bunnychow & Dixie Union Review | Eat the World Festival, Real Food Festival
Choosing a stall at the Real Food Festival is hard enough without the organisers inviting even more of the very best food traders London has to offer in the form of Eat the World Street Food Festival.
But when you see a stall named bunnychow, you’re going to go in for a closer look, aren’t you? I wasn’t the only one who’s attention had been grasped by curiosity. One boy exclaimed ‘look, bunnies!’ in which his mother had to reassure him they didn’t cook the cute and cuddly creatures (well it was during Easter after all). Another customer was equally perplexed with the mention of bunnies on the menu, which the cook jokingly stated ‘no bunnies were harmed in the making!’ (at this point I hope he was joking because I was just about to order something). Their menu is equally eyebrow raising too, with the first dish on the menu titled Monkey Gland. Naturally I asked for this.
But let’s rewind for a second and introduce bunnychow and it’s offerings. Beginning life as a street truck, which eventually led to a pop up store in Boxpark, Shoreditch, they still visit food festivals around London such as Eat the World. The ‘bunny’ refers to a cylindrical piece of bread, hollowed out and filled with delicious combinations.
The ‘Monkey Gland’ part of the name refers to monkey gland sauce which is popular in South Africa (Wikipedia suggests the tangy sauce does not involve monkeys in any way – phew what a relief!) It’s presented in a very cool little box which makes it a whole lot easier to eat with a fork as you tear away at the loaf (although eating with your hands is an option too). The Monkey Gland has the perfect combination of crunch (peppers), punch (coriander), sweetness (monkey gland sauce) and texture (loaf). As you delve further into the hole of goodness, the sauce begins to seep into the bread, which is just a delight to dig in with your fork and pull with ease.
Eat the World was so good I returned two days later. After seeing a tweet with a picture of a drop dead gorgeous piece of pulled pork burger, I asked where I could find it – Dixie Union was the reply. It wasn’t hard to find them as they had one of the biggest queues at Eat the World (others must have read the same tweet as myself) and had a sign calling out to me:
And you know what, you really can taste the 24 hours of love that went into the pulled pork. Like chocolate, it melts on your tongue. Considering it was meat, you didn’t really have to chew with any effort as it almost evaporated making you want to take another bite quickly to get your next fix. I would have been happy with just a box of that pulled pork if I’m honest. But the cool and fresh coleslaw, sweet BBQ sauce and crusty topped roll complimented the tender pulled pork.
Dixie Union’s authentic taste and method can be traced back to the owners love of the ol’ deep south, having lived in South Carolina for two years. Until they open a shop in London (watch this space) you can find Dixie Union bringing soul to the capital’s food markets and Covent Gardens’ Real Food Market every Thursday.
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