Hummus is such a versatile ingredient yet most people just use it to dip their bread, carrot sticks and cucumber fingers in. It’s thick, slightly creamy texture and rich flavour is perfect with all manner of toppings that we don’t even think about – yes not just olive oil and a shake of spice. But as I found out recently, Hummus Lina, almost certainly has thought about this.
Hummus Lina is a food stall in Camden Stables Market. Nestled amongst several others, including a falafel stall and an Oliver’s Fish and Chips, competition seems quite strong in the street food arena, however, with middle eastern influences cropping up more and more, and interest not appearing to be going anywhere (how can you say no to hummus?), it stood out from the crowd for me.
With 3 different dishes on offer, all with hummus as the base, and topped with some interesting, flavoursome combos which cover vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters, each dish can be ordered in a pitta or as a plate – the hummus loaded with the toppings and presented beautifully.
Heading down on a bright and sunny Saturday in March, it was still pretty chilly but the market was thriving, as always. There was a short queue at Hummus Lina, and the jolly chefs were chatting to their customers and preparing orders, making the short wait that much more bearable.
Perched in some empty deck chairs on the fake grass area, past the crowded picnic tables, we got stuck in.
The Hummus Lina plate definitely won on the presentation side of things.
Sliced egg, baked aubergine, chilli, olive oil and salad, all served on a thick bed of hummus, the combination of textures and flavours worked so well and it tasted so fresh – one of the things you have to love about Street food. Ordered with a soft white pitta on the side, so that I could dip it into the Hummus too, I definitely chose well.
Alex’s Salt Beef Hummus in a pitta, wasn’t quite as pretty, but it was just as tasty. The salt beef, slow cooked with caramelised onions, had a slightly sweeter edge, and paired with the Hummus and hot chilli, it was a seriously tasty combination. A little messy, as they still put as much Hummus as possible in, it’s a pitta best attacked with mouths, fingers and eventually a plastic fork – you have got to get it all right?
A little too cold to sit still for too long, we finished and gave up our seats for some others looking to take a pew whilst eating.
Initially we had debated going for a wander for dessert after, but both pretty full, we grabbed a fresh orange juice for the Road – one of my fave things at Camden Market.
With the menu priced between £4 and £7, it’s in the low to mid range for street food in London, but you really do feel full when finished. As mentioned, there are options to suit all, and with the weather turning sunnier and brighter, it’s definitely worth a trip to Camden for. You can always tie it in with an afternoon of shopping! Open 7 days a week, from about 10.30 – 7, you don’t even have to brave the weekend crowds.
Where’s your favourite place to grab Street food at the moment?
*I was invited along to try the Hummus Lina menu. All views my own.