10 Jun 2012
Anyone who has ever lived in London will know that no matter what you want to do, no matter where you want to go, sometimes London just really doesn’t seem to want to let you. One Saturday morning we decided we wanted to check out Brockley Market – a local south London market generating a lot of buzz recently for the quality of it’s traders.
London on the other hand did not really seem to want us to go. What followed was a frustrating 2 hour journey there consisting of getting on (and getting kicked out of) a variety of public transport options. We arrived grumpy, hungry, angry, “hangry” if you will. But soon our ailments were all forgotten as we went on a furious mission of purchasing delectable delights and stuffing our faces with them as quickly as we could possibly manage.
I was most interested in checking out Mother Flipper whose burgers have gained great notoriety in the London burger scene. They produced some decent and very good looking burgers sandwiched between a beautifully shiny brioche bun. They’ll even halve them for you on request.
The Chilli Flipper burger was surprisingly tangy from their use of a chilli chutney with a moderate heat, with the beef cooked to a nice medium.
The Double Candy Bacon Flipper sounded right up my street. But rather than being double the candy, it was actually double the beef. It had some subtle sweetness from the bacon but not as much as the name would suggest or as much as I would have liked. I have a huge appreciation for foods of an evenly balanced sweet to savoury ratio so I could have happily done with a bottle of maple syrup as an extra condiment. Still a decent burger nonetheless.
Serious Smoothies turned out to be a bit of a lifesaver as their tasty vanilla and banana smoothie with maca (a Peruvian plant) made for a very rejuvenating energy booster when we were on the verge of fainting with hunger. Friendly guys too.
We drank it down far too quickly to remember to take a photo.
The Egg Boss served up quite possibly the best scotch eggs I have ever eaten. They were perfectly cooked with the gooey yellow egg yolk in the centre, glistening like a golden jewel and a wonderfully crisp coating on the outside.
The Paprika Scotch Egg had a touch of spice and additionally flavoured with fennel seeds. The Cumberland Scotch Egg was more traditional but also very tasty. Both were excellent when served with a dash of the Rib Man’s Christ on a Bike hot sauce and a dollop of onion chutney.
The Egg Boss produces a wide variety of different scotch eggs including a black pudding scotch egg and a notably spicier one called the Holy Fuck Scotch Egg made from The Rib Man’s notorious Holy Fuck hot sauce. However both of these were sold out by the time we got there so I’d advise you to get there early.
Paul Wesolek (aka Blintz Boy) was really lovely and friendly and kept offering us free tasters of his amazing blintzes – thin pancakes wrapped around various fillings and pan fried to crispiness. I’d never tried them before but they were an instant hit with me.
We were full but picked up some of his delicious pork and sauerkraut blintzes for dinner and they made a quick and tasty supper served up with a dollop of sour cream and cornichons. The crisp outer shell housed some serious deliciousness beneath.
We also sampled some of his cheesecake blintz which were great too – wonderfully creamy and decadent using a kind of Polish curd cheese called Twaróg.
The London Particular
I found myself drawn to the sourdough doughnuts at The London Particular which sounded very intriguing, not least because there was only 2 left and one person nabbed one of these just before me while singing their praises.
There was the option to have them plain (with sugar and cinnamon on the outside) or piped with a custard of your choice. That day there was the option of lemon or chocolate custard – I opted for chocolate. It was quite different to other doughnuts I’ve ever eaten with a nice, chewy texture and with a hint of salt making it all the more moreish.
We found Brockley Market to be a great market with loads of interesting street food stalls as well as a good range of stalls selling fresh fruit and veg, meat and fish where you can pick up some quality local produce. Definitely worth a visit – particularly when London lets you!
Brockley Market (Open Saturday’s 10:00 – 14:00)
Lewisham College Car Park
London, SE4 1UT