Pinoy Street Food Stall in London Wins Php24 Million in BBC Reality TV Contest

A street food stall that sells Filipino food in London has won a £350,000 investment (Php24 million) on BBC Two’s reality TV contest, My Million Pound Menu.

Photo credit: Rosie Mirren / Standard UK

Born in the Philippines, Lee Johnson loves Filipino and has learned a number of Filipino recipes from his grandmother. Now based in London, the Fil-Am decided to open BBQ Dreamz with his Irish partner Sinead Campbell.

Photo credit: Rosie Mirren / Standard UK

BBQ Dreamz is a street food stall that offers delicious Filipino food from recipes Johnson learned from his Pinoy grandmother while growing up. Johnson and Campbell opened the street food stall back in 2014, aiming to bring Filipino food to London.

Photo credit: Rosie Mirren / Standard UK

Knowing they also have to adapt to the culinary tastes of their customers, Johnson and Campbell created a twist to the Filipino dishes, making sure to adapt the classic Pinoy food with the favorites of Londoners.

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So, you’ll find updates on classic Filipino food on the menu, such as lechon kawali which comes served with coriander, celery, and radish. BBQ Dreamz also offers sticky adobo chicken wings. But unlike the usual Pinoy taste, the dish is more like “sweet and sour chicken adobo” – and Londoners love it!

Just like many street food stalls in London, BBQ Dreamz does not stay in one place. Loyal customers can enjoy the scrumptious Pinoy food from BBQ Dreamz at the popular KERB street food markets across London.

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According to Standard UK, BBQ Dreamz can be found at the following locations on this schedule:

  • Paddington site on Wednesdays
  • West India Quays on Thursdays
  • King’s Cross Granary Square on Fridays
  • non-KERB spot Brockley Market on Saturdays
Photo credit: Rosie Mirren / Standard UK

But the street food stall’s success in the London market was proven with the big win on “My Million Pound Menu”, besting fellow Londoners The Duck Truck and Leeds-hailing Jah Jyot to bring home the £350,000 investment.

Sources: Standard UK, ABS-CBN News