Singapore Laksa and Kway Teow – Chop Chop Noodle Bar, Kings Cross

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Oh no! Not laksa again I hear you say? Yes, Junk is almost addicted to the stuff and this post and next will be about one of my all time fav dishes.

So one day last week towards the end of the working day, I found myself a tad hungry and could not get the ideal of having a big steaming bowl of laksa out of my head. Started looking around on Google maps for any potential to appease my craving. Lo and behold! Found both Chop Chop and Hare and Tortoise outlets within walking distance from the office.

chopchopshopfrontChop Chop is a budget place serving a range of Asian/Chinese dishes. By budget, I really mean budget. One can have a starter, a drink and a main course easily under £10. Quality is not fantastic but portions are always generous.What the Boom might call, a reliable “Chew and Spew” joint. Apart from the outlet in Kings Cross, I know of one in Shepherd’s Bush and another near Fulham Broadway. There are many reviews complaining of rude or bad service which I have never encountered and I have visited all 3 outlets.

chopchopmenuOnce you are seated, you will be given a pen and a marking sheet with numbers representing dishes on the menu. Simply indicate the number of portion of the selected dish on the marking sheet.

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Of the umpteenth times I have eaten at Chop Chop, I have always told myself to try out some of their other dishes. But I could never tear myself away from their Singapore Laksa, it’s simply one of my comfort dishes.

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A bowl of Singapore Laksa at £4.90 (this have increased their prices over the years. I still remember when a bowl was only £3.90) will contain 3 good size prawns, maybe 5 thick slices of fish cake and a handful of fried tofu. The small plate of chilli oil in the first picture cost 50p more.

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They use thin rice vermicelli here and believe me, the portion is huge! The rice noodles are accompanied by crunchy bean sprouts all drench in a spicy, rich coconut milk based sauce.

Slurp, slurp, chew, slurp, there, all done!

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Also got a takeaway portion of Boom’s fav dish, the Kway Teow. This also cost £4.90 and I was intending to have it for lunch the next day as it was my WFH (work from home) day. Came the next morning, thought better of it and gave it to Boom for his dinner instead. What a nice person I am huh?

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So the Kway Teow is quite rightly made with thick rice noodles, prawns, char siew, fish cake, bean sprouts all stir fried with dark soya sauce. Boom told me the next day that the Kway Teow was a perfect cure to his after drinks cravings and boy was the portion big he said. The Boom don’t lie.

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Chop Chop Noodle Bar
1 Euston Road
London NW1 2SA
0207 833 1773

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Chinese Takeaway – Paya, Ruislip Manor

It’s been awhile since I blogged so thought I drop a quick post of some takeaway Chinese Boom and I had before Christmas. It has not been a good Christmas and New Year for me as I was nursing a huge mouth ulcer on the roof of my mouth. Those of you who have had ulcers would understand, it’s close to impossible to eat. I’m probably one of the few who actually lost weight during this feasting season.

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Come to think of it, the ulcer was the result of a big blister caused by the takeaway from Paya, a new Chinese takeaway joint in Ruislip Manor. Boom wanted to start the feasting season with a huge Chinese takeaway and also to endeavor on our ever fruitless quest for a good local Chinese takeaway. Looking at the menu, most dishes are £1 dearer than a typical Chinese takeaway from the area. We are not tight and will be more than happy to pay more for something good.

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Boom left it to me to decide what to have so I went with (clockwise from the left), Chicken Wings with Peppercorn Salt – £5.45, Malaysian Kung Po Sauce Beef, £6.45, Black Bean Sauce Duck – £6.95 and Boom’s must have, Sweet & Sour Hong Kong Style Pork – £6.45. Also ordered a portion of Beef Ho Fan Noodles – £5.45 and cooked some rice to go with the dishes.

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Verdict? Well, it’s not bad, better than some of the other Chinese takeaway we’ve had. Could not really tell the difference between the Black Bean and Malaysian Kung Po Sauce while the Sweet & Sour sauce is the typical fluorescent red. The Beef Ho Fan could be support more seasoning but at least it has some “wok hei” which is essential for a good ho fan. The best dish of the lot was the Chicken Wings with Peppercorn Salt. The wings were crispy but not dry and the fried garlic, spring onion and chili slices added savoury heat. Yum!

A couple of hints, there is a delivery charge so much better to collect in person, the Peppercorn Salt dishes in the main dish section of the menu is £1 dearer than those in the starters section. So if possible, order from the starter section. Lastly, you can order online which is great as it can sometimes be a pain ordering on the phone, differing accent and all.

Paya
20 Victoria Road
Ruislip
HA4 0AB
01895 622 227