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Chatsworth E5 market in Hackney

Chatsworth E5 market in Hackney

I’ve been staying for the past couple of days with friends from Cambodia that now live in Blackheath. The girls wanted to do some shopping so Brandon (my host in Blackheath) and I had a chance yesterday to head to a little known street market in Hackney named after the address and post code Chatsworth E5. Not as big or diverse as the  Borough Market in the center of London but was definitely worth the 3 changes on the Tube to get there. With about 50 stalls, it’s not the biggest street market but has some excellent options for food and has a very local feel that the Borough Market might have had a few years ago. We did a fast reconnoiter of the food stalls and found all of them irresistable. We could only choose 3 and after much argument and a quick coin toss, we started our foray into the food at Chatsworth E5.

Kimchi Cult stand in Chatsworth E5 Market

Kimchi Cult stand in Chatsworth E5 Market

The first place we went was the Kimchi Cult stall which is run by Danny, a Londoner who spent a couple years in Korea, eating up the local street food while teaching. Unfortunately the kimchi slider’s weren’t available but we had a great pulled pork sandwich with ginger coleslaw.

Pulled Pork on the grill at the Kimchi Cult at Chatsworth E5

Pulled Pork on the grill at the Kimchi Cult at Chatsworth E5

The great thing about the stall is that he cooks everything to order but only takes about 5 minutes to prepare. The pork was a sweet yet punchy affair with the ginger coleslaw giving an added crunch to the sandwich.

The pulled pork sandwich at the Kimchi Cult stand in Chatsworth E5 market

The pulled pork sandwich at the Kimchi Cult stand in Chatsworth E5 market

After the Kimchi Cult, we headed off to Sho Foo Doh stand which only sold one item: Okonomiyaki. I’ve only had this dish once before during the Happa review and didn’t really care for it but wanted to give it another shot. Oh was it good….

Sho Foo Doh stand at Chatsworth E5 market

Sho Foo Doh stand at Chatsworth E5 market

What I really dug about this version over the one at Happa was the cheese was placed in the potato mix so it had a richness to it that wasn’t overly cheese filled and a sauce that wasn’t too sweet.

Okonomiyaki at the Sho Foo Doh stand at Chatsworth E5 market

Okonomiyaki at the Sho Foo Doh stand at Chatsworth E5 market

Added with some pork belly and a healthy dose of green onions, it made for an Okonomiyaki that I would come back for.

Okonomiyaki on the griddle at the Sho Foo Doh stand at Chatsworth E5 market

Okonomiyaki on the griddle at the Sho Foo Doh stand at Chatsworth E5 market

The last place we tried was Banhmi 11. Advertised as bespoke baguettes at their stall, they give several options for their banh mi.

Banh Mi 11 stand in the Chatsworth E5 market

Banh Mi 11 stand in the Chatsworth E5 market

After waiting in line for what seemed to be an eternity (bespoke baguettes take a while to assemble) , we ordered the BBQ Squared banh mi which had pate, caramelized pork meatballs with roasted rice flavours. Unfortunately, the long wait time allowed our stomachs the time to fill up and left us wondering if we had the room to fit even more food in our bellies. Luckily, I spied a huge bottle of Sriracha on their mise en place and after coming in for a closer look, and noticing the Huy Fong label, immediately became hungry again.

Rosemead Sriracha at the Banh Mi 11 stand in Chatsworth E5 market

Rosemead Sriracha at the Banh Mi 11 stand in Chatsworth E5 market

The banh mi was completely worth it. Lots of char-crusted meatballs smashed together with pate and surprisingly, pork floss which I haven’t seen in years! Add in pickled carrots, cucumbers, a heap of cilantro, Sriracha and green chiles in a spongy on the inside, crunchy on the outside baguette and we had a banh mi that was in my top 5 all-time list.

The BBQ Squared banh mi from the Banh Mi 11 stand in Chatsworth E5 market

The BBQ Squared banh mi from the Banh Mi 11 stand in Chatsworth E5 market

There were other notable food stalls that were just as busy as the ones we ate at. Notably, the wrap stall next to Banhmi 11 almost had us when we saw a kofta wrap being eaten next to us. Also, there was a Mexican street taco stand that had some amazingly fresh guacamole!

