This is for a series of posts related to a London 2014 trip including:
The Ledbury, Founder's Arms, Fishcoteque, Borough Market, Fortnum & Mason Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, Tayyabs, Giraffe: Heathrow, Park Plaza Westminster, & Wagamama: Heathrow.
I love a good market. Better yet, I love one that's centered around food. If there's one place in London I had to check out, it was Borough Market. So after a morning at Shakespeare's Globe, we sauntered over to abate our hungry bellies.
The outer ring features a myriad of charcuterie or cheese options.
And further in the Market, you've got plenty of food vendors featuring their specialized goods.
Heidi Pie & Minty Mushy Peas [4 Pounds + 1 Pound = $6.55 + $1.64]
Goat's cheese, sweet potato, spinach, red onion
Our first taste of Borough Market came from Pieminster. We opted for the minty mushy peas, which were the best iteration we've had the entire trip. Slightly herbaceous, with whole sweet peas studded throughout the mash, it was a winner.
But in the end, it was all about the pie. The crispy, buttery crust of the pie was studded with sesame seeds and lent its way to moist bits of chicken interspersed with creamy sweet potato, spinach, red onion, and tangy goat cheese.
From there, we walked over to Scotchtails to get a taste of a proper Scotch Egg.
Pork, sage, rosemary, thyme, onion, rocket greens
It was beautifully presented, split down the middle to showcase that slightly runny yolk. The Scotch Egg was crisp on the outside, with a great inner circle of pork and sage sausage to provide some savoriness. This all encompassed that beautifully soft-poached egg.
The rocket greens were lightly dressed with vinaigrette and its bitterness helped to cut through the richness of each bite.
From there, we took a turn into Thailand, with Khanom Krok.
Emulating the open-air vendors in Thailand, bean sprouts and eggs were being cooked over an open flame, contributing to our next bite of Borough Market.
Chicken Pad Thai [5.50 Pounds = $9]
The chicken pad thai was light, with all the classic flavors you'd expect. The noodles had great chew, with the nuggets of egg heightening the savoriness of the moist chicken. I also appreciated the texture and nuttiness from the crushed peanuts.
But the best bite - possibly of the trip? It came from Khanom Krok's sweet coconut pancakes.
Sweet Coconut Pancakes [3.50 Pounds = $5.73]
These sweet pockets of joy were texturally on point. The crispness of the pancakes provided a great vessel to house the creamy pools of coconut studded with either black sesame, white sesame, or sweet corn. I'd fly across the Atlantic just to get another bite of these bad boys.
So if you're visiting London, definitely check out the restaurants and pubs. But you're doing yourself a disservice if you neglect to head over to Borough Market to grab lunch or pick out some things for a nice picnic by the Thames. And for God's sakes - hunt those coconut pancakes down!
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