I appreciate that this may just look like a shiny mess of yellow and green things, but I found it quite exciting as it’s the first time outside of China that I’ve had an authentic version of one of my favourite dishes.
It’s called ‘North East people three fresh vegetables of the earth’, or dong bei ren di san xian – potato, aubergine (eggplant to all non-English speakers), and bell peppers, covered in a dark gravy-like sauce. Sounds lovely eh?
Eaten at My Old Place near Liverpool Street, which was like stepping into a canteen in China. Their egg and chive dumplings were also very good.
I’ve walked past My Old Dutch, just off Kensington Hight Street, so many times and have never been in until now. As you would expect, it’s a very Dutch themed pancake restaurant with lots of sweet and savoury options.
Tucked away on Goldhawk Road this Szechuan BBQ place serves up spiced meats and vegetables at cheap prices – 75p per veggie skewer, and 85p per meat skewer. Several warnings are needed though – it’s easy to spend more than you think, and it’s Szechuan hot. Don’t come here looking for sweet and sour pork.
Not to be confused with Tian Fu across the road, owned by the same people, but serving up traditional Szechuan hot pots. I guess once you’ve settled on a name it’s easier to stick with it.
Hiyashi Kazimi. Cold noodles with a cold pouring sauce – lovely for a hot summer day. This was at Koya in Soho, a small Japanese udon noodle restaurant that is so popular you’ll probably end up queuing. Very nice it was too.
Opposite Mornington Crescent tube. A lot of cream, but tasty all the same.
Harwood Arms, Fulham. I don’t know what the thing was under the egg, but it was tasty.
Very tasty and fun to watch being made.