Prawn Nasi Goreng:
It’s Monday night; it’s been a long day at work and you really can’t be bothered to cook. The train was late, work was, well, work and the gym was so busy you couldn’t get on your favourite treadmill. Your partner was home late, the dog was sick and the kids need help with their English homework.
Feel like a takeaway?
This Indonesian-inspired recipe takes 10 minutes to prepare and less than 15 to cook. Oh, and it’s tasty too!
Ingredients: (for 4)
Mexican: Camden Market, London
I love Camden Market. I love its vibrancy, how my scene thrives and its fantastic variety. The area of Camden itself, including the market, is a haven of culture and style for all scenes and for foodies, it is no different.
The markets are spotted with street food stalls from freshly squeezed orange juice to Polish hot dogs, slabs of Pizza to daintily decorated cupcakes and from Mexican faijtas to all-you-can eat Chinese’s.
Today, I share with you one of my favourite Mexican stalls. There are several in Camden that serve pretty much the same menu compromising burritos, fajitas and rice/chilli bowls. The prices, again, are pretty similar though the quality of food varies a little. This stall has always looked the freshest, the friendliest and, the determining factor, the most popular!
This particular stall can be found on Chalk Farm Road/Camden High Street, the far side of the bridge if you are approaching from Camden Town Tube Station and just before the railway bridge on the right hand side. It’s especially good because of its location; it is more open than the Lock Market stalls and often a little quieter and to boot, the scooter seats are pretty cool – if you can get a roughed up scooter by the canal, clutching your polystyrene box bursting with food, consider yourself triumphant!
My fajita was prepared by toasting a large tortilla on a smoking griddle. It was smeared with a tricolore of sour cream, tomato salsa and guacamole. The sauces looked a little wet consistency wise and didn’t hold together when I started eating but the taste was definitely there. Chicken and peppers, tossed in spicy seasoning, were piled in next before a sprinkle of cheese finished it off. The chicken was succulent, the peppers breaking from the wrap in thick strips. I asked for added jalapenos and these were sweet, hot and juicy – a great addition! You also have the option to add salad, beans and extra salsas if you so wish. Drinks were expensive though, despite the location, at £1 for a small can.
The lettuce was sweet and crunchy, despite sitting out waiting on the stall. The wrap was too full to pick up and eat – for me anyway – but was great to dig in to with a fork and useless plastic knife. The cheese was just enough to add a touch of flavour without undermining the spiciness or ruining the coolness of the sour cream. My one complaint would be that as you went further through the food, the flavours began to mingle and merge too much, making it bland and a little mushy.
For £5 it was a substantial portion and very filling. You have to consider the prices of Camden market in general and the street food is often a little more expensive than one would consider paying usually but it is a tourist hot-spot so don’t be put off – but don’t think higher prices mean better quality either. Make sure to have a good look around before choosing where to try.
Some of my other favourites:
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