Mother Clucker Van

Restaurants, American Brick Lane
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Venue name: Mother Clucker Van
Address: Ely's Yard Car Park
91 Brick Lane
E1 6QL
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I made the mistake of choosing this van out of all the other sweet-smelling vans that encircle the space outside the Truman Brewery (not to mention the numerous eateries surrounding it) on a bright and sunny afternoon a few months back. I was served by quite possibly the most unenthusiastic members of staff I've ever encountered and waited inordinately long for a few strips of fried chicken and some chips. I went on to feel nauseous for a good few days afterward. Safe to say that I won't be returning and have told everyone I know that they shouldn't bother either.


As my quest for the best fried chicken continues, I thought I'd give Mother Clucker a go. I don't know if I maybe stumbled upon them on a less-than-stellar evening or just got a slightly sadder batch of chicken strips but the whole experience was less exciting than I had envisioned. I waited a little while for the woman to eventually take my order even though there was no queue and then I waited about 15 mins for my chicken tenders. The chicken was moist and that was great and you could tell that the batter could have been great too, but I got a batch that had burnt patches and it really overshadowed the bits that were tasty. I was also given lime mayonnaise but I didn't really catch the lime part of it.  I still kind of want to go back to see if I catch them on a good day (and to see if the chips are good too) but I'll be trying other places before I return here I reckon. 


Mother Clucker is one of my guilty pleasures- first experienced at Model Market in Dalston in the form of a shared Cluckwhich- that’s a mammoth sandwich of two slices of ‘Texan toast’ stuffed with a slab of fried chicken thigh and a slice of cheese- I’ve been visiting the Old Truman’s Brewery site ever since. The Cajun spices used to toss the French fires and in the batter is matchless, imparting both bold flavour and a kick of heat. The chicken strips are always perfectly tender with a crunchy batter coating and the meal deal- £9 for a drink, Cajun fries and chicken strips- is the ultimate hangover cure or a behemoth lunch for the hungry. The secret is that the meat is tea-brined, drenched in a buttermilk coating and fired twice.

Serving out of a converted US Army ambulance, the staff are always very chatty, preparing everything in front of you and offering portions of hot pepper sauce and lime mayonnaise to your exact instructions. The Old Truman’s Brewery site is good because seating is often available in this less visited corner of a small cluster of excellent vendors, only a skip away from the bustling Old Spitalfields Market.

Head down on a Sunday for a treat or hit them up for a hunger-busting lunch if you work in the Liverpool Street area. This is really ample and finger-licking good food that will make any belly happy. It’s simple and perfectly made, seasoned well and immensely satisfying. You’ll struggle to find better fried chicken that Mother Clucker’s in any street food market in London.

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