Oriental Tasty Express 好好吃 – London, East Street Market

My driving test is just around the corner. A bit nervous. Writing that I’m nervous might ease my nerves a bit. I hope it does… But in case I fail, I will try and try again before I give up! Just need to focus and plan ahead. Brexit is going to happen soon (whether we like it or not), so it might be best for me to finish up with this driving!!

 

I’ve been waiting patiently for Miss Pinky to suggest to go to this Chinese restaurant in East Street Market for a while now, but it’s been too long now, I went to try this place with MummyGeek (because I think she wanted to try it out as well).

This place is called Oriental Tasty Express 好好吃 (Canto: hou hou hek; Mando: hao hao chi). The Chinese meaning literally means “very tasty”. It’s a small restaurant

 

MummyGeek and I love eating beef brisket, so we ordered curry beef brisket with rice. This was an ok dish. I actually liked it!

 

I ordered the beef brisket noodle soup. The beef brisket was nice, but the soup hardly had any flavour to it. The soup was so plain. If you went to China Town, the flavours are much richer and suits well with the beef brisket.

 

 

 

Here’s a few takeaways… Special fried rice. I liked it. This didn’t have any soy sauce, which is what I like!! I think Mr Stingy thought it lacked a bit of flavour to it.

 

And these are the salt and pepper fried frog legs which I have been craving for! Yummy! They really taste like chicken.

 

Total here including the tea for two, plus adding the takeaway on top came to £40.70. I don’t think any service charge was added. That’s a first for a very long time!
I wouldn’t say it was all that tasty, but it feels like they do give it a try. It’s very much a northern style Chinese restaurant rather than a Cantonese based restaurant. The tastes are very vast.
MummyGeek actually bought some other types of takeaway from this restaurant a week or two later – I don’t recommend the duck and barbeque pork… I also bought some takeaway from the JustEat app for Miss Pinky and Mr Picky to taste. The sweet and sour food was ok, mussels were very spicy although Miss Pinky and her father said it wasn’t! Egg fried rice was ok.
My geeky rating: 4/5 (MummyGeek wouldn’t agree with this rating – probably a 2.5 for her Cantonese tastes).

Good points:
– Polite service
– Some foods are ok – especially the beef brisket
– No service charge added (!?)

Bad points:
– Slightly bland with their soup bases for the noodle soup
– Wouldn’t recommend the bbq or duck

Address: 54 East St, London SE17 2DN
Tel: 0203 609 4888

They have no website.

Gourmet Travels in Shenzhen – Day 11 + 12: Dim Sum, Durian and Dining

Have paused my driving lessons for the moment. I’m almost there. Just need to kickstart my confidence and add a bit of oil, then do the test… But for the moment I have some time to do some blogging!


Saturday 7th July 2018

Woohoo! It was another weekend in China, and time for a spot of dim sum dining. It’s such a common activity and I’m so used to it by now! But the only thing I can’t understand is when everyone orders a lot of the same foods… The table just kept getting filled. So much food that my poor stomach couldn’t take anymore. I seriously don’t eat that much, I just don’t exercise. 😛

I saw these gluten butterflies and thought they were quite pretty. But tastewise, they were quite plain. The design was the only nice thing about this. 😑

Can’t remember what these were but there was prawn stuffed inside. Missy S was about to kill me with her glare when I said to Mrs Travels that she already 2 or 3 har gaw… Uh oh. I must not mess with Missy S and her foods. 

I was quite happy everyone got together. Family visits and being together is important in Chinese culture. 
It rained for the rest of the morning and afternoon, so we ended up staying in. I don’t mind. 
Later in the day, we ended up eating a lot of durian. Yep. Stinky durian. The taste is hard to describe, but it’s like mango/pineapple with a smooth cheesy texure and the smell of very stinky cheese… Talking about it makes me want to eat some. The bad thing about durian is that it makes you go to the toilet if you eat it with different combos of food… like don’t drink beer with durian which I had done. Not nice. 😱

Mrs Travels used some of the durian to make a pizza.

It actually tasted ok, but probably needed a bit of mature cheese as it was a little too sweet. But not bad! I want some now!

Uh hm. Yeah we had a bit of late night snacking with a beer… Excellent! There’s noodles at the bottom of this. ^_^

Mrs Travels had this… I think she had some cravings…

Sunday 8th July 2018

Short post. I can’t remember why we went out shopping again. It was one of those random things we were doing. Anyway, we ended up dining in KFC! The KFC in China feels a little different. Feels like they take in frying these chicken. 

And here’s just a random drink I bought from the shop… If only the British could be cuter with their food packaging. ^_^

End of Days 11 and 12. ^_^

Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant 中英 – Chinese Quarter, Birmingham

Free time means blogging time. 😉

Dim sum feast time!!!

The last time I went out to eat dim sum was a week before going to Birmingham! 😂

We went to a Cantonese restaurant which was Miss Wine’s choice, as originally she wanted us to try a Malaysian place a few doors down, but it looked busy and there was nowhere to put Baby B’s pram…

Chung Ying 中英 (Canto: jong ying; Mando: zhong ying) could have several meanings: “Chinese and English”, “Middle of England”, “In England/Britain”. I don’t know what the owners intention was but the name fairly fits in. 😆 It’s located in the middle of Chinese Quarter in Birmingham.

So we had a few minutes wait before going to our table.

And on the menu was KANGAROO! OMG. A Cantonese restaurant selling kangaroo meat. Woah. That was totally unexpected. Did I order any? Of course not!

We all ordered our dishes and dim sum… I think I ordered too much. But it makes up for the evening meal on the train journey. A sandwich for dinner. A feast for lunch the next day. 
I ordered my favourite Shredded Pork Crispy noodles. Practically had the whole plate as the other two didn’t like the mushrooms in it. ¬_¬ Seriously, why do people hate mushrooms?

Miss Pinky had her squid as usual. It was definitely fried differently. A different type of batter. It tasted quite crispy.

Miss Wine ordered the veggie spring rolls… Tasted ok!

Fried prawn balls with thousand sauce on top. Yummilicious!! I could eat these all over again!

Fried beef balls. Very different! Interesting to be honest. I would order these again. ^_^

Some steamed dumplings…

Elks in curry sauce. Yum yum. A bit spicy. Miss Pinky thought they look slimy.

Miss Wine ordered this… Not sure what this was to be honest. Hahahahah.

Miss Pinky had the gizzard / tripe. She loves the stuff.

But she found the ribs not to her liking. I think she thought they were the ones with extra sauce like the ones you get in the American steakhouses. She hardly had any of this… Too bad.

Total came to £52.10. Not too bad for three people. Although I feel like I ordered the majority. Roughly ~£17 each. It’s good. I paid the majority and Miss Pinky the rest. LOL! Treating our host Miss Wine. 😉

My geeky rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)

Good points:
– Polite service, one of the waiters even helped me with Baby B’s pram down the stairs even when I said she’s a bit heavy (sorry Baby B 😅)
– Reasonable prices… we apparently chose the ok cheapish dishes on the menu
– Very spacious restaurant
– Food came out reasonably quick… and steaming hot

Bad points:
– Can’t think of any! It just tastes as good as the stuff in London.

Address: 16-18 Wrottesley Street, Birmingham China Town, B5 4RT
Tel: 0121 622 5669
Website: https://www.chungying.co.uk/

Noodle Family Limited 万家面馆 – London Surrey Quays

Christmas is now over and it’s a Happy New Year! We’ve got some food posts to get through! It’s been a somewhat quiet Christmas at home but busy at work… Couldn’t even catch up with my own database work. Damn work colleagues!!
How long has it been since I’ve blogged about Chinese food? Donkey years! 
So, Miss Pinky decided to take Baby B to see Santa, and so I tagged along. First stop, we had to go to a baby party and see Baby B’s cousins… Then it was time to eat something. Anything. I had a feeling that Miss Pinky wanted Chinese food, and seriously I couldn’t be bothered to say no to our first stop. Hahahahah.
Noodle Family Limited 万家面馆 (Traditional: 萬家麵館 – Canto: man ga min gun; Mando: wan jia mian guan. Meaning: 10,000 Family Noodles Restaurant) is right next door to Surrey Quays Overground Station. Miss Pinky used to go here when she was pregnant as she had lived nearby (now moved) but it’s my first time here.

Quickly looked at the menu. I think Miss Pinky was kind of rushing before Baby B threw a tantrum. 
Squid was the first option for starters. This was nicely prepared and tasted ok.

I had the beef slices with the handmade noodles and soup… It was kind of bland unfortunately. If the soup was a bit richer in taste I would have given this a thumbs up. Had to add lots of salt into it. The bowl of soup noodles contained stripped tofu slices, egg, black fungus, veggies… all a nice combo, only the soup was the main problem.

Miss Pinky had her beef in black bean sauce and veggies… as always she rarely touched the veggies and just went for the meat and sauce. I just don’t understand why she hates veggies! Why do people hate vegetables so much?

