A man on a cart brings sugar cane fresh from the fields. You pay your money (about £1 for a metre section) and he smooths off the tough knots dividing the segments using a cleaver. You wash, then proceed to gnaw on the cane, crunching … Continue reading Sugar Cane
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 … Continue reading My Old Place – Di San Xian
The Whole Foods on Kensington High Street is a wonderland of food and I can’t help but feel like I’ve stepped into Willie Wonka’s factory. The pumpkin section has some of the most alien looking vegetables I’ve seen.
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.
So it’s Chinese mid-autumn festival time and with that you have mooncakes. Traditional ones are made of pastry, have an egg inside, and contain about a million calories. I much prefer these mooncakes from Da Ban which are less sweet, and contain more interesting fillings. … Continue reading Iced Mooncake
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 … Continue reading Tian Fu Szechuan BBQ
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.
Nice looking pizza, right? Wrong. It’s a flat(bread), at least according to Jamie Oliver’s newest restaurant Union Jacks. Naming aside, it was a particularly good pizza with nice strong cheese (no mozzarella), and very tasty toppings. The starters were also very good, in particular the … Continue reading Jamie’s Union Jacks Pizza
A glorious sight.
Montgomery cheddar, poilâne sourdough bread, and a sprinkle of onions and leeks makes for a tasty toastie (grilled cheese sandwich to Americans). If you can find a quiet day, or are prepared to battle through hordes of tourists, you’ll find this in Borough Market – just follow the … Continue reading Kappacasein Toasted Cheese Sandwich