How was your Veganuary? Already ran out of recipe ideas? Luckily, London is one big vegan-heaven and there are lots of places to explore the delicious world of cruelty-free meals. Don’t give up on your New Year’s resolution because there are plenty of vegetables to be consumed out there and they’re just waiting for you. So escape the office, hop on the tube and immerse yourself into a culinary adventure with our top picks for Vegan Food Trucks.
1.Club Mexicana – clubmexicana.com
For the juiciest flavour infused ‘pulled pork’ burger you go to Club Mexicana. Their BBQ grilled jackfruit is simply the best meat substitute you would taste. Even if you aren’t vegan you will turn vegan for this masterpiece of ingredients. Vegan tacos, nachos, burritos and vegan beers to top it all up. Club Mexicans is known for delivering the best Mexican street food in London. So, if you want to spice it up this is your place.
Where and when?
Dinerama, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EJ – Wed-Sat 5-11pm
Camden Market, NW1 8AB – 7 days week 11am – 6pm
For sit-in meals: Pamela, Dalston, E8 4AA – Tue-Sat 6pm – late (Book online)
2. Rainbo - rainbofood.com
Inspired by the street food in Tokyo, Rainbo brings the best Japanese recipes to London’s food markets in their 1948 Ford pick-up truck. The Food Truck is well-known for its delicious vegetable gyozas (Japanese dumplings) with shiitake mushrooms and tofu, colourful salad Rainbo boxes with Asia slaw, beetroot, homemade pickle and much more goodies. This Japanese heaven on wheels is one of the top places to eat gyoza in London and has been featured in many national newspapers and magazines for its outstanding dishes.
Where and when?
Stables Market area of Camden Market - every day 10am-7pm
Also seen at festivals in London and across the UK
3.Just-Fab – just-fab.org
Inspired by the Sicilian street food, Just-Fab brings the best of the Italian vegan cookbooks to the London markets. The double-decker red bus offers an array of deliciously home-made meals with its unique family-kept recipes. The owner Fabio Pironti uses and upgrades his mamma Myra’s recipes and is now feeding London with authentic Sicilian vegan food. For the hungry wanderers, Fabio is preparing a saucy lasagne made with organic vegan ingredients or Schiacciata – a traditional Sicilian pizza with veggie toppings. However, if you are only looking for a nibble the Arancino Green Power rice bowls made with spinach, mushrooms, Béchamel and vegan cheese are a must.
Where? 455 Hackney Road E2 9DY, London
When? Tue-Sun 11am-10pm
4.Buddha Bowl Van (by Wholefood Heaven) - wholefoodheaven.co.uk/buddha-bowl-van
It won’t be a food article if we miss out on the curries. The renowned Wholefood Heaven has got its vegan and vegetarian Food Truck - the Buddha Bowl Van delivering the tastiest noodle and curry boxes. The Buddha Bowl was awarded the Best Main Dish at the British Street Food Awards, so it should be up there on your ‘to-try’ list. Their current menu includes Massaman curry with new potatoes, pineapple and soya chunks, homemade kimchi pickle, flash steamed seasonal greens and some nice organics. This street food truckstop can be found at London's markets.
Where? Whitecross Street Market (up at the Old Street end)
When? Thu and Fri 12pm-2.30pm
5.Amrutha – www.amrutha.co.uk
Although a bit of a mouthful to pronounce, Amrutha has been making a name for itself around the London food markets with its beautifully painted van. It makes you wonder whether it’s a Food Truck or a contemporary art exhibition on wheels. The name which means ‘nectar’ and ‘immortality’ in Sanskrit is the philosophy of the business with its raw vegan cuisine. Amrutha’s products are made with locally produced seasonal vegetables, so their menu changes with the weather but you can enjoy the freshly made smoothies all-year-round. The Green Machine smoothie is the perfect after-holiday detox solutions.
Where and when?
At the Sunday market in Brick Lane, Nomadic Community Gardens
6.Rupert’s Street – www.rupertsstreet.com
Rupert's Street is all about the seasonal veg so if you don’t try some of the winter specials now, you might have to wait for another year. Rupert Street's recipes for the tofu tikka wraps or the spicy bean balls will keep you warm this winter especially during these market walks. The Food Truck is keen on providing sustainable and ethical food and drinks, that’s why everything is locally produced and all cutlery, cups and plates are made of degradable materials that breaks down within less than 12 weeks.
Where and when?
For updates check: http://rupertsstreet.com/come-and-find-us/
7. Dee’s table – Modern Jamaican food
When we think about Jamaican street food, jerked chicken is what pops up first, luckily Dee’s Table has managed to change this perspective with their mouth-watering vegan jerk ribs. Jackfruit is going to save the day once again as it’s the main ingredient to many of Dee’s dishes. The ribs with homemade jerk BBQ sauce and the creamy coconut curry with jackfruit and smoked onions are the hit of the season. Dee’s Table is TV-famous as it was recently featured at Vice’s Munchies Class of 2018.
When and where?
Dee's table can be found at the Saturday markets around London currently at Broadway Vegan Market 10am-4pm.