Hunting for food: Camden Markets

Hi, my name is Sofia and I’m addicted to eating good food… but you already knew that. Also that introduction sort of sounded like the beginning of an Alcoholics Anonymous discussion. 

Anyways- Last Sunday, Mark and I decided to make use of the sunny weather that is currently blessing London. We started off on a cultural adventure to the British Museum, which went really well until an hour in when we started realising just how hungry we were and how desperate our love for food conquered finding out all about ancient Egypt- (which by the way is definitely my favourite part). So we quickly left and eagerly made our way to Camden.

I know what you’re thinking… wait, girl, you’ve never been to CAMDEN’S FOOD MARKETS? Sofia, aka EASTLONDONFOODGIRL I was rooting for you. WELL, you’ll be happy to know I have. However, on a serious note, I’d never really had the chance to take my camera out and write about it after – “Mark we have to eat one more thing so I can add it in” – the classic one liner I can now use at leisure. Plus, as I am true to my name, I do usually hang around the food markets like Brick Lane and Broadway market. Needless to say, we were super excited to be back trying out all the food. We started off in Camden lock and went straight for the halloumi fries stall. OK – that’s a lie, we did a whole lap pushing and shoving our way around as it was hot and busy and because we needed to scope out ALL our options. Nevertheless, we headed to the fries first.

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These. Are. So. Good. The salty halloumi goes SO WELL with all the toppings and really compliments the middle eastern flavours of Sumac and Za’atar. The pomegranate also helps to provide the freshness as the dish is naturally very rich in flavour profiles. YUM. I highly recommend you try these if you haven’t already.  The perfect starter – especially for a cheese lover like myself!

Next, we hunted out our next dish. Don’t you love how I’m using ‘hunting’ as my chosen adjective. We take our food searching seriously. We decided to avoid the tasty burgers and pasta- Mark even made me say no to the mac & cheese because we’d had it on our last trip (BORING- jokes he had a point). We finally settled for the Kati Rolls, as we’d never tried them before.

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This was essentially a chicken curry, topped with sauces, vegetables and fresh herbs put into a paratha wrap. The paratha was so buttery and flakey and the curry was aromatic and flavourful. My favourite part of eating a curry is having some naan bread with it and a paratha wrap to me felt like a clever hybrid of the two!

While we were walking around, I also needed to quench my thirst and the square root soda bar caught my eye! We went for the mango and lime flavour. I don’t usually like fizzy drinks but this was refreshing and tangy- certainly great for a hot long day of walking around hunting for….more food to eat.  p.s please excuse the nails in the photo. and if you didn’t notice them until I pointed it out let’s all pretend we never read this…..

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RIGHT, one more place before we headed for dessert. Hummuslina, located in the stables area of Camden market. They had kindly invited me to go and try some of their hummus out. Mark and I decided to go for the ‘Hummus Lina’, which was topped with aubergine and eggs- (I must admit, I’ve never had hummus and eggs as a combo but you can’t beat it until ya try it!). They freshly prepare each order of hummus and make their own pita as well. My ultimate verdict? While fresh and certainly tasty, it’s not the best hummus I have had- I’ve got to be honest. This may be because both Mark and I both grew up in the Middle East and probably got used to the authentic (and cheap) hummus from Bahrain and Dubai.  (I’ve also mentioned that about 10 times now but you know- a girl know’s her HUMMUS) I will say, we LOVED their fresh pita bread, it was a lot fluffier and lighter than typical pitta which made the optimum conditions for double (or triple) dunking.

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With our stomachs almost full we ended our trip at the famous Chin Chin Labs- the ice cream frozen to order with liquid nitrogen, which is part gimmicky part ‘okay that’s pretty cool’. We caught the optimum time of the day where the line was short and even managed to snag a table to sit- wahoo. We decided to try the hot chocolate with homemade marshmallow fluff (my favourite out of the two) and the Brownwich with tonka bean ice cream – ( and in case you didn’t know you can choose what flavour you’d like to have in this).  The tonka bean ice cream was a bit underwhelming, but the brownwich cookies made up for it. If you’re like me and you like a soft gooey cookie then you’ll love this. Yet, the winner for me (and I’m sure for other sweet tooths alike) was the hot chocolate. The marshmallow fluff- DESPITE being super sweet, was perfect. Who doesn’t love to stuff their hot chocolate mugs in the winter with as many marshmallows as they can fit so it all melts on the top? This is exactly like that- but on steroids. I couldn’t finish the whole thing personally but I did find myself saying, “Just one more spoon and then I’m done!”

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All I can say is YUM. I felt like the fattest person ever after this trip to Camden but it was all totally worth it. Does anyone else have their favourite Camden eats to recommend? Let me know!

XOXO,

EASTLONDONFOODGIRL

(I like signing off as gossip girl- I’m going to do that more often)

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