Haidilao Hotpot 海底撈火鍋- London, Piccadilly Circus (@Trocadero)

Made it to my 1000th Post!! 👏👏👏 Well done to me!

However I’m beginning to really dislike WordPress’s Block Editor, because I can’t seem to get the pictures to look the right size or resizing seems to be difficult and trying to centre is just a nightmare! It’s an annoyance for a long-term blogger who used to be able to control how a blog post should look like rather than the blogging site making you write a blog post in a certain way… Such an annoyance! Grrr.

(A few moments later after fiddling so much…)

But now after a few trial and errors, things seem to have worked out, I hope! (This was probably why I stopped blogging for a bit, as the picture/image issue was my major problem – how to edit them!). 🤓

Mr Sensible said he was disappointed of me and Miss Money, because we didn’t introduce him to Chinese hotpot. 🤣🤣🤣 I actually thought hotpot was already a famous method of cooking/eating in the cooking. I guess not! Shame on this geek for making assumptions. So it was decided we go and try out a popular hotpot place amongst the current Eastern Asians living in London – Haidilao 海底捞 (Canto: hoi dei l海底撈火鍋海底撈火鍋

Haidilao is popular and infamous for their polite service. It was defo polite service! I guess better than some other Chinese restaurants I’ve been to. Got complimentary dishes of strips of tofu skin and spicy peanuts.

At Haidilao you get to choose more than one soup base for your food to boil in (up to four soups I think). So the ones we chose were the ones on discount – Mala (麻辣) – a very spicy soup that burns your mouth for a short of period of time compared to other spices, and the other was Tomato – a milder flavour.

Miss Money and I decided on getting ourselves a bubble tea each, whilst Mr Games and Mr Sensible went for fizzy drinks. I don’t think my Thai bubble tea was sweet enough. Oh well.

There is also an area where you can create your own sauces to dip your food in after boiling – see my two little plates next to the drinks?

Haidilao basically asks you to order your ingredients using an iPad. So all the ingredients you order are raw.

Once the soups start boiling, start putting the food in, boil it for up 5 to 10 minutes, then scoop, dip in your sauces and eat. And that’s we did all night! Well, for a couple of hours… You can keep ordering more food using the iPad if you feel you haven’t had enough.

Mr Games wasn’t impressed with having to constantly cook, wait and then eat. Mr Sensible seemed to enjoy it – I think he would go and eat this again. And Miss Money and I were just used to eating this way. LOL!

After eating and leaving the restaurant did I realise that they really did offer a free manicure! Wow!! That’s called SERVICE!!!

Did you know that you can buy the soup bases for hot pot in a Chinese supermarket? MummyGeek and I spotted the Haidilao brand in New Long Moon Supermarket in China Town!! You can easily make your own hotpot at home. ^_^

Total came to £102.46, that’s with drinks, some other extra food not pictured about (some fish and hand-pulled noodles – which are pulled right in front of your table!).

My geeky rating: 4.7 / 5 (it didn’t impress Mr Games so much, so knocked off a 0.3 points)

Address: Unit 4 Trocadero Centre, 5 Piccadilly Circus, London W1D 7DH

Tel: 020 8150 0616

Website: https://www.haidilao.com/en/index/index.html

OutFry Vauxhall – Takeaway Korean Fried Chicken

I was really craving Korean fried chicken, but I just didn’t want to always go to Cheemc everytime I craved it, so I ordered from another place on UberEats. I ordered from OutFry Vauxhall.

I ordered a couple of items on the menu. Sweet potato fries and some boneless chicken strips. They arrived on the lukewarm side which was one disappointment… The chicken strips tasted bland and even with the spicy mayo, it just didn’t give me a good vibe. The sweet potato fries was just lukewarm, and I just didn’t enjoy eating them.

Overall, it was a disappointing takeaway. Maybe the cardboard packaging just doesn’t work for food travelling a slightly longer distance. Oh well!

My geeky rating: 3.5/5

Website: https://outfry.com/en/

Eastbourne Summer Break

Not much to blog about these days… so now I’m going back to the summer time. Finally got time to finish up a few more posts before the end of the year. Might skip the Christmas ads this year, as I don’t think Christmas will be the same this year.

We were all cooped up for a good 6 months. No travelling. Not much walking and exploring going on and Miss Money kept talking on our group chat about hiking so much during the lockdown. She misses the socialising (she still does). I’ve not missed as much as I have so many colleagues, and still trying to find my ground between working from home and when to go in to work!

So during the summer bank holiday, our last holiday of the year (I’m hoping to at least travel somewhere next year!!) we went hiking in Eastbourne.

Miss Money was supposed to plan this trip BUT she didn’t do very well!!! We started off from Victoria Station, and then headed to Eastbourne Station. Once we arrived, Miss Money said we had to walk to a car park area before we actually were going to do the hike… It was a long walk!

I thought the hike started from here… we were all wrong!

On we walked. The cliffs are quite dangerous, so I would advise not to go too close to the edge! Apparently there have been many deaths in the past. 😦

We walked on past the lighthouse and finally into the car park where we had a short break but were attacked by bees because of the food we had bought from the shop. Mr Sensible took a really cool picture of the bees attacking his food… I wish I had the chance to do that, but was scared of getting a bee sting.

After our short bee encounter, we carried on with a lot of hill walking and sheep poop. Sigh. It was painful.

And then, we went into a passage onto the right side of us where a few people were heading towards…

Hehehehehe, so Mr Sensible said we should stop off at the pub (which I think is a tourist spot) – I think it was an excuse to stop walking… Well, we saw where “Sherlock Holmes” once lived. Amazing find!! We had a bowl of cheesy chips and an alcoholic beverage. I felt like poop after all that hill walking.

Well after this walk, we headed back into town… I pulled a muscle, and I was determined not to walk anymore. (I got a bit moody… LOL! But surprisingly, the others didn’t say anything.) Thankfully we were on a bus route, so I took the bus, and the others walked to the town centre. The bus ride was fairly quick, and I know that I would have slowed everyone down if we rested (Mr Games agreed – LOL!).

Anyway, I managed to go into Wilko and buy some yarn whilst waiting for the group. It didn’t take them long…

Then it was homeward bound. Games, Sensible and Money were pooped out. HAH!

We somehow ended up eating in Bill’s Restaurant and Bar in Victoria. Games and Money ate the chicken burger… They didn’t think it was that great. Sensible ate the steak and eggs (I don’t think it was enough for him). And I had the mac n cheese – it was good stuff! Mr Sensible should have stuck to his original choice as the mac n cheese had enough cheese and bacon… Very filling!

Well, that concludes our “summer vacation”. I hope I get to go somewhere outside of the UK next year. My fingers are crossed… Let those vaccines commence!