This is Baby B with her lightning hair trying to eat her chips… They were a bit too hot for her. Heheheh. Fussy eater at the moment. Her “Terrible Twos” is going to stay for a little bit. 😆 (But at least she enjoyed seeing Santa in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre).
Total came to £31.57. Gave Miss Pinky a little scare of the price by saying it was over £50. LOL! 

My Geeky Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)

Good points:
– OK service
– Food came out quite quickly

Bad points:
– My noodles were a bit bland

Address: 1B Rotherhithe Old Rd, London SE16 2PP
Tel: 020 7232 1323

Zing Zing 调味 Chinese Food. Delivered – London Walworth Road

Ah… for some reason the blogging app and website don’t sync! Had to rewrite some of this…
A long awaited post for those who live in the area of Walworth Road (not Elephant and Castle). Not sure why restaurants in the area like to place their addresses in the vicinity of Elephant and Castle, when they are clearly in Walworth! Get your geography right peeps… Elephant and Castle is technically part of Walworth and Newington (confusing, I know) – Part of Lambeth and Southwark… Awkward!
Geography lesson over. Let’s get on with the food! 
So Zing Zing! Is not the actual pronunciation of those two Chinese characters that are displayed. 调味 (Mando: tiao wei; Canto: tiu mei) means “seasoning” which gives the “zing zing” on our food. All our food needs a bit of Zing Zing I guess.
Zing Zing! is slotted between some not so obvious shops so it’s easily missed with their black outer layer and shop sign saying “Chinese food. Delivered”. 😅

Inside the tiny takeaway serves the not so typical Chinese foods but actually a variety of Asian foods like Korean and Thai foods. It’s pretty much a Pan Asian takeaway. (Should they really be using the word “Chinese” for their foods? Controversial!).

Ordered a few dishes. 4 dishes to be exact. The nice thing about this place, although small, you can see the chefs cook. Took a little while to cook but I didn’t mind since it was raining heavily outside. 🌧
These are the free Thai prawn crackers I got… (actually got 2 boxes… Think the guy serving probably thought I didn’t get any). 😅 
This is the salt and pepper squid. The squid had enough zing zing on top, fried nicely and was not rubbery at all. Nice and soft.

I think this dish is quite popular. Sweet and sour chicken. It wasn’t too sweet and not too sour, had a nice texture… I would go for this dish again!

The Chilli beef strips were a little tough but it tasted amazing! A nice lot of zing zing here!!

The beef chow mein was really tasty!! It reminded me of the Chinese fried and dried beef with flat rice noodles… Woooow…!! 

The leftovers were taken to work. Couldn’t waste it!

Total cost came £28.80. Expensive for 4 dishes! I can actually buy more dishes in a normal Chinese takeaway for the same price.

My geeky rating: 4.5/5 (lost a 0.5 because of being expensive)

Good points:
– Very tasty dishes
– Customer service was somewhat ok (but I think arguments can be set aside… Even if they are minor)

Bad points:
– Expensive!

Address: 227 Walworth Rd, London SE171RL
Tel: 020 3745 8696

Website: https://www.zing-zing.co.uk/

One Plus Chinese Restaurant 一品天下 – London China Town

As you may remember Miss Money, who has been my friend for 10++ years, works around the China Town area, so she knows when there’s a new restaurant opening, or some sort of new food shop. LOL! She’s been waiting for me to write this post since February, but I’ve been too busy and lazy… 😀 Getting old is not fun peeps… you become a tired zombie from work, social life, Pokémon hunting (LOL) and all you want to do is sleep…

So this restaurant One + 一品天下 (Mando: yi pin tian xia; Canto: yat bun tin ha… kind of literally means “one goods/product world”, but I don’t know the exact meaning of it) opened in February. Miss Money had already been there once with her colleagues, but invited me (plus Mr Games and Mr Sensible, but they decided not to come). 

The table settings look quite plain and simple.

We looked at the menu and they were all in colourful pictures which I guess helps people who aren’t Chinese speakers or readers to decide what they want. There was a big seafood platter on a hot plate on the menu which looked kind of messy when I saw other people eating their food. 
Anyway, we ordered. Well Miss Money did the ordering…
Out came first were my spicy pig intestines. I love these. I know that they can be unclean, but these were ok. They were very spicy, slightly on the salty side, but didn’t mind that. Did I eat these in HK last year? I can’t remember.

Next came out was the sweet and sour chicken. It was kind of a small portion size for the price tagged alongside with it. This is what Miss Money wanted to eat. I’m not sure if we were impressed with the flavouring or not, but it did need more sugar in it. To be honest, I still like Cantonese style sweet and sour foods, other My Old Place in Liverpool St still has a great northern style. ^_^

The portion size of our shrimp egg fried rice was not impressive either. Felt too small! But taste wise it was fine.

I ordered this aubergine dish… it was mega salty!! Slightly spicy, but I did like the dish which went well with the rice.

Miss Money and I were still hungry (well I was anyway), so we ordered for a plate of chicken dumplings… it took forever to come, and I felt like we were going to be there all night… Had they forgotten our order? Nope… just took too long!

It was interesting served like this…

And all we had to do was split them up.

I think this had to be my favourite dish of the evening… A nice thick doughy skin texture, and it was a good portion size.

Total price came to £43.89 including drinks. Very expensive looking dinner Miss Money!

My geeky rating: 4.5/5

Good points: 
– Polite service
– Liked the dumplings

Bad points:
– Had to wait a bit long for the food
– A bit expensive

Address: 31 Gerrard St, London W1D
Tel: 020 7287 2838

After dinner, we went walking (whilst catching Pokémon)… Noticed a drawing on New Loon Moon Supermarket’s pillar. LOL!

Tried to take a picture of the signs on the traffic lights… total fail with my mobile phone… :p

This was outside BFI Southwark. Euro forever! 😀

And of course the London Eye lit up in red… I forgot what for at the time. ^_^

Tuen Ng Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) 2016

About a week and a half ago, on June 9th was Tuen Ng Festival in Asia. What’s Tuen Ng Festival? It’s called 端午節 (Canto: dyun m jit; Mando: Duān wǔ jié) literally meaning “end, noon, festival” but it means Dragon Boat Festival.
There’s various stories of it’s origin which I think you’ll need to look up because I can’t decide which one is a good one to tell!
As well as boat racing the Chinese will eat Zhong (pronounced: Jung) which is sticky rice with some meat and veggie filling and yellow beans wrapped in banana leaves and then are steamed. I bought lots on the day in China Town (after a really, really stressful day which ended in misery at work.  
‧º·(˚ ˃̣̣̥⌓˂̣̣̥ )‧º·˚ – needed cheering up!!). 
This all cost me £31!!! OMG. So expensive. 

I bought 6 savoury ones and 2 sweet red bean ones (the smaller version) in a back street where they manufacture these and lots of other foods for the companies around China Town and London wide.

The savoury one smelled so nice!! It’s massive compared to the normal triangular version you would see in the supermarkets. There was a lot of yellow beans, some char siu and one piece of mushroom. Needed some salt! My parents had some and I had loads (finished the last one yesterday).

This is the smaller, sweet one. I didn’t really like this one. It wasn’t sweet enough. MummyGeek thinks even diabetics could have tried this one as there was hardly any sugar in it. Hahahahah. Anyway, to make it sweet, add syrup or some sugar on top methinks. 

If you see this piece of paper on the wall in China Town (if it’s still there) you know which alleyway I went into. 😉

On that weekend when The Queen was celebrating her second birthday (which was also MummyGeek’s birthday – Happy Birthday Mother!) I saw the English doing their Dragon Boat race along the River Thames! Heheheheh… thankfully I didn’t take the Tube!! ^_^

p.s. Happy Father’s Day!!!!! DaddyChef is doing the cooking this afternoon though… hahahahahahah!!

Chinese Tapas House 愛吃鬼小屋 – London Little Newport Street

On one weekend I really wanted to try out the squid in Bigbe Chicken. But every time (that’s a total of three times) I went in and asked, they’ve sold out… meaning…?
I decided in the end to give Chinese Tapas House 愛吃鬼小屋 (Canto: oi hek gwai siu uk; Mando: ai chui guai xiao wu)  a go (apparently Miss Money goes in there all the time. So greedy!). The place literally means: “love eat ghost small house”.
Looking at the displays on the window, I wanted to try out the savoury pancake which I couldn’t see on their menu at first but saw a big picture of it when I looked up. 

I was looking at someone else’s savoury pancake being made…

With my poor Mandarin (although I understood what they were asking) I ordered it…

It was like watching crepes being made.

So when I went home, what they add is a frankfurter, fried dough (yau jia gwai), salted preserved pickles, fried pigs skin, egg, spring onions, sesame seeds and chilli oil. I had asked for it to be a little spicy but it was spicy anyway… The fried dough became soggy enough to bite into as they are usually tough. Biting it bit by bit meant I could taste the pancake blending in with all the ingredients. The pickles gave it some saltiness but the rest is bland so it went well with everything. ^_^

That was worth a good £3.50.

