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the manner of a vegetable lasagne, but found a cheesy mushroom sauce between every other pasta layer instead. It’s earthy, nutty and coarse, a perfect winter lunch. You can order a whole tray of your chosen lasagne- including saffron and pistachio chicken, classic beef and vegan varieties- for your Christmas dinner. You could probably make a bigger lasagne for the £5 this portion cost me, but it wouldn’t be as good- admit it to yourself and go and buy one.


Te people who own Lasagneria have secured themselves a second stall opposite which they are refurbishing and opening up as a dining area. Tis is a story common among the market stall holders, one of optimism and aspiration.


TASTY HOUSE


Just a few stalls further down the same row you can enjoy, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indonesian Burmese and Tai food. Te menu changes every day to provide you with a range of authentic street food. Te food is cooked from fresh before your eyes, and the aromas are sensational, added bonus they have a seating area. Your food is served on crockery with chop sticks or cutlery provided. I had the yellow curry chicken with rice. Te flavours were wonderful a real depth of taste and ingredients delighted the taste buds. Te Pad Tai vegan dish was optionally served with beansprouts and nuts if you wished. Te sauce just


Tiny salted pretzel and chocolate kisses were inhaled in a single bite but packed a mighty punch and exploded in flavour. With this we had a funfetti whoopie pie. Funfetti is American for hundreds and thousands, and whoopie is American for missionary intercourse. Tis is a personalised birthday cake shaped like a cannonball, but fluffy and light (and useless in combat). Te buttercream icing is lemon-flavoured and there’s a big dollop of lemon curd in the middle. With this we had an Almond and Blackberry Financier. Sticky, soft and lovely.


I’m starting to feel unwell. I’m not sure why. I haven’t eaten that much. Maybe I need a drink?


AND EAT IT


Don’t need to tell me twice. A vision in pastels this stall easily catches the eye and draws you in with sight of


I almost managed it: a light, wholesome lunch full of bright colours and fresh flavours. Te veggie option


My companion had a unicorn shake; pastel pink and dotted with rainbow drops, white chocolate buttons, marshmallows, flying saucers and fizzy laces. For £3 each these were insanely good value and a great treat to end the day.


Ok, that’s it. I couldn’t handle any more that day. I’m weak. I needed to lie down. But I had to come back later to try


CHURROS & CHORIZO


complimented the tofu and noodles so well. I could not help but notice a dish of Spicy Kua Kling chicken that went passed me, the aroma was amazing, and was wondering could I east another dish? We washed down our meal with fresh coconut. With main dishes from £4.95 - £5.95, your senses and stomach will be pleased you stopped to rest and eat. By all means ask the chefs for their advice they are more than happy to help you with your choices. We worth a visit


I think if I wasn’t the glutton I am this is where I would call it a day,


CAKE BY FIGBAR


their enormous cookies and delicious cakes in huge glass bell jars on the counter. Sadly these weren’t our aim and we instead opted for a couple of freakshakes. If you’re not sure what this is, a freakshake is the kind of milkshake you would have made when you were 6 if you had access to all the cakes in the bakery, all the sweets in the sweetshop and a mother who didn’t know what diabetes was. Served in glass jars, some spill from the top with chocolate muffins, others with donuts and popping candy. Mine was a minty, a chocolate shake with aero bubbles, mint oreos, mint matchmakers and whipped cream. It was good, real good, but didn’t really help with the whole, feeling sick thing. I didn’t care.


from Churros and Chorizo (chickpea and vegetable stew with tabbouleh and bread) features the biggest chickpeas I’ve ever seen, along with tomato, courgette and onions that taste like they were pulled from the ground just seconds before my arrival. Te tabbouleh- a salad of bulgar wheat, tomatoes, mint and parsley- is served cold, adding another layer of garden freshness. It’s all a bit “healthy”, this. It felt wrong but tasted great and was very much needed. Ten I see the churro machine. I’ve never seen anything like it before- the bemused stallholders tell me that it might be the only one of its kind in Norfolk. Te dough is stretched and dropped in a vat of bubbling oil, like one of those gunpowder plotters on BBC2. Te crisp spindly strands are rolled in cinnamon and sugar and served with a deep puddle of melted chocolate. I order six, and the chocolate doesn’t run out until I’m on the last one. I suspect I’ve just eaten a “sharing portion” all on my lonesome.


Conclusion My vouchers have run


out and I’ve almost reached my word count but I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of the food on offer on the market. Someone said there was cheese! Where’s the beer?


Opening a restaurant or café is a huge financial risk, one that many talented people simply cannot take. A market stall is the perfect first step for people to realise their dreams and this gives a real sense of excitement, optimism and vibrancy to the food available on the here. Give them a try… you’ve got no excuse for having a boring work lunch again.


James MacDonald and Victoria Haddow.


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