The award-winning team behind easyJet’s inflight Traveller magazine have been nibbling their way around the street food markets of Europe, on a mission to sniff out the best street food the continent has to offer. They were joined by experts including Michelin-starred René Redzepi.
Jonny Ensall, the magazine’s editor, fills us in.
It’s 2018 and food is the new drink. Bao buns are the new beers, tacos are the new tequila shots (though they also go well together) and street food stalls have usurped bars as the new late-night hangout spots.
This summer, more than ever before, street food will be taking over Europe, with the opening of fantastic new covered markets from London to Oslo, Rotterdam to Rome. The street food revolution is no longer an upstart idea beloved of hipsters who love big flavours and low prices, and who didn’t mind the cold. It has come full circle and grab-and-go food is more civilised than ever.
easyJet Traveller is celebrating the season’s eatings by showing you exactly where you can find the most deliciously moreish street eats. We asked 73 top chefs, food writers, bloggers and street-food experts to tell us their favourite street food spots – gourmets including Rome-based cookbook author Rachel Roddy, meat guru (and mate of Jamie Oliver) DJ BBQ, Berlin blog queen Mary Scherpe and the Michelin-starred head chef of Copenhagen restaurant Noma, René Redzepi – then, we whittled down the longlist to a tremendous top ten: the ultimate guide to Europe’s best street food.
Our best-of covers everything from stroopwafels to tripe sandwiches, and shows how emerging trends, such as the spread of Syrian chefs, are influencing the European culinary landscape in delicious ways. It culminates with the supremely perfect tacos of Rosio Sanchez, served at her Hija de Sanchez stall in Copenhagen’s Torvehallerne market. Rosio was pastry chef at Noma until she decided to follow her dream and channel her Mexican culinary heritage into making the continent’s best tacos. It’s a plan that’s paid off. Like the rest of our best dishes, her tacos are a must-try.
“Mexican dining is about colour, diversity, sharing. It’s hard to find good Mexican in Europe,” Sanchez told easyJet Traveller after learning she’d won, predicting punters will return “like ants” when her stall reopens this spring.
So, think of this as your food to-do list for spring. Street food’s become more civilised, but it’s still up to you how proper you choose to be when stuffing your grinning face with Danish kebabs, Portuguese sushi, Italian tripe sandwiches and much more besides. Remember, a little bit of mess never hurt anyone…
easyJet Traveller is read every month by more than 5 million passengers and in January 2018 alone, the airline saw an increase in passengers of nearly 9%.
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