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Lunch at La Korea

The lunch specials at La Korea

The lunch specials at La Korea

I am a big fan of Korean food. Maybe it’s the copious amount of meat that is involved. Or the great sides that you get with every meal. Maybe it’s just value. Back in the land of Disney, you can go to a plethora of all you can eat Korean restaurants for under $20. My favorite has just raised their prices a whopping $3 to $16.99. And that’s just for dinner!

My big problem with the Korean restaurants in Phnom Penh is that they aren’t cheap. I have been to La Korea several times for dinner and have never spent less than $30.00 on a meal so it was nice to hear that they have a very reasonable set of lunch specials.

For $5.00 you get the choice of:

Kim Chee Stew
Curd Bean Stew
Soy Bean Steew
Cow Bone and Tripe Soup with Rice
Dumpling Soup
Buckwheat Noodles with Cold Broth
Soup containing Shells and Cabbages
Vegetable Porridge

Not bad considering you get water, assorted sides and a complementary glass of cinnamon tea (which is awesome btw) to finish the meal.

I ordered the Kim Chee Stew while Bryse ordered the Bibimbap ($6).

Service is quite fast with the meal coming within 10 minutes from the initial order.

Array of sides at La Korea

Array of sides at La Korea

The food came out on a serving cart and looked absolutely delicious. The Bibimbap had a great sizzling sound due to the extremely hot pot that it was served in. My Kim Chee Stew came out right behind and was also so hot that the stew was still bubbling when served.

Kim Chi Stew at La Korea

Kim Chi Stew at La Korea

Chock full of kim chee, tofu, pork belly and funnily enough, hot dogs, the Kim Chee Stew hit the spot. The sourness of the kim chee was counterbalanced nicely with the fatty pork belly and made for a fantastically filling meal. I asked for a side of gochujang, which is the chili paste that comes with the Bibimbap to use as a dip and that took the stew over the top.

Kim Chee at La Korea

Kim Chee at La Korea

Bibimbap translates to “mixed meal” and this rendition keeps with tradition. Tons of ingredients and extremely filling. One notable aspect of the bowl was the layer of crispy rice that formed on the bottom of the very hot pot which gave a crunchy texture that completely won me over.

Bibimbap at La Korea

Bibimbap at La Korea

All in all, a great, cheap meal that I will definitely come back for.

4 out of 5 nyamies

Vinh

Bibimbap at La Korea

Bibimbap at La Korea

Although Phnom Penh never really has the right weather for Bibimbap, it is one of my favorite lunch dishes so I was really excited when I saw La Korea had a relatively cheap one on their menu.

Array of sides at La Korea

Array of sides at La Korea

First the side dishes. The kimchi is great, nice and sour and spicy but not anything crazy sour. This was my second time for lunch in the past few months and the side dishes were a little bit different this time. The first time there were some really tasty potatoes with sesame seeds which they different serve. Unfortunately, I don’t know what any of it is called so I would recommend the potatoes if they do come out. Also, the green stuff was quite nice (very helpful).

Bibimbap at La Korea

Bibimbap at La Korea

When they serve the bibimbap at La Korea they offer to mix the dish for you which I let them do on my first trip. However, they mixed it a bit to vigorously and the rice didn’t get seared at the bottom of the hot stone pot. So this time I gave it a shot and had better success with the rice searing. But I’m not sure if the bowl isn’t as hot as it is supposed to be because there still wasn’t a ton of seared rice and they don’t serve the bibimbap with a raw egg but a fried one instead. It didn’t change the flavor dramatically but the raw egg is kind of fun. You feel pressured to quickly mix the ingredients and get that raw egg cooked with the heat of the bowl.

Kim Chi Stew at La Korea

Kim Chi Stew at La Korea

I tried a bite of Vinh’s kimchi soup and it was pretty tasty. The hot dogs were a bit weird but everything else looked nice. And for desert they served a plate of watermelon and this really great cold cinnamon tea. Perfect way to cool down a bit after the hot bibimbap.

Bryse – 4.25 nyamies (that’s right, two decimal points)

Cinnamon tea at La Korea

Cinnamon tea at La Korea

La Korea
No 128 C1C2
Sothearos Blvd
Phnom Penh
023 211 013

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