I was talking with a few people on Twitter the other day about Food Trucks, and was wondering why the UK hasn’t cottoned on to the trend like they have in the States. Admittedly we don’t really have a tradition of them, the closest thing we have is probably the ice cream van, but there are flickers of something going on with the likes of The Meatwagon (before his trailer got stolen) and a few mobile coffee pioneers like the super stylish Attridge & Cole.
And then, straight out of left-field comes The German Baker. My mate Javed has been telling me for some time about these bread vans that pitch up at locations around London (and the rest of Southern England) and ply their doughy wares. He swears by their breads, so I thought it was high time I got my act together and paid them a visit.
So, on a rather miserable, rainy Tuesday morning last week, I set off to track them down. Looking on their route planner I found out they were going to be outside the German Embassy between 9.15 and 10am, and true to stereotypical form, their truck was there bang on time tucked down a little alley beside the embassy.
Climbing on board you are greeted with not only a great array of breads, rolls and pastries, but all sorts of German deli fare and confectionery. But it was the breads that got me really excited. Shelves laden with pretzels, pumpernickel loaves, Kaiser rolls and all kinds of rye bread. Hmmmmmmmm.
On Javed’s recommendation, I went for a Bauernbrot, which is a rye and wheat mix. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s got a dense texture, with a really deep flavour, and a small hint of a kind of molasses sweetness. It’s great on its own with a generous spreading of butter, and makes a mean continental style cheese and ham sandwich with healthy dose of mustard.
Click here to find out if The German Baker passes through your ‘hood, and if not it’s well worth your while to intercept them somewhere.
Auf wiedersehen for now.