The meal box.
Scotchtails operates from its as-permanent-as-it-can-be-for-street-food stall in the Green Market section of Borough Market.
The menu says:
“Scotch egg of your choice, served on a bed of rocket with a side of sweet potato fries.”
The hype says:
TripAdvisor customer review: “The best scotch egg of my life”; ActiveinLondon.uk: “You have to try Scotchtails”; Yelp customer review: “The best scotch eggs I’ve ever had – and I’ve had quite a few!”
With the nights closing in and the temperatures dropping, it’s officially the time of year when our minds (and stomachs) turn to more traditional fare. But, leaving aside the odd attempt from a pie and mash or sausage outlet that happens to operate from a van, what quintessentially British comfort cuisine has ever really succeeded in a street food format?
The place to look is Borough Market, which has been operating since way before even ‘food trucks’ (remember them?) were a thing – by approximately a thousand years. And the precise place to find the answer is the Scotchtails stand, with Time Out currently rating it as being the 37th best street food stall in the whole of London.
This Hackney (where else?)-based business handmakes specialist scotch eggs, with its 14 staples including chorizo, mature Cheddar and smoked bacon, and sweet potato falafel. On the day of my visit, unfortunately the special is the less appealing-sounding black pudding, though, so I settle for the traditional pork option.
The non-greasy bone dry fries add to the general air that what you’re consuming is a cut above, though the egg yolk is somehow soft and gooey enough that you can wet them in there should you be tempted (spoiler alert: you will be); while the splash of greenery and use of sweet potato helps convince you that all of this is somehow not all that bad for you (spoiler alert: it is).
Should you believe the hype?
In a marketplace that isn’t always renowned for innovation (both literally and metaphorically), this unique idea is hard to beat. But with British fusion foods tipped to be big next year, this cracking concept could easily be poached and replicated by the dozen in 2019.