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Richard Johnson

Say My Name

She’s had more names than Prince. And, unfortunately for Candida Balfour, this Marie Claire piece about her Rainbo food truck hit the newsstands a day or two after she changed her name. Again. She now answers to ‘Xochi’. If anyone can pronounce it, that is. “After 29 years going by Shrimpy and Candida, both of which have their quirks, I was lucky enough to ask for and be given a new name by my friends in Costa Rica on my recent travels there. Xochi – pronounced sotchi – means flower in the Nahuatl language of the region and I am very happy to have been given it for the next part of my life. Nothing to do with the Russian Olympics.” Xochi is a street food institution. You know her fresh gyoza are on their way when you hear her Rainbo truck in the neighbourhood. Which, trust me, you will – it’s a huge 1948 Ford pickup. The fat little dumplings go down especially well because 20p from every portion sold helps to grow a kitchen garden in Southern Nepal, but also try the miso soup, endamame and crunchy Asian salad. We need more social philanthropy on the streets. And more food that tastes this good. Go Xochi!