Mexican Fried Chicken: straight outta Bushwood

Be quick to book a slot at the Friday-night-only chicken pop-up in E11

It’s encouraging – and let’s face it, no surprise – that so many of the capital’s streetfood vendors seem to live in Leyton and Leytonstone.

The other week, for example, we mentioned the new local venture from Broadway Market regulars Hanoi Kitchen, currently serving up every Friday near Leyton Midland Station. The only slightly frustrating factor is it’s so popular it’s been sold out when we’ve tried to book a slot (yep, we need to get more organised, we know).

Anyway, right across the other side of the neighbourhood are similarly acclaimed poultry purveyors MFC. Commuter types amongst you will know the name from spots at KERB in West India Quay and St Katherine’s Dock, but they’re also regulars up in Walthamstow. In fact, the team return to E17 this weekend with a stall outside the Community Hub (18a Orford Road) from 11am to 3pm.

But before that – tomorrow, in fact – they’ve got their fifth regular Friday night takeout slot from their roost in Bushwood, dishing up tenders boxes. Expect butter-soft signature breast, crispy skin-on fries, pico de gallo, smoky lime salt, corn dust, chipotle mayo and a choice of hot sauce.

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A little heat-timid? Don’t fear, you can also choose your spice levels. Prices start at £8 although a double box is £13, which seems a clucking good bargain if there are two of you gorging.

It’s also collection only so if, like us, you’re not quite lucky enough to live right there, enjoy the stroll over to E11’s leafiest corner.

The full menu for Friday night’s Bushwood takeaway is on Instagram @mfc_mexican_fried_chicken and you can email your order to djtatcho@hotmail.com. Photo: @JoannaSommerville

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