Chick + Pea
It’s always good to see a new trader join the merry band of the Edinburgh street food fraternity, particularly when they’re sporting a rather smart Citroen H van. The folks in question were Chick + Pea, who appeared for the first time over the four days of the recent Edinburgh Food Festival.
Their menu, as the name suggests, showcases hummus, falafel, chicken tagines, and other Moroccan and Middle Eastern classics.
I thought the falafel flatbread (£6) sounded like the best bet to give the breadth of their offering a look. This was freshly prepared with the homemade falafel cooked to order. They were topped with hummus and green tahini then loaded into a flatbread which was lightly toasted. It was then chopped into three for ease of eating. I was then on my way munching as I walked.
It proved nicely bright eating. The flatbread was toasted to a good crispness and the filling packed good nutty freshness. I liked it.
The fellow at the helm of operations has a varied background in the food industry, and not the most conventional for a street food trader. His grounding is in some very starry places, followed by lots of stops at chains. Some of the aspiration behind his new venture seems to be to have multiple outlets. I found it quite a refreshing tale; good luck to him, I say.
So overall, make sure to catch Chick + Pea the next time you spot them. They’re likely to pop up at some of the usual market spots of the coming weeks and months as they seek to establish themselves. Their veggie-friendly menu is likely to be a good fit and offers further breadth to our burgeoning Edinburgh street food community.