13th June 2022
This is our first Secret Food Tour experience and an excellent precedent to do this kind of tours more in the future. Joseph, our local guide have been lovely. He can talk about diverse topics including the food's and the place's history. And though he's only been doing this for 2 months (according to him), he knew where to take us and ensured everybody had a good time. We went around the Southwark area and all the food stalls and pubs he took us to didn't disappoint. I am not very experimental with food but most, if not all, I've tasted in this tour were amazing.
Dosa - I don't have a photo of it but it looks appetizing. It's a thin batter-based dish that originated from India. This is the first time I've tasted one and it's absolutely perfect. It's not too spicy for my taste, and I definitely love it.
Sausage Roll - The Roll was split into 3 so it looked small, but don't be deceived with how filling this tiny piece of sausage roll is. It's more on meat than the pastry and it's worth the hype.
Wine and cheese - well most of us know how it taste like so there's not much to say on this, but I think these are British-favorite cheeses and they're not bad to go with our wine.
Sticky Toffee Pudding - this one's my favorite since I have a sweet tooth. It's a sponge cake made with dates that's covered in toffee/caramel sauce with vanilla ice cream on the side. If the description is not mouth-watering enough, then you probably need to try one. And I have to note that it went well with my tea.
The alcoholic beverages were awesome for a person who has a very measly drinking experience. I don't like the bitter taste of alcohol so I don't really drink. I mean I'm not a connoisseur but if I get to finish them it must have tasted good. FYI, I finished all my drinks!
Finally the Tiktok-famous doughnuts that you have to line up for. This one I'm not too impressed with, because we have a local version of this in the Philippines which is much less expensive and less hyped but exactly tastes the same. Anyway, Joe lined up for us to buy this so it was all good.
Our tour group is a combination of Americans, South, Southeast, and East Asians, but we truly bonded over food and drinks. Despite coming from diverse backgrounds and cultures, we actually had nice conversations on different topics. There's a sense of familiarity in an unfamiliar place and being comfortable around one another despite the differences. Overall the experience have taught me to be open to new things and to people that made our trip more exciting.
Like what the late Anthony Bourdain said, "Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund." This tour is recommended to those who are open to have a gastronomical experience guided by someone who knows the area like the back of his hand, and those that are willing to explore areas that are not seen in those London quintessential travel photos.