Tsujiri Matcha Tea Shop 辻利茶舗 – London, Rupert Street

Have you been to China Town recently? Most of the pavement work and building redevelopments are finished, we just need more of the shops to be taken over by whatever is planned. Just fingers crossed for kawaii shops to appear and more food places to try out!

So on a hot day a few weeks ago in April, I happened to have a day off, and so it was decided with MummyGeek to go to China Town… As we were going home, MummyGeek had to stop off somewhere, and I didn’t want to wait, so I decided to go and have a cold drink. Cuppacha and Happy Lemon both had queues, they didn’t have queues beforehand!! Unlucky!! Well then, there were two or three new options on the other side, where it wasn’t too busy…

I chose Tsujiri Tea Shop 辻利茶舗 as it wasn’t busy, and there were only a couple of customers sitting around.

Various snacks are available… But didn’t have the appetite for these…

This is what I had, the houjicha ice blend. I think I ordered the regular one, but this could be the medium size.
Could taste the houjicha (a green tea flavour), it wasn’t too sweet… However I thought it was a bit too icy. So hard to drink whilst there was so much blended ice, it just wouldn’t melt on this hot day…!

It took me more than an hour to drink this! Hmmm, I think I would come here again, but not for the ice blend drinks.

My geeky rating: 4/5

Address: 47 Rupert St, Soho, London W1D 7PD
Tel: 07446 245225

Website: tsujiri.co.uk

Japanese Beer Variety

It’s been a tough couple of months (and another month to go). I think I almost burst with anger around a month ago with my managers making mistakes. 😡 In the end, I had to resolve it with alcohol!!
I went into Longdan after work, and I wanted to get a Sapporo and Asahi beer, but then I saw a new variety of beers they were selling. Including some non-alcoholic beers, but I didn’t buy those ones. Miss Pinky saw this picture and immediately thought of the variety we saw in Tokyo. 😁 I actually felt that same momentum when I bought these.

This Japanese Red Beer 赤濁り (red turbity? 😕) is actually quite interesting in terms of the can… for some reason the writing was upside down, not sure of the reasons. Anyway, the flavour was quite bitter, it mainly uses barley. It wasn’t my favourtite of all beers that I bought.

This one is called Komugi no Beer. This one uses wheat, and I actually liked it! It’s quite light but also bitter in taste, reminded me of a Heineken Beer, although Heineken mainly use barley… Hmm I think I like wheat more I guess.

This Lemon Beer is quite interesting. It’s not a shandy as it doesn’t taste like they’ve added lemonade; it tastes more of juice from a lemon added to beer. I’ve had the non-alcoholic version and I think that tasted awful. Definitely have the alcoholic one, it’s bitter with a lemon twist.

My favourite one: Komugi no Beer
The beers here are ranged from £2 to £4. It ain’t so bad considering a pint of beer in the city costs around £5 and up. 😆
p.s. Drink in moderation… even if you’ve had a tough day, have a herbal tea instead of a beer. You’ll feel better the next day!

UCC Japanese Instant Drip Coffee Mocha Blend

Have you ever heard of dokodemo.world? I’ve never heard of them until I saw an advert pop up about them. Dokodemo is like a Japanese supermarket online that ships worldwide… Although the products are quite cheap, the shipping fee is so expensive. 😥

I was searching for a few things, but I ended up buying 5 packets of cheese mochi (might post them in a future post 😉) and this drip coffee. What’s so special about this???

Have you gathered what this is about yet?

It looks like a dressing gauge for a wound… LOL!

Ta-da! It’s a one cup drip coffee bag. LOL! I may have seen it on a Japanese drama, but I saw it in an anime where one guy is making a coffee like this… Think there’s a few versions in Japan, but this was the cheapest option on Dokodemo! ^_^ The cup is from Muji by the way!!

So all you do is pour water, and it actually drips quite quickly… Japanese people are clever at everyday technology… 

Added a bit more water… didn’t want to waste the ground coffee!!!

Well, I like a nice coffee. This was actually quite nice. Not too bitter. Tasted like an Americano…

Going to make my last 19 coffee bags last until next year… I actually have a plastic drip coffee maker with lots of filters to get through, so these will definitely last until the new year… 😁

Homemade Soya Milk

My last pending post from last year. And I’m procrastinating and forgetting what I did in HK already. :p
I have never made soy milk in my life before. So MummyGeek showed me how.
It’s a well known “recipe” to do amongst the vegetarians and vegans… and the Chinese… LOL. It’s inexpensive but a timely process.
All you need are these two ingredients:
– Raw bag of soya beans (or they could be called yellow beans – wong dao)
– Water

1. Empty about a third or half of the bag into a container – a cylindrical type.

2. Add water. You can add as much as you want depending on how concentrated or diluted you want it. Soak for a few hours or overnight until you’re ready to use it. You will know when it’s ready when some of the shells come off or you can pick some out and feel if it’s soft enough.

