Monday, July 29, 2013

Victoria Sponge Cake

Putting my baking skills into action and made a Victoria sponge cake for someone's birthday.

Mudmee - The City of London

I am always spoilt for choice when it comes to eating around the City of London and today my friend introduced me to Mudmee a small Thai restaurant hidden behind Liverpool Street. Although take the word Thai lightly as I did notice the restaurant served Pho, which is a Vietnamese dish and Singaporean Laksa.

The food was ok, I thought the curry Gaeng Goong (King prawns curry cooked with pineapple, peppers, fresh lime leaves and coconut milk) should have been more spicy as the menu did show a chilli symbol next to it. It was definitely nicer to eat out in a restaurant than to grab a sandwich and take it back to the office. 

As the dish I selected was from the Lunch Express menu it came to £7.90, which I thought was great value for being a restaurant in the city.

Gaeng Goong

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Mehfil - Southall

After craving Indian food for a while my boyfriend took me to Mehfil in Southall. The food was spicy, authentic and so delicious. For starters I ordered the Papri Chaat, which is a layer of flour and lentil crisps, boiled potato slices and chickpeas topped with yogurt, tamarind chutney and mint. It was heavier than I expected but I couldn't get enough of it. The lentil crisps gave such a crunchy texture to the overall dish and the tamarind sauce added a hint of sweetness.

For our mains we had butter and garlic naan bread with Chicken Nilgiri (boneless chicken cooked in capsicum gravy with spinach, cashew, almonds with mint & coriander) and Saag Gosht (lamb pieces cooked & tempered with onions, garlic and fenugreek). I loved the Saag Gosht dish, the sauce was thick and the lamb was so tender, it wasn't as spicy as the Chicken Nilgiri. Also the naan bread was warm and didn't got stale or hard towards the end of the meal, which is usually a good sign. 

I had a great dining experience, the restaurant interior is elegant and the table service was excellent. The food tasted like it was cooked with fresh ingredients and the fusion of spices made the unique flavours a definite hit. I left with a full belly and the anticipation to come to Mehfil again.

Papri Chatt
Selection of naan with Chicken Nilgiri and Saag Gosht
Ras Malai
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cheese and crackers

I finally got Internet back at my flat and time to write some posts and in my brief attemp, I thought I'd share these photos taken at a birthday party. Never ate so much cheese in my life! The photos only show a small slice as my friend was actually given three wheels of cheese.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Beijing Dumpling - Chinatown

Trying to find a good and reasonable place for hot pot (steamboat) in London was difficult. I had read various reviews about Little Lamb but decided on Beijing Dumpling in London's Chinatown. What swung it in Beijing Dumpling's favour was that I read the food was unlimited in comparison to Little Lamb. And oh my, there was a serious amount of food given to us in the first instance, they should have given us less really, as we ended up wasting a lot.

For around £20 you can have all you can eat hot pot, which includes slices of beef, pork, lamb, tofu, various pieces of seafood and vegetables. You also get to pick two soup bases to cook your food in.

What we didn't know at the time was that they bring a massive plate of food to your table, I thought we would have ordered what we wanted first. Also the clause when ordering the all you can eat hot pot is that any food which is wasted, is then boxed and you're charged £8.50 per box. So we didn't enjoy our meal as much as we would have liked, with the thought we could potentially be charged for leftover food. In the end the waitress just took it all away and we assumed you would have been charged if you over ordered.

Anyway back to the food, it wasn't bad for £20. I really enjoyed the lamb slices, which I think we pre-frozen for you to boil and these pink pork slices. There is a lot of food to choose from, so something for everyone, but I think what really attracts the customers are the chefs who prepare the dumplings in the window from scratch. 

Overall the dining experience was good apart from the whole "charge for leftover food" thought, but in the end we weren't charged and the food was good.

Massive plate of food
Two soup bases
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