Agege Bread Shop – London East Street Market

On one Friday after work, Mrs Hen went to East Street Market to buy her supply of African foods for the weekend and the week ahead. She wanted to show me a store that sold “African fast food”, basically the food you would see in an African home.
This store Agege Bread, I think, has been around for a year or so. The popular takeaway foods I believe are the African foods. Although one could cook these at home, some would prefer to buy it already cooked and ready to eat… Most of the African families I know can cook, so I’m quite lucky. ^_^

Mrs Hen said I should try out the pies, so I did… the chicken pie is not like the ones you see in Gregs, it’s stuffed with ground chicken meat, there’s no creamy sauce inside, so it’s all meatly packed.

The one thing I saw most people buy was this sweet bread. It’s not very, very sweet, but sweet enough. Mrs Hen suggested this should be ate at breakfast time, toasted, and served with scrambled eggs and fried plantain which is what I did (see below ^_^). This bread is also made without eggs, and surprisingly doesn’t mold that easily! Wow!

I also bought this fish pie, which was quite dry… it also tasted fishy… ¬_¬” Didn’t eat it… sorry…

Well, if you want to try this place out it’s not far, and it’s only in East Street Market!

Address: 42 East St, London SE17 2DN
Phone: 020 7701 4672

Afrikiko Restaurant – London Old Kent Road

It’s time to eat something different… Well not so different but I hardly go to African restaurants so might as well…
Located on the Old Kent Road are many shops and restaurants. You just have to find the restaurants as they don’t stand out like lots of restaurants do in London. Miss Pinky and I were baby shopping… she’s due soon (another three months to go!!) and we actually stopped by this place called Afrikiko to look at the menu then go shopping again and finally came back. We were actually going to go and eat something Korean or Chinese but wanted something different. So Afrikiko it was as Miss Pinky often came here and knew the food… I think she was craving African food.
I think I was the only Chinese person there but apparently there was another Asian about. The people there were probably surprised to see an oriental woman there. ^_^ I like food people!
So we went through the menu. There’s a lot of choice and there were things that I had never heard of or had heard of but needed more explanation like kenkey and fufu… African food names that sound weird. I stuck to what I knew.
The menu cover
Miss Pinky ordered something she knew which is called fufu with meat. Fufu is a staple food and it is made out of yam. It’s a white blob as it’s mashed up which you can see in the next picture. You basically eat it with your hands and so they actually give you a bowl of water and soap to clean your hands. I’ve seen Miss Pinky eat this stuff before so quite used to her digging in.
Miss Pinky’s dish
Miss Pinky had to take the rest home as it was too much… she explained to me how Africans don’t know their portion sizes and so they dish out as much as one could handle…
Fufu and meat
I chose something I knew which often Mrs Hen served me when I go to hers to eat. Jollof rice is basically rice cooked with spices and tomatoes. I don’t know the cooking process but it’s one of my favourites so I never tire of jollof rice. With it came some chicken because I didn’t know what to have with it. Miss Pinky explained to me that African restaurants are not big on chicken as it is often cooked at home but it’s something that I’m used to.
Jollof rice and chicken
We ordered one more dish which was fried plantain with meat. Fried plantain is my most favourite African dish. I think every African I know loves the stuff! The meat is fried beef – Miss Pinky said they boil it and fry it I think. It came in a salty spicy sauce which the plantain went well with.
Plantain and meat

Total came to £37 with drinks. A bit expensive but considering the portions it was worth it. Going to try out some more African restaurants!!

According to Miss Pinky this place gets really busy at night (the clubbing part)… so go early if you want to enjoy your food!
My geeky rating: 4.5/5
Good points:
– Not an over the top restaurant and feels very local
– Big portions
– Nice service
Bad points:
– Food took too long to come out 😦 (that’s my only complaint)
Address: 871 Old Kent Rd, London, SE15 1NX

Tel: 020 7732 4041

An African Style "Surprise" Birthday Party

It was Miss Pinky’s Aunt’s 50th Birthday party yesterday. The party was supposed to be a surprise, but ended up not being a surprise… The aunt knows everything!! ¬_¬”” But before we went to the party, we prepared a lot of food… Well Miss Pinky and her mum prepared it all with jerk in the oven too, and then I was in charge of frying the plantain. (Note to Miss Pinky – I know how to fry things. Chinese people fry food all the time! Stop being so bossy!). Mrs Hen, my colleague and friend, fries plantain for me all the time, and so I know how it all goes. Mrs Hen always serves it with a spicy red peppery sauce for me. 😀
Fry, fry, fry that plantain!
The party started off really slowly (I was the only non-African person there!), and thankfully I have been to a few African style parties before (by the way, Miss Pinky is Black African and she doesn’t like really spicy food!). 
50th Party balloons

It’s a 50th birthday party!
And so I ate two plates of food… This is my first plate…
Fried chicken, jerk chicken, plantain and jollof fried rice
PLUS macaroni cheese at the bottom ~~~

By the time I finished eating my second plate (salad, more macaroni cheese and sandwiches), more food was coming out!! Oh my god, I have just filled my stomach, and now they’re bringing out more food! That’s African style partying for you… (Chinese people do the same but in Chinese style of course d’oh ¬_¬”).

I couldn’t eat anymore after my second plate, but managed to have 2 fruit style kebabs and a very, very spicy meat kebab!! Phew. That was really spicy! (I also ate a couple of cakes towards the end of the party 😀 )…
Fruit kebab

Spicy meat kebab… Some HOTT stuff!

So much food!! ^_^
It started getting late and it was time to go home, and Miss Pinky decided to take a few drinks and food back home (that is typical African behaviour – they do not like to waste food and drink!!)… Had to start running for the last train home too (so breathless, humph). 😦 
Waiting for the train home…
We finally got to London Bridge Station and then parted our ways both of us finding ourselves looking at drunken people and couples snogging each other at different bus-stops…! OMG. That’s a typical London night out for you. ^^””

Another birthday party next week (guess whose)… Let’s see how that one goes…