There are few who could fail to have their spirits lifted and their appetites piqued by the bright sight of one of Everybody Love Love Jhalmuri Express’s technicolour rigs on the horizon. Alongside almost-unrivalled Kolkata chaat, street food supremo Angus Denoon dispenses wit, wisdom, and his unique philosophies. To eat his food is to sate stomach and soul.
From delighting Dubliners to traversing the mean streets of Tooting, how has 2016 been for this non-Indian Indian food vendor?
Your highlight of the year – and why it was so?
I did a workshop in Dublin that adapted the rhythm of a Bengali lunch to a Dublin dinner; celebrating a love for the humble spud, banter, and a good song. The world seemed a smaller place after that one.
Favourite Indian place you ate at?
The Gujarati dal at Pooja Sweets in Tooting always works for me.
Favourite non-Indian place you ate at?
The Fumbally Café, Dublin 8.
The fellow Indian foodies who’ve done great things?
The Indian dish you’ve cooked the most this year?
My signature: jhal muri.
Your 2017 plans?
I’m learning it’s best to not talk about plans – just do things and surprise people instead of disappointing them.
Who would you crown your Indian chef of the year?
Manjit Kaur, who uses old ancestral hands to do new things with Manjit’s Kitchen, keeping Indian food fresh, alive, and accessible.