Diaries Magazine

Trying London's Viral Food Spots: Eating Our Way Around The City!

Posted on the 25 September 2023 by Sparklesandstretchmarks @raine_fairy

London, a bustling metropolis known for its diverse and vibrant food scene, is home to a plethora of viral food spots that have taken social media by storm. From colorful and delectable desserts to savory street food delights, these trending eateries are not only satisfying the cravings of locals but also attracting foodies from around the world. My kids LOVE a TikTok Trend so on our recent visit to the capital, they were incredibly excited to try out some of the top viral food spots - so come along and join us on a culinary journey through London as we explore some of the hottest viral food spots in the city.
**1. Bunsik - Korean Street Food Sensation:**
   Bunsik, located in the heart of London's Soho district, is a hidden gem serving up authentic Korean street food. This tiny eatery has gained a massive following for its mouthwatering dishes, including the iconic Tteokbokki, a spicy rice cake dish, and Bulgogi, succulent marinated beef. The star of the show, however, is the Korean Corn Dog, which boasts a crispy outer layer and tender, flavorful meat. Bunsik's Instagram-worthy presentation and delicious flavors have made it a must-visit spot for food enthusiasts.
We all tried something different here - some went for the potato and mozarella corn dog which is a gooey mozarella center with crispy potato cubes on the outside, this gave a very satisfying cheese pull! My son went for the Octolegs which is half mozarella filling and half traditional corn dog, and he enjoyed having the best of both options. I kept it simple with the classic corn dog, adding Bunsik's signature Boldak mayo - I'm not a fan of corn dogs but I have to say, this was delicious and ended up being my favorite eat of the night! The spicy mayo really made all the difference.
**2. The Bun House - Steamed Bun Heaven:**
   Nestled in London's Chinatown, The Bun House is a haven for lovers of fluffy, steamed buns. This quaint eatery offers an array of delectable options, from classic pork buns to creative, fusion-inspired fillings like lamb and cumin. The vibrant, Instagrammable decor adds to the charm of this spot, making it an irresistible destination for foodies seeking a taste of Chinese cuisine in a delightful setting.
I was too full to try anything here but my kids assure me that the buns were fluffy and delicious!
**3. Mamasons - Ube Ice Cream Extravaganza:**
   Mamasons, located in Camden and Chinatown, is your go-to destination for Filipino-inspired ice cream, particularly Ube (purple yam) ice cream. This was the thing my youngest had been most excited for... This vibrant, colorful treat not only delights the palate but also provides a feast for the eyes. My kids LOVED it!
 Whether you opt for the signature Ube ice cream or one of their other unique flavors like Buko Pandan or Mangga, you're in for a refreshing and visually stunning dessert experience that's perfect for your Instagram feed.
**4. Good Friend - Popcorn Chicken Paradise:**
   Crispy, flavorful, and downright addictive, Good Friend in London's Chinatown is renowned for its sensational popcorn chicken. This Taiwanese-style street food spot offers tender chunks of chicken marinated in a secret blend of spices, fried to golden perfection, and served with your choice of dipping sauces. 
Whether you're a fan of classic fried chicken or you prefer a spicy kick, Good Friend's popcorn chicken has earned its place as a viral sensation on London's food scene. Personally? I wasn't too keen but then I don't love chicken nuggets! If you do, I would give this a try as at £6 for a decent sized bag it's pretty good value and an easy one to share
**5. Chinatown Bakery - Pandan Cake Perfection:**
   Chinatown Bakery is a charming little bakery nestled amidst the vibrant streets of London's Chinatown. While they offer an array of delectable treats, it's their Pandan cake that has earned them a dedicated following. This fragrant, cloud-like light and fluffy, slightly sweet cake is infused with the tropical aroma of pandan leaves and is an absolute delight for the taste buds. 
The pastel green color and delicate flavor make it a must-try dessert, and it's no surprise that foodies have taken to social media to share their love for this culinary gem. 
To me the flavor was reminiscent of pistachio, something I'm not overly keen on but my partner really loves and he enjoyed this thoroughly! We also tried the Taiyaki - a small, flaky pastry fish filled with sweet runny custard. I'm not a custard fan so these weren't for me but everyone else really enjoyed them and they certainly looked adorable!
**6. Humble Crumble in Spitalfields - Crumble Bliss:**
   Humble Crumble, located in the trendy Spitalfields area, is a dessert haven that has captured the hearts of London's sweet-toothed crowd. Specializing in mouthwatering fruit crumbles served piping hot with a dollop of ice cream or custard, this cozy spot offers a comforting and indulgent experience. With a rotating selection of fruit flavors, including classics like apple and innovative combinations like rhubarb and ginger, Humble Crumble continues to win over dessert enthusiasts and social media influencers alike. You can even opt for a creme brulee topped crumble or design your own. I went for a toasted marshmallow topping with dried rose and it was delicious!
 London's food scene is a vibrant tapestry of flavors and cultures, and these viral food spots are just a taste of what the city has to offer. Whether you're a local looking to explore new flavors or a visitor seeking Instagram-worthy delights, these trending eateries are a delicious invitation to experience the culinary magic of London.
For travellers exploring Chinatown and its culinary delights, a stay at the Holiday Inn Express Southwark provides both convenience and comfort. Located just a short journey away from Chinatown, this hotel offers a peaceful retreat in the midst of the bustling city as well as offering easy access to other popular London attractions, making it an excellent base for your London adventures. Read our review HERE
If you enjoy my blog, please consider following me on Bloglovin'   

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog