*Holiday Special* – B&B Breakfast, The Blacksmiths Head, Lingfield, Surrey

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As mentioned in my last post, Junk (that’s moi!) is currently on holiday. I’ll be staying for 2 nights in a B&B in Lingfield, Surrey before flying out on Thursday to warmer climes.

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Guess being on holiday disturbed the blogging habit and I forgot to take pictures of both lunch and dinner so breakfast this morning will have to do. The Blacksmith Head is a pub cum B&B located in Lingfield, Surrey and I chose to stay here out of convenience rather than from any reviews or recommendations. Glad I did though, the accommodation was nicely decorated, spacious, clean and cozy. I especially enjoyed the company of the 2 pub residents being an animal lover and all.

Smithy, pub dog uno

Gizmo, pub dog dos

As the word B&B suggests, breakfast is included in the price of the room and I had a full English breakfast. Which is an interesting point, what makes up a full English breakfast? Eggs, sausage, bacon, beans and toasts are obvious but what about mushrooms, tomatoes or hashbrowns? Would adding black pudding make it something else? If anyone of you have a definitive definition, do leave a comment.

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Though the portion was not huge, the full English was more then adequate. Won’t want a full stomach for what I’m going to do for the rest of the day. The sausages was especially tasty, not those nasty mushy ones a greasy spoon normally serves.

The Blacksmith Head
New Chapel Road
Lingfield, Surrey
RH7 6LE
01342 833 697

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Fish Curry – Amar Gaon, Brick Lane

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The weather has turned in London. It has been raining cats and dog since yesterday and I had to make a dash nearby to get lunch. Wanted something warm and spicy to counter the relentless rain so decided to give Amar Gaon another go.

I have written about Amar Gaon previously and have wanted to give the other curries a try. Seeing the menu is not in English I have to resort to point and ask. Settled on a fish curry and a side of stewed mix veg. Not too sure what fish I had, it’s either a Rohu or a Boal. I think it’s probably a Boal (Catfish) as there was a piece of skin with the fish and it does not look like it has scales on it. Also added a meat samosa to my order and at a total of £5, thought it’s a pretty good deal.

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The fish curry was surprisingly spicy. Reminds me of Asam Pedas, a sour Malaysian fish stew which I crave for every now and then. Wished there was more fish in my portion but for £5, can’t complain. The veg stew was very good as well. I spotted pieces of gourd, potatoes, aubergine and some herbs and spices. The samosa as usual was huge with ample meat filling.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m off on holiday from tomorrow but I will still try to blog what I eat for lunch when possible. Hope I don’t drop my tablet in the sea!

Amar Gaon
50 Brick Lane
London E1 6RF
0207 377 6688

Pie, Battered Sausage and Chips – Poppies, Spitalfields

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Was going to Momo’wich to get their version of laksa so I can have a laksa off with the offering from Keke yesterday. But alas, the skies opened up while I walk out for lunch. Being a girl who hate to get her hair wet, took the cowardly way out and punt for the local fish and chip shop instead.

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Fish Hips!

Poppies is a Fish and Chip diner located on Hanbury Street. It’s popular with the folks around the area and located beside a pub helps! The eat-in area is always jam packed especially on Fridays. I guess that goes with the Christian tradition of not having meat on Fridays. The restaurant is decorated like a 60s diner with booth seating, checkered table cloth etc. There is a takeaway counter where you can place your order from a cut down menu.

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I decided to break the norm and went for a Pie and chips instead. Added a battered sausage and some mushy peas to my order. All in came up to £8.20. A meal at a fish and chip joint is not that cheap if you like to add on to your order like me! Then again, a small portion of Cod and chips is £8.50, I think I got away with more variety.

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I was expecting a normal store bought Steak Pie, the filling was not outstanding but the puff pastry was excellent! Light, fluffy and crunchy went perfectly with the adequately season steak filling. The battered sausage was not too oily but could have done with a more flavorsome banger. The mushy peas was nutty and creamy and was the perfect dip for the fantastic chips. I only got salt for the chips and I find vinegar tend to make them soggy.

In all, I would have preferred a laksa but was happy nonetheless.

Poppies
6-8 Hanbury Street
London E1 6QR
0207 247 0892

PS: Apparently fish and chips is healthy!
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Jungle Curry Duck Noodles – Thai & Laos Street Food, Shoreditch Boxpark

 

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Double post today! Hungry Junk you see. So I had to travel from the Canary Wharf office to the Brick Lane office around lunch time and decided to pickup lunch from a place newly relocated to Shoreditch Boxpark. I have tried Thai & Laos Street Food when they are still a food truck at Ely’s Yard, Brick Lane. Back then, they are usually a 2 person operation, the young chap and I guess his partner you can see in the picture in the link.

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Compared to the rest of the other food joint in the Boxpark, I would say the Thai & Laos Street Food’s container decor is not as funky. But the graffiti wall and the menu written on torn cardboard and simply pasted on the wall seem to work without the feeling that they are trying too hard. There are laminated menus with pictures available as well if you can’t imagine what you order from the written menu.

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Apart from the young chap and his partner, Mom and Pop are on hand to help with the cooking today. Mom took the orders, Pop handled the side dish while the couple took care of the main dishes. All made fresh on order, total family affair. I asked how was business since relocating from Ely’s Yard, the answer was they were very well received. Looking at the customers at 1430, I would say it was a wise move.

