London (& Leeds) Street Food: Rola Wala
Now that the sun is out in London street food collective KERB has started popping up around London (you can find them at Canary Wharf, UCL, the Gherkin, the Southbank Centre and King’s Cross), and my favourite is the King’s Cross residency in Granary Square as all I have to do to get there from my London base is to grab a good book and hop on the Hammersmith & City line (or, if I’m coming from Canterbury just walk straight off the train). I’ve been visiting a fair bit with my camera, and while I did originally plan to do one big feature showcasing several vendors (that still may happen) today I wanted to tell you about a fantastic Indian wrap I had from Rola Wala, because this month they are popping up at Trinity Kitchen’s indoor street food collective in Leeds, so non-Londoners have a chance to get a slice of the action for a change, too!
Regular readers will know that my love for Indian food is very new, and in the kitchen I’m still pretty shaky. I have not yet produced a curry that I am actually happy with. However, out of the house I’m diving head first into new flavours, culminating last month with a massive lunchtime spread at Dishoom and this rather awesome street food naan wrap. Think incredible curried meats (they serve Coriander Chicken Tikka, Venison Vindaloo, BBQ Lamb Rogan Josh, Chilli Paneer, South Indian Omelette and my filling of choice, Goan Pulled Pork) topped off with fresh and crispy garnishes and mouthwatering chutneys. This is all wrapped up in a warm and toasty naan. It is all fresh to order, and, as is obvious from these pictures a joy to watch them make, too!
So my verdict? Apart from the fact it was so juicy I had to take care not to drip all over my clothing (I’d learnt during a previous week to take tissues in my bag to KERB) it was spicy (but too much) had some lovely crunch, and a great balance of flavours. It also made for a really filling lunch too, sitting out there on the square in the sun, watching the fountains and reading the omelette chapter of Mastering The Art of French Cookery.
So, which street food vendors around London this coming Summer street food season can I recommend? Well, I’ve always been a massive fan of Big Apple Hot Dogs, and last year at Street Feast Europe I fell hard for Bao London’s steamed buns. I’m also putting together a feature when I have time to shoot some more photos on Kimchinary, the incredible Korean Barbecue Burrito concept that has me feeling so many amazing fusion foodie things. As far as what I’d like to try this Summer, I’ve been eyeing up Yum Bun, What The Dickens, Crabbieshack, Ice Kitchen, Fundi Pizza, and I still can’t believe that I’ve never had a Bleeker St. Burger.