Address: Little Newport Street, China Town, London

Royal Gourmet Frozen Cheong Fun

An excited YES comes out of my mouth when I saw that Mr Stingy found frozen cheong fun (flat rice noodles with fillings) were available in the bigger Chinese supermarkets – basically not in China Town but have yet to go there to see if there’s any.
My trip to Hoo Hing was worth it just to find these. They are expensive. More expensive than eating these at a restaurant. Sigh. The prawn cheong fun is £3.99 and the beef cheong fun is £3.30, whereas restaurants would sell them for less than £3.

Well, it’s worth a try since this is the first brand I have come across to make this available in frozen format. A packet of sweet soy sauce is available, which I suggest you should defrost using a bowl of warm water (just don’t open the packet).

Instead of using a pan, I used another way of steaming… a big massive rice cooker. The easiest style of steaming. ^_^

Post steaming of around 20 minutes (just to make sure everything is cooked) this is what it turned out to look like, 

You add the soy sauce on top and voila!

Unfortunately, this happened when taking it out,,, they split easily. It always happens especially in restaurants. So don’t worry, it does happen to us Chinese peeps too!
The taste was ok, just the prawns weren’t extremely the freshest type. The soy sauce on the other hand is the bit I like the most about this dim sum. ^_^

Next, I tried the beef one, did exactly the same as the prawn one above.

This has some crunchy water chestnut inside and some sort of peppery spice probably to get rid of any bad tastes and smells. I like this one! Surprisingly there were loads of the beef one in the freezer. The prawn ones were almost gone and the char siu cheong fun was completely gone!!

Well the pork one is the only one I have to try… if you like these, hope you can them!!

Kam Tong Chinese Restaurant 金唐 – London Bayswater

Sorry, lazy to blog this week.
Last weekend was Miss Posh’s birthday. Happy Birthday! ^_^ And you know Miss Posh likes a good, expensive restaurant. Heheh. So where did we go? Kam Tong Chinese Restaurant 金唐 (Canto: gam tong; Mando: jin tang… meaning: Golden Tang Dynasty) which is located in Bayswater.
Sorry for angle of this pic
I must’ve passed Bayswater many times and never really noticed this little street of the second China Town in London. DaddyChef used to work around the area so knows this street quite well from back in the old days. He said Kam Tom is one of the most expensive Chinese restaurants in the area. Don’t blame them, they’re next to Hyde Park and all the “rich” peeps of London. High rent value. ¬_¬”
So I was to be there at 4 pm, and just made it a few minutes (about 10 min later, but still got told off for not being there early enough!) after Miss Posh got there. We moved our seats around, and around so that the waiters could get by… it was a little cramped but it doesn’t matter.
We sat and talked… Haven’t seen Miss Posh for months, and her life has changed with the wind dramatically as she’s now moved to Swindon!! Ugh! So far!!!! So her local pub The Shard is now a distant pub.
We were in time to order the dim sum… and we ordered some other dishes like she had done at her birthday the year before. 🙂 The waiter who took our order wasn’t impressed with Miss Posh’s ordering. He was really trying to be the cool looking Chinese guy. Hmmm. But at least he was patient with us.
Crispy BBQ Pork buns was totally different to see… Like those Chinese “pineapple buns” on top and BBQ buns at the bottom.

Spicy chicken feet is the norm.

And Pumpkin Duck? Wow! These are like those meat dumplings, but these are ultimately crispy with some spicy duck and mashed pumpkin filling inside. Was amazed at this piece. ^_^

And the normal dishes… Egg fried rice, beef stew and choi sum in oyster sauce… I think these were glistening with msg.

And lastly was the fish… Miss Posh ordered the most expensive fish. Seabass. ¬_¬” £23! It came in Thai style. Spicy but sweet… The fish was really fresh though.

In the end we were so full! Had some jasmine tea in the end… It was so hard to run for the bus… :p
Total came to £75.04. 4p? Where did that come from? Expensive Chinese food indeed!!!
My geeky rating: 5/5 – just because it was really good quality food!
Good points:
– Good quality food
– Polite-ish service (the oldies are the nice ones)
– Dim sum was great! Some different stuff that you don’t see in normal China Town
Bad points:
– Expensive!!
Address: 59-63 Queensway, London W2 4QH
Tel: 020 7229 6065