Yes please! I never realised that you could get chorizo that wasn't sliced like salami ... yes, very uncultured here. That is, until I popped down to the London gourmands' perennial favourite, Borough Market, just south of the Thames and very close to gothic Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge and one of London's oldest pubs, and Shakespeare's hangouts, The George Inn (which is seriously cramped but perfect).
I first visited Borough Market ten years ago and was astounded at the variety of fresh produce and artisan products that were offered. We went and bought some seafood to grill. It was fresh, cheap and delicious, as it should be. The second time was only in January this year on a bitterly cold and icy day. We wandered around the market on a Saturday after a kick-boxing session, oohing and aahing over the mulled wine, stinky cheeses and wonderful charcuterie. And where did our noses lead us?
To this wonderful stall selling fresh rolls stuffed with grilled, juicy chorizo and loads of rocket (arugula). We all thought we'd died and gone to heaven. Afterwards, I poked around a few food blogs and found this chorizo sandwich was famous indeed. And so we went back five months later specifically for this sandwich. The queues were long, the saliva was flowing and we got our hands on this:
We ate it then and there, wiping our mouths in silence as we concentrated on all the flavours that burst in our mouths.
The grill is right next to Brindisa, a Spanish tapas and grocery store and is a part of that little empire. They sell a range of amazing Jamón Ibérico and Jamón Serrano that just melt in your mouth, and which they are happy for you to taste. They even do carving classes. I recently found out that Brindisa has another small tapas bar, Tierra Brindisa, just behind where I work. I am so going to check it out when my parents are in town.
I left the market a happy bunny, with the chorizo sandwich nestling in my stomach where it belongs and having scored some fresh rocket and a jar of dulce de leche from Porteña. I've never tried dulce de leche before although I've seen it mentioned frequently on American food blogs. Tastes just like caramelised condensed milk. Yummers.
So if you are ever in London, I urge you to hop onto the Northern Line to Borough Market and get your mitts on some chorizo sandwich. At £3-60, it's really good value for money and it tastes divine! Mmm...
Unlike this picture below:
CHORIZO BBQ AT BRINDISA
at Borough Market
8 Southwark Street
The Floral Hall, Stoney Street
*Sakura is mixed Sri Lankan/Japanese, lives in London and blogs about books at chasing bawa. Her column Slightly Peckish will post every other Tuesday.