Street Food Thursday
There is a night in Berlin, should you find yourself on the streets in Kreuzberg, that will spike your smell senses to such an extreme pleasurable level, that you will have no choice but to follow your nose. It’s Thursday night and it’s the smell of perfectly crafted food stalls that send you into some kind of fairytale dream of experiences. Casper the friendly ghost is there, Cinderella, you name it and they’re eating here on Thursday.
The Pixel Trade was photographing a whole lot of the stalls and some of the food they create. Each time I finished shooting a stall they were insistent on some of their food hitting my mouth. I didn’t resist the insist, despite each mouthful being the absolute limit to my storage capacity.
Interview with two food stalls
Describe your most memorable adventure as a child.
S1: Exploring grandma's garden with fresh herb, chicken stalls and the mango tree which is still there nowadays. On the vacation we did have to take care the animals, chickens, ducks and water buffaloes are typical animals. The water buffalos riding is one of my favorite adventure. I was quite dangerous, but somehow we love to do the race and my buffalo did have a name too.. Kauy Noi (little buffalo) she is quite small (like me) compared to the one from my buddies. In the cold winter after the harvest season, watching beautiful sunset and the endless rice field. The paddyfield is very huge for me in that time.
S2: Illegal fishing without a license at the local creek, wearing camouflage, with my friend "Zeusel'" who just came from East Germany and moved to our village. And then catching a really big trout!!
What is the best part about making food for people?
S1: To see those happy face after they try the food and these make me very happy. It is not just only cooking or making food, to share my passionate through food is such a great feeling and i at the moment i knew that my work is succeeded.
S2: The wine before and the chat after.
What was the strangest experience you’ve had at the markets?
S1: Coloured baby chickens are selling at the markets. The little chicken are cute enough they don't need to have be paint that way.
S2: She stalls with innards at the market in salvador de bahia (brasil), under the hot sun and without any cooling.
Are there any secrets to a good food stall?
S1: Follow the smell, beside the long line is also very important for a good food stall.
S2: just do what you love, with passion and a solid knowledge
Do you only work with food or do you have an unknown passion?
S1: I love painting, colour painting is my new challenge. Mostly flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs i like to paint.
S2: I am passionate about being a couch potato and watching documentaries on television. I know them all.
When you wake up in the morning what is the first thing you think about?
S1: It's not a cup of coffee, but the best dim sum for the breakfast, might be a great thing for me.
S2: The weather (coming from the days where I used to fish every day)
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever eaten?
S1: Veal brain stream in banana leave. I eat almost every things, but this one was very wired taste for me. But i do love to eat the chicken brain though, specially from the soup with sticky rice and the spicy dip.
S2: Worms. okay, this was in kindergarden.
Describe your most memorable adventure as an adult.
S1: Riding motorbike through the jungle forrest, i guess i was about 18 years old.
S2: Going out on the first night after moving as an 18-year-old from my village to "the big city", Munich.
If you had to recommend a favourite music album, what would it be?
S1: Decade in the Sun-Stereophonics
S2: too many. At the moment, Ladyhawke, "Anxiety". But most of the times, I listen to the Austrian music station FM4 - the best radio station in the world.