I love street food. There’s something so comforting about an on-the-spot hot dog which can definitely compete with any homemade casserole dish you grew up eating. The thing with street food, is that it allows you to try new things while staying in your comfort zone: you’ve had pizza, sandwiches, doughnuts etc before, BUT a good street food stall will base its success on the beautiful twist they add to true classics. My excitement was at its peak when Bitten Street market hit Oxford last week-end.
Milly has been in exam period for over a week now, and she really needed to take a break from swallowing 250 words of Latin vocab per day. Food was the solution. Food is ALWAYS the solution. We headed on the sunniest Saturday of the year so far to the Oxford castle, very hungry and very hyped.
We got there at 12.30 and it was incredibly busy. More people with a shared love for food than I’d expected. We had to be strategic, queue-wise. We had a quick walk around to spot what we wanted and split into tow teams once we chose what we wanted to eat.
Mills went to queue for a burger at Lord and Lady food which sold out not long after – it was really close.
I waited in line for pulled pork tacos.
After a 20min wait – which wasn’t that bad compared to how many people were there – Milly joined me in the queue holding the most comforting of things: a 6oz beef burger, topped with brisket and enhanced by a beautiful brioche bun, cheese and an amazing sauce.
Both of those we very difficult to eat, meaning our fingers smelt like BBQ sauce all afternoon – not a negative thing if that’s what you thought: Mills caught me in the library sniffing my fingers…
There was also a Vietnamese place, which served banh mi. They served pho but I didn’t have a chance to try it. Although I would really like to taste their sandwich next time. I always find it funny when Banh Mi is considered THE authentic vietnamese food… The truth being that baguette sandwiches are originally French, and banh mi is a heritage of French colonialism and therefore it’s just a French sandwich with a vietnamese twist which has become part of Vietnamese street food items… But I still love it!
There was a cupcake stand but it only looked alright… I will be forever faithful to Crumbs and Doilies… Except when I go to America, the home of cupcakes… Instead, we tried a very great concept: Crumble shack! You choose your fruit filling, the flavoured topping, and you get a pot of custard to soak the beautiful bowl of goodness.
There’s a guy making the custard from scratch, sign of true deliciousness.
Milly and I didn’t think about our choice of combo for too long: we asked for honey and plum filling, with shortbread and ginger crumble topping. And we drenched our bowl in custard. In the sun. With live saxophone playing in the back.
The weather was on our side that day, and we truly had the best time. Although it was very busy, it was nice to see such a big crowd because it meant the first day of the market this year was an absolute success. Bitten Street market is on, every first Saturday of the month until October in Oxford. I’m definitely going back to try more food and I would totally recommend it.
Happy food times !! xx