Lunch from The Kitchens at Old Spitalfields Market

It had been years since I had been to Spitalfields Market, in particular Old Spitalfields Market, and so one lunch time I was pleased to be invited down to try some of the food available there. 

I arrived and saw a really lovely area called  The Kitchens at Old Spitalfields Market where there is a handpicked collection of ten traders with a blend of of contemporary dishes to try.  This initiative is championed by Nuno Mendes, who owns restaurant Taberna do Mercado on the edge of the market. This project is part of Ten Ten, a creative organisation headed by him and hospitality consultant Stephen Macintosh. 

As I walked around The Kitchens contemplating what to eat for lunch my nose was drawn to John Li and Yee Li’s Dumpling Shack. I saw Wontons and suddenly that is all I wanted to devour. I chose the Prawn Wontons in Sichuan Chilli Oil as I am rather obsessed with the numbing effect that Sichuan Chilli brings on, an addiction I obtained on my trip to Hong Kong. 

I can’t even give these wontons justice in words but trust me they were absolutely incredible and I know I will definitely be back to sample some more from Dumpling Shack. 

To refresh and hydrate myself I sipped on an iced tea from High Mood Food, which is a new health food concept with a unique focus on fermentation. It was absolutely delicious.

I then pondered what to try next and settled on a Steamed Roast Pork Belly bun with kakuni sauce, cucumber and spring onion from Yum Bun. The pork belly was cooked to perfection and all the flavours caused an epic taste explosion in my mouth. It was also a generous size and by this point my stomach was full!

I really enjoyed my lunch and am rather envious of people who work nearby who can pop in to get something super tasty for their meal! 

There were other stalls which I will definitely be trying next time including Bleecker Burger, Merkamo for Ethiopian food, Berber and Q and Laphet. I might drag a friend so we can try more of everything!

It is open 7 days a week so a great place to try on the weekend too. There are ample seats around to enjoy your food on, as well as a bar where you can take food brought from Old Spitalfields into.

Have you been to Old Spitalfields Market? What is your favourite dish there?xx


About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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  1. Angie wrote:

    This food looks so tasty!!

    Posted 8.23.18 Reply
  2. Laura wrote:

    I love this kind of street food! It looks delicious!

    Posted 8.23.18 Reply
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