to the South Bank
This Indian street-food stall moves around like a monsoon up the Malabar coast. It’s currently part of the Real Food Market, which pops up Friday to Sunday behind the Southbank Centre. Their Mumbai-style snack food spices up any visit to the South Bank but it can also be found at Borough Market Monday to Wednesday.
It offers food that’s very tasty and inexpensive, and you don’t have to hang around for it. They have a choice of three dishes: the bhel puri (£3) is a snack of puffed rice, sev (crisp yellow chickpea noodles), chickpeas and sweet and sour dressings; the dosa (puctured above, £5) is a wafer-thin crêpe filled with spicy potatoes, with a bhel puri topping; the samosa chat (£5) is a vegetable samosa topped with bhel puri mix. There aren't any seats but you can sit on one of the nearby steps and drink in the view of the bustling market below.
A fiver buys you a substantial portion of vegetarian food – surely the best deal on the South Bank. If you only order one thing get the bhel puri: it transports you straight to the seaside stalls of Mumbai, without the ten-hour flight. ‘Horn OK Please’ is the polite slogan painted on the rear bumpers of many commercial vehicles in India – so give this stall a toot before you pass by.
Real Food Market
behind Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd
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