Bokit at Bokit’La, Oval Farmers’ Market

29 Aug

Salt fish Bokit

Salt fish bokit (sorry, I couldn’t wait to eat it)

LOCATION: Oval Farmers’ Market, St. Mark’s Church, 337 Kennington Park Road, SE11 4PW [map]

PRICE: A fiver, I think.

BREAD: A sort of fried pitta-style pocket bread.

FILLING: I tried both the aubergine with lettuce, avocado and hot sauce, and the salt fish with lettuce, avocado and hot sauce.

PROS: Where to start? I shall break it down into three glorious parts.

1) I hadn’t heard of this sandwich before last Saturday, and I was slightly ashamed/unsettled by the thrill it gave me to discover some fresh meat on the scene. I imagine it won’t surprise you to learn that this is the only bokit stall in London, and so we should firstly rejoice at the fact it is something new and interesting that is not just meat in a bun.

2) The bokit, in case you don’t know (ahem), is sold as street food in Guadeloupe. Small balls of dough are rolled out, deep fried, split and stuffed with a variety of fillings. Bokit’La offer chicken, aubergine, or salt fish. I tried the latter two, both topped with avocado (this is extra, recommended) and hot sauce (this is essential). Both awesome, but if I had to choose just one I think it would be the aubergine due to its almost explicit silkiness. And the sauce! It is made from scotch bonnets and comes in four heat levels. I, uncharacteristically, chose medium; next time I’ll go for hot. They pack all the flavour of the chilli, plus a whack of garlic, plus THEIR MUM MAKES THEM. Or the mother of one of them. I’m not sure these people are related. I’ll get to that in a minute.

3) Ladies! Gays! Listen the fuck up, right now, because these three men are BUFF. I am not kidding. Check out the evidence below. They bonded over their mutual love for swimming, apparently, and I’m talking serious swimming here, not a couple of lengths on a Monday afternoon when it’s quiet. Again, I point you towards the pictorial evidence. They’ve got the look, they’ve got the music, they’ve got the sandwiches. I’m not entirely sure what else you could want, save them being licensed.


CONS: Despite the fact that the sandwiches are mega tasty, I did, to be fair, give them an extra point for being muscly. I don’t think they’ve quite hit the giddy heights of an LROS 10/10 just yet.

SCORE: 9/10

Sadly their website is down but you can stalk them on Twitter and Facebook.


15 Responses to “Bokit at Bokit’La, Oval Farmers’ Market”

  1. Catherine August 29, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    Oh. Look at them! Are they there every week? Haven’t been there in ages. The bokits also look superb.

    • londonreviewofsandwiches August 29, 2014 at 11:35 am #

      Ha! Brilliant. Yes, they are there every week, as far as I am aware. I am fairly sure. it’s a shame that website isn’t working as it was working the other day but if you look at their facebook page (link at bottom) I think they say where they are on each day.

      • Jane August 29, 2014 at 11:40 am #

        I just managed to get on the website, some nice close up shots of Bokit’s. And men.

      • londonreviewofsandwiches August 29, 2014 at 11:41 am #

        Oh brill! Must be fixed then. That is good news.

      • Bokit'la March 23, 2015 at 10:09 am #

        yes website is working

        Thank you

        Updates are coming soon

  2. aliciafoodycat August 29, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Attractive men selling sandwiches – match made in heaven!

  3. Lizzie August 29, 2014 at 11:42 am #


    I mean, that sandwich. Yep. Ahem.

  4. Marina August 31, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    Thank you for a very well timed review. I was walking to the Oval Farmers’ Market when I read it, so I made a bee line for Bokit’La. Had the aubergine with avo and it was fabulous! The boys were lovely too – so happy and smiley! Luckily I live over the road so I will definitely be back!

  5. Hungry September 1, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    Man alive – yummy! Sandwich looks alright too.. I think you’re redefining ‘food porn’ here!

  6. Robert September 6, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    Thanks for the post. I’ve just had a wonderful chicken bokit. Very tender and juicy but I wimped out in the sauce. ….level 1! Next time, it will be the salt fish with a hotter sauce.

  7. Melina March 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    Just To let you know That Bokit’La is from Guadeloupe And Not Guadalupe which is different. Guadeloupe is One of the very few French Caribbean island in central America. Glad you all are Enjoying this Lovely food And Mens. X

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