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So you chose a protein (veg, chook, salmon, prawn, moo, quack), a sauce and either noodles or rice. Pad Thai with a choice of protein and soup is also available. I went with Duck, Jungle Curry with noodles with a side of fried spring rolls. The main dish is £6 and the 7 small spring rolls at £2. Back to my bad habits I guess.

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Taste wise, it’s good! Spicy, tangy and the crunchy veg with the rich duck breast slices was great. I enjoyed it alot especially after swimming 50 laps in 20 minutes. But is it Jungle Curry? I don’t really think so. I have had the red curry version which was more representative of what it is. If you want something tasty, it will hit the spot. But you will probably not get authenticity. Then again, it’s just lunch!

Thai & Laos Street Food
Unit 53
Shoreditch Boxpark
2-4 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6GY

 

*Special Post* Omelette and Sausage Roll Breakfast – Bene Bene, Canary Wharf

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I was starving this morning as I did not bothered to make myself breakfast last night for this morning. As I have an hours commute to work via the trusty old tube, I usually make a sambo (sandwich for those not in the know) and eat it on the tube while I read a book, newspaper etc. Anyway, tummy was rumbling and since I’m in my Canary Wharf office, decided to check out Bene Bene’s 3 egg omelette I mentioned in my previous post.

For £3.50, you get to choose 3 fillings for your omelette. Choices include ham, cheese, onion, mushrooms, red pepper etc. I went with pork sausage, cheese and tomatoes. Figured that the omelette won’t fill me up, I added a sausage roll to my order. Total came up to $4.90, yes I was hungry and splurged *shame* 😦

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The volume of the breakfast hit the spot but the taste did not. I think the problem is that no milk is added to the omelette thus it’s not fluffy like a omelette should be. The cheese was close to tasteless and the huge slices of tomatoes just made the entire concoction soggy. The pork sausage was also pretty tasteless. The sausage roll was pretty vile as well. All pastry and tasteless pink pork mush.

Guess I wasted my money… Will try Kruger for breakfast next time!

Bene Bene
Canada Place
Canary Wharf
London E14 5AH
0207 515 0205

Grilled Baby Chicken – Shahi Karahi, Brick Lane

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I found this restaurant on the way to the gym. Have been intrigued by the huge grill and rotisserie at the front of the restaurant and the rotisserie is always filled with rows upon rows of baby chicken. They do have a special of half a roast chicken with chips for £3.95 but being a rice bucket, I decided to swap chips with rice. Paid a higher price but it satisfied me.

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Shahi Karahi is another one of the multitude of Indian restaurant dotted along Brick Lane. Strictly speaking, it’s on Osborne Street but seeing that Osborne Street joins Brick Lane, I will not quibble. The front of the restaurant is occupied by the rotisserie, a couple of grill plates, a steam table of pre-prepared curry dishes and a fridge area for kebabs, lamb chops, chicken wings etc, all skewered and ready for the grill. There is a huge sitting area at the back of the restaurant if you would like to dine in.

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I added a meat samosa to my order and all in came up to £6.50. Because I switch from rice to chips, I did not get the £3.95 deal. Looking at the menu, a portion of plain rice cost £2 while half a grilled baby chicken is £3.50 so it made sense. The meal comes with a small portion of salad and I asked for some chili sauce for the chicken and some gravy for the rice. I was very happy with the chicken. It was nicely grilled with a nice smoky and charred flavour without being dry at all, the savoury marinate was just right with the right hint of sourness from lemon juice I think. I was asked if I wanted the chicken to be spicy and obviously I said yes! Not to worry, it was not spicy at all.

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Guess next time, I will save a few pence and order the version with chips.

Shahi Karahi
22 Osborne Street, Brick Lane
London E1 6TD
0203 116 2080

Chicken Laksa Reblog – Keke, Spitalfields

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Finally, the inevitable has arrived! I’m eating something I’ve blogged about before. Gave myself several reasons for this:
1. The weather is turning cooler and it’s perfect for a warm spicy noodle
2. I intend to do a laksa off with the version from Momo’wich
3. It is one of my favourite lunch to have around the area
4. It was my first post and I did not get the chance to include pictures of the joint
Blah, blah, blah…

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Darn it! It’s my mouth, I get to eat what I like with no need for excuses! So it’s Chicken Laksa from Keke in Spitalfields again today. Before I talk about the laksa, some pictures of how Keke look like. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Chinese food and can’t picture how the dish will look like just by reading the menu, Keke has kindly displayed sample of some dishes in their glass display case.

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Amongst the other dishes mentioned in my previous post, Keke also serves Dim Sum. The selection is not as varied as what is available in most Chinese restaurants but it gives a taster to what Dim Sum is like for those uninitiated. The steamed Dim Sums are in the steamer frame while there is also a selection of fried ones on the menu.

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Back to the laksa. Unlike the last time where I asked to replace the rice noodles with egg noodles, I stuck with the rice noodles this time. As before, the gravy is creamy and not too spicy, tender chicken thigh meat is used instead of breast and with the bean sprouts and fried tofu, makes for a very satisfying meal. The price is still £5.80, no change from last time.

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Can’t wait to try the version at Momo’wich for a proper laksa off!

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Keke
Old Spitalfields Market
10 Horner Square
London E1 6EW
0207 375 2002