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Instant-Hit Chinese Street Food Hatch Secures Market Stall in Spitalfields

Z He’s Pleasant Lady Jian Bing from Soho has secured a second site at The Kitchens, in Old Spitalfields Market

Pleasant Lady Jian Bing’s jianbing is one of London’s best street foods Pleasant Lady Jian Bing [Official Photo]

Pleasant Lady Jian Bing Trading Stall, the small street-side hatch on Greek Street in Soho has confirmed that it will open a second site — at The Kitchens, in Old Spitalfields Makret in east London. Founder and chef Z He serves traditional Chinese-style crepes; the kiosk has proved an instant hit, having only opened in mid-April. The new site will open on Monday 11 June and for three days — presumably in a bid to attract the market’s longest queue — will offer jian bing for £1.

Jian bing is a a thin crispy pancake — covered in a mixture of egg, fermented bean paste, chilli oil, herbs and protein — folded up and eaten immediately, traditionally for breakfast. A restorative and fortifying Chinese streetfood that is sometimes compared to a burrito or savoury crepe. Fillings offered by He include: Iberico char siu pork, cumin-spiced lamb or grilled miso chicken.

He, who also launched Bun House and Tea Room on Greek Street last year with husband Alex Peffly, said: “Old Spitalfields Market is the perfect east London home for Pleasant Lady Trading Stall. The spirit of the market is a great match for our jian bing, which is designed to be eaten on the go. It will be exciting to bring a much-loved taste of my childhood in Canton to the hustle and bustle of east London.”

The Kitchens in Spitalfields launched last autumn, curated by the celebrated Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes. It is a collection of street food stands and semi-permanent restaurant hatches, and includes a number of cult and favourite London-based brands, including Dumpling Shack, Monty’s Deli, Taberna do Mercado, Berber & Q - Shawarma Bar and Lahpet.

Taberna do Mercado

107b Commercial St, London, Greater London E1 6BG 020 7375 0649 Visit Website

Monty's Deli

227-229 Hoxton Street, , England N1 5LG 020 7729 5737 Visit Website

Monty's Deli

Earlham Street, , England WC2H 9LX Visit Website


58 Bethnal Green Road, , England E1 6JW 020 3883 5629 Visit Website

Spitalfields Market

56 Brushfield Street, , England E1 6AA 020 7377 1496 Visit Website

Berber & Q - Shawarma Bar

46 Exmouth Market, , England EC1R 4QE 020 7837 1726 Visit Website


94 Lamb's Conduit Street, , England WC1N 3LZ 020 7405 0713 Visit Website

Bun House

24 Greek Street, , England W1D 4DZ 020 8017 9888 Visit Website