Here at FBC5, there is little we love more than authentic food and friendship – and Thai street traders Pig a Chic combine both! Four Thai expats in London, Patrapa, Debby, Choti and Ping (@pigachic) talk to us about joining #FBC5 StrEAT Party
The four of us have one thing in common, and that is our obsession to food and the dedication in bringing authentic Thai street food to London. Currently, we serve authentic Thai-style grilled pork and chicken on skewers. The grilled pork on skewer is famously known as ‘Moo Ping’ in Thai and it is arguably the most famous street food dish among the locals. And although we also offer free- range chickens as an option to our customers, we remain true to the authenticity of the recipe. We marinated the meats in special aromatic herbs over 24 hours, grilled on wood charcoal and serve hot on the spot. Don’t say we did not warn you they will literally melt in your mouth! You can find us trading throughout this summer, every Saturday noon – 9pm at Red Lion & Sun pub in Highgate.
What can FBC attendees expect from you at the event?
At the FBC, one thing is for sure, and that is, you can expect Pig a Chic to bring authentic flavours of Thai street food to the show. We will serve our grilled pork and chicken on skewers with our three to-die-for sauces: hot chic (Thai special BBQ); sweet; and super spicy (try it if you dare!). And if this is not enough, we also offer sticky rice to accompany with your meats. For vegetarians, worry not as we will also have the delicious authentic Thai papaya salad on the side.
To be invited to showcase our cuisine at the fifth FBC is a huge privilege. Not only is this a great opportunity to bring our authentic Thai street food to a wider and hugely influential audience, but also it serves as a great venue for us to interact with fellow street food traders.
What inspired you to start your set-up? What are your future plans for it?
The fact that in Bangkok, street food is king, it is really inevitable for us not to showcase our culinary masterpiece. That knack of showing off couples with a bit of homesickness drives us to start this venture. Indeed, Pig a Chic is a project by us four Thai Londoners who want to bring authentic Thai street food experience right to the very streets of London. Since we are at infancy stage, having launched our business less than a month, our current plan is to build a solid fan base to our food. We then hope to expand our followers by featuring in London’s street food venues such as Kerb and Street Feast.
What does your set-up mean to you?
Without trying to sound too cliché, this set-up means everything to us. First, it is not just about selling food to make profit but more than anything, it is about our passion in showcasing Thai street food to the London food scene. Then, it is about the fact that we are obsessed about food like everyone here at FBC. And as consumers of food, we want to be served with delicious offerings, and that’s why we as a trader have commitments to our customers to do likewise. Lastly, it is about that adrenaline pumping when you see customers queuing up to order your food, really.
Thai food has always been known to offer explosions of flavours, and we believe that our grilled pork and chicken on skewers embody exactly that. It’s special for those who have visited Thailand before because our food will remind them of our beautiful country. It’s even more special, however, for those who have never been to Thailand because our food may be the tastes you have never tried before and will probably wanting for more by visiting Thailand!
After yours, what other street stalls/pop ups/supper clubs out there do you think are really good?
Pig a Chic really likes the likes of Yum Bun and Wild Game Co. for their huge followers and dedication to make one product perfect. However, the street stall that we admire most is probably Street Kitchen; the fact that they have previously trained and worked in fine dining restaurants and then come to open street food stall show how much passion they have for their craft.
Do you have a food blog? Who is your favourite food blogger? What positive effect are food bloggers having on the country’s food scene?
Yes, actually. One of our partners, Choti, is one hell of a serial foodie eating everything from street food to Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. You can follow his food blog at foodie-collection.com which he regularly reviews his latest restaurant visits in the UK and Europe. Aside from Foodie Collection, we also follow regularly Londoneater, Gourmet traveller and the Paris-based Alexander Lobrano. Food bloggers do have a lot of positive effects not only because of their diversity of opinions but also because they can uncover the type of cuisine that mainstream publication may have originally neglected.
What’s your favourite new ‘trend’ on the British street food scene at the moment?
Traditional world cuisines, which are influenced by the UK food scene, manage to create an entirely new and unique dish you cannot find anywhere in the world. It’s great to be in London because the diversity of culture marries perfectly with the cutting-edge cooking techniques found here in the city.
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