Saturday, 31 August 2013

Korean Cheese Ramen?! Are you serious?!

Curiosity strikes! I found these Korean Cheese Ramen in one of my local Asian stores (I think it was in Ming Sing 明星) , and I actually wanted to try it out!
Korean Cheese Ramen
You cook the noodles in a pot or microwave with the soup base and dried vegetables and ham pieces. 
Red packet is the dried veg and ham; Silver packet is the soup base; Yellow packet is the cheese powder

Then you add the dried cheese powder in afterwards. 
Add the cheese powder in
Mix and voila!
Cheese Ramen ^_^
I was a bit hesitant at first before eating these because I haven't tasted these before, but I had a go and ate the whole thing! The noodles tasted a bit bland. But the soup... the soup... it's cheesy and spicy at the same time, creamy and absolutely addictive. (^_^)b It's like having overcooked spaghetti and cheese sauce with a bit of pepper added in... 

I'm amazed the Koreans invented this!! Heheh.

I think I'm going to buy a few more of these... I can't remember the price, but I'm sure it was under £1. I don't all Asian stores have them, but have a look and find them!! ^_^

Friday, 30 August 2013

Bank Holiday Yumcha at Dragon Castle 金龍堡 - London Elephant and Castle

Has it been a while since I went out to yumcha? Yep it has been a while. 

This time I went out with my mum again. And this time we dined locally at Dragon Castle which is by Elephant and Castle... Chinese name is 金龍堡 (canto: gam lung bou; mando: jin long bao) literally meaning "Golden-Dragon-Castle/Fort". You can see in the picture below that you have to read it from right to left, as it is in traditional Chinese script writing for door signs. Don't worry I get confused too sometimes... When it first opened I only went there once and bought a crispy noodle dish as a take away. It was good, but very expensive, and I never went back since then! But this time I went there to yumcha, eat dim sum and enjoy my Bank Holiday Monday! 

I can't believe I haven't dined here before! I have been telling myself to go to this place for years, and on Bank Holiday Monday I finally went!! Yipee!! I think I would have dined by myself if no one came with me...
The entrances are on either side of this red door and the two stone lions

A stone lion

The dimsum menu outside the restaurant

Thursday, 29 August 2013

M&M's Bitesize Cookies and More EXTRA Chewing Gum!

There's an old Victorian style sweet shop in Ramsgate! It's called Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe and I've never been in an old looking sweet shop before. It felt