3. I cleared out the dirty soaked water using a large sieve.

4. Add clean water.

5. Use a hand blender or a blender and whisk away until you see milk coloured water.

6. Separate the soya bean remnants and milk by using a sieve into a saucepan.

I don’t know what you can use the remainder for… ¬_¬””

7. Boil the milk for a few minutes.

8. Empty into a mug and add sugar if needed… And enjoy…

Mine was quite concentrated but I enjoyed it.
Just have to use the rest of the beans now… Maybe I’ll use fewer beans and more water next time.
Ok… I promise the next posts will be from the holiday!

Go Ape & Lighthouse Pub – London Battersea Park

It was Mr Games’s birthday last weekend and I was invited to his double birthday outing (there was another friend’s birthday at the same time). The outing was at Go Ape in Battersea Park. Didn’t even know this existed!
I ended being the photographer for the afternoon since I didn’t want to climb and cry and think I was going to fall over and die (like that person in the USA – may she RIP). Just too scary!
Almost got lost after entering the gate. I turned right instead of left. Don’t trust Google Maps! There was a big group of a us, a mixture of friends between both Mr Games and our birthday boy.
The equipment they used looked tight. Need protection at all times! I took a lot of pictures, but most were of the group having goes at all three courses… it was windy that day, and it took them around 3-4 hours to complete. ^_^

Mr Games and his cousin doing the wristband pic
It was tough being the photographer… Looking up into the sky doing all the rest of the hard work. LOL!!

Address: Park Offices, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ
Telephone: 0333 433 0983

After watching these peeps completing the courses, we headed to the Lighthouse Pub, which wasn’t far from the park. I was with one of the friends who couldn’t complete the course as she didn’t want to do the zip line from the first course (where they fly across from one end to the other). Two of second birthday boy’s friends was already there…! Already drinking!
The pub originally placed us in a corner with a table for 6 people, but there was like 15 of us!!!!!!! How did you book this table Mr Games…? So we asked to be moved before the rest came.
Finally got to try out the third flavour from Old Mout Cider… Passionfruit and Apple. Hm. Still like the strawberry one.

Everyone looked hungry and we all seemed to have ordered burgers… LOL!! 
Burgers needed seasoning… I also wished they offered me the sweet potato fries. 😦 BUT the their tomato sauce with herbs was amazing! Thumbs up for that!!

Desserts were too sweet… Didn’t like my Eton Mess… Bleurgh.

My geeky rating (for the pub): 4/5

Too lazy to point out the good and bad points… but I think you can guess from the scoring that the food was average (apart from their tomato sauce). Presentation was ok. Service was ok but disappointed with the seating arrangements. 

Address: 441 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 4LR
Phone: 020 7223 7721

Website: http://www.thelighthousebattersea.com/

A good day out it was! I caught Mr Mime (Pokémon Go) that night. Still no signs of Pikachu… need to walk around some school campuses or industrial sites it seems. :p At least I’m keeping up the walking!

Old Mout Cider – The Real Stuff

So I’ve seen many of Old Mout Cider’s posters around London, and now it was time to try out the real stuff. The drinks itself.

It’s going to be a short post… because I’m too lazy to think and type and also watch The Walking Dead at the same time (the show is so gross!).

Bought these two bottle of ciders in Tesco. Looks like there are three flavours available but only saw two in the fridge.

This is the Pomegranate and Strawberry flavour. This was nice and sweet with a stawberry kick to it. It’s like drinking strawberry soda but with some alcoholic elements in it. Quite liked this one.

This was very limey than kiwi, it was also sweet, very mellow in taste like drinking a fairly sweet fizzy white wine. 

The favourite so far is the Pomegranate and Strawberry. Look forward to finding the third flavour. ^_^

Website: http://www.oldmoutcider.com/

Happy Lemon – London China Town

Ah, another bubble tea shop. I guess we Chinese people never tire of them. Lemon tea is pretty much famous all over the world but for there to be a shop just making them feels different. I’m used to tiny restaurants in Hong Kong making them and I’m used to buying bottles of them in Asian stores. So what’s so special about this one?
Happy Lemon is a little different. It’s another worldwide brand originated from Hong Kong (I think) which started up in 2006. Around 13 years later they have over 100 stores around the world that’s according to their website. ^_^ Of course I must go and have a try!
Located right next door to Cuppacha, the little tiny shop does not seem to be afraid to stand out and take loads of customers away. With a big plastic statue of the Happy Lemon mascot it attracts people like me to have a look and see what’s happening.

It’s a bit like all bubble tea stores, choose your drink, cold or hot, add sugar etc, etc… nothing new to experience here but instead of asking for your name they give you a number tag so don’t lose it! I ordered in English since my Mandarin is a little off (still) but they do have Cantonese speakers, so don’t be put off with not knowing any Mandarin too. ^_^
Cost came to £7.50 as I had ordered two drinks to try out. The place is a bit small and they do get a lot of customers… I guess people like lemon tea! ^_^
The main difference with other bubble tea stores is that they have their own merchandise which I haven’t seen! That’s quite cool. 
So much merchandise

Here’s their top selling drinks. ^_^

I got the drinks and headed home. I decided to go and drink them in a nearby park although it was quite windy that afternoon… the sun was out but too much wind!! I looked at the bag and thought OMG this is so cute! I didn’t keep the bag but I wish all things were this cute. >_<""

First I had the Chocolate with Rock Salted Cheese. Que?! Rock salted cheese? That sounded awfully different. Well I had a go… and to be honest I couldn’t taste any cheese… or any saltiness… ¬,¬” Is that what the taste is supposed to be…? Just tastes like a chocolate milkshake with bits in it… Looking at this person’s blogpost I realised that they’re using cream cheese not the fatty cheese that we like on our pizzas. Heheheh.

You don’t shake this drink by the way… check out Happy Lemon’s promo video.

Next up I tried out the Fresh Lemon Black Tea with 50% sugar… Oh my, I think I should have went for full sugar because it was very strong and sour. They leave the lemon slices inside so you will expect some lemon pieces in your drink.

Overall I did enjoy a different type of bubble tea although I wasn’t offered any jelly bits to go in my tea… Nevermind…
Will I go back? Maybe…

Address: 24A Newport Court, London WC2H 7JS
Tel: 0207 734 1966
Website: http://www.happy-lemon.co.uk/

Lotte Let’s Be Cafetime Morning and Latte

Whoopsie Daisy. I completely forgot to blog about these drinks over the summer. Was pre-occupied with the heat to even remember!

Well, these are coffees from Korea which I found in Longdan Express and I forgot the prices of them. They aren’t expensive. (To be truthful, I bought these because of the cartoons on the front, so gullible for cartoon-like products!).

Let’s Be Cafetime Morning and Latte

First I tried out the Morning version. It’s very sweet and it’s quite watery. This only had small amounts of coffee taste and it was only a little creamy… it didn’t keep me awake at work unfortunately. I suppose it didn’t have enough caffeine!

I drank the latte version a few moments later. This one was also quite sweet, didn’t taste like a latte, but it did have some milk… unfortunately it was quite watery too.


I won’t be buying these again! Needs a little improvement with the taste methinks…

Yao Yao Cha 搖搖茶 – London Earlham Street

As you know I’m a big bubble tea fan so when I was invited (by the PR Team) to come and try out Yao Yao Cha’s bubble teas and shaved ice, I thought why not, (plus I read @GroceryGems review and thought I needed to give this place a try). Do I need to explain what bubble tea??? (Nope, I don’t think I need to).
Yao Yao Cha 搖搖茶 (Canto: yiu yiu cha) literally means “shake shake tea” because before you drink bubble tea you must shake it for the tapioca bubbles and toppings to be loose. Yao Yao Cha is located in Seven Dials which is not far from Artbox Covent Garden and it is quite close to China Town – basically a small distance away from most of the competition around the area. ^^ Yao Yao Cha is owned by Susan Fang, a Taiwanese born lady who has traveled the world and has ended up in London according to their website. 
Yao Yao Cha in Earlham Street

As soon as I arrived (today) I was greeted by the friendly staff, I think they are all from Taiwan (forgot to ask) but they speak English and Mandarin (but I spoke in English as I think my Mandarin is still not good). ^_^

Inside Yao Yao Cha
Menu on a large screen

Shaved Ice Special

Like them on social networks!

There is a large selection on the menu like with all bubble tea menus, but particularly I wanted to try out the Cherry Tomato Frappé which I have never seen before in any other bubble tea stores. Unfortunately they are no longer serving this frappe (probably not popular). 😦 So my second option was the Matcha Green Tea with Red Beans. Luckily I looked at the menu online beforehand! I chose to have it medium sweet with ice and with tapioca balls… and the verdict?

It actually tastes good! The tapioca balls were very chewy. I was told by staff that they cook fresh tapioca balls every 4 hours and so that’s why it’s so tender! Wow. The red beans were crushed into smaller pieces. They weren’t soft but it tasted like bits of nuts inside the drink. All of it combined together tasted great, and I was quite pleased with my choice!

Matcha Green Tea with Red Beans

Sealed on top

Next is the shaved ice… Ah, shaved ice, I’ve wanted to try this type of dessert for a long time. I didn’t get a chance to try it in Hyper Japan the other day because I was so hungry and needed food rather than a dessert. Not sure if there are any places in London that sell shaved ice, maybe Boba Jam, but this is one place you should try out if you get stuck looking for shaved ice. I wanted to try out either the mango or the strawberry shaved ice and ended up having the mango one. I was given a choice of 3 free toppings so I chose the coffee jelly, strawberry balls and blueberries plus some added mango syrup. This was a special shaved ice on the menu (as shown in the picture menu above), so extra toppings are usually an extra £0.50 each.

Mango Shaved Ice with 3 extra toppings

Blueberries and large mango pieces

Strawberry fruit pops on the left

Coffee jelly in the front

Yummy!!

This was very different, it didn’t taste like a slushy. It was very much sliced ice with mango syrup and it wasn’t too sweet. It is very ideal for very hot weather conditions. The blueberries were different, they burst into my mouth as soon as I bit into them. Same goes with the strawberry bubbles. Nice! The coffee jelly was very good indeed. (Remember the time I had coffee jelly in Hong Kong, which was not so good…). Anyway, there is very tasty coffee taste in this jelly. Not too sweet and just right. The mango pieces were of course cold but not too sweet either. Yummy yummy o(〃^▽^〃)o.

Love the tiny tray!!

And guess what?! I was given another bubble tea as soon as I said the coffee jelly was good. The manager said I should try out the Crème Brûlée with the coffee jelly. This tasted very creamy, and yes the coffee jelly went well with the Crème Brûlée… I think I had too much to drink at this point. So I had to go and walk around for a bit and to find a loo!!

Crème Brûlée with coffee jelly
Coffee jelly!!! ^^

Staff working hard 

Staff working very hard

Blueberry taster… not a flavour for me

Finished!!!

I said I would come back to try out one more, and I was given one more Milk Black Tea with tapioca balls for free. Oh my. I really wanted to pay at this point because they gave me so much! The manager told me that every Taiwanese that came to the store would say that this Milk Tea reminds them of home… I’m sure it does as majority of the ingredients come from Taiwan! Again this was medium sweet but without ice as I was taking this away… I’ve had this type of flavour before which contains condensed milk and of course very chewy tapioca balls. It had a rich black tea taste but not like royal milk tea which we see in most bubble tea stores. Very good.

Nice board

Milk Black Tea

With tapioca balls

Overall I was very, very satisfied. I think the price for all of this would have been £15.50. I hope they expand into China Town one day and get more customers!! Anyone in Covent Garden for the day and can’t be bothered to head towards China Town should head to Yao Yao Cha! ^__^ Will definitely go again (most likely with either Mr Bear or Mr Picky – they love sweets!).

Was asked by the staff to see which of the above was my favourite, it was the Matcha Green Tea with Red Beans. Not sure why. It didn’t taste too sweet and I think it just matched my tastebuds. ≧(´▽`)≦

My geeky rating: 5/5

Good points: 

– Very friendly staff
– Nice range of bubble teas (it’s a shame they took off the Cherry Tomato Frappé)
– Love the different toppings which are very strong in flavours
– Nice to know where to find shaved ice!!

Bad points:
– Can’t think of any, but you just need to find a loo somewhere if you have drank and eaten a lot 😛 (don’t be like me)…

Address: 24 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LN
Telephone: 020 7836 6081

Website: http://www.yaoyaocha.com/ (menu just needs to be updated on the website)

Prices:
Regular bubble tea: £3.50
Large bubble tea: £4.50
Frappés: £4.00
Shaved ice: £5.00
Extra toppings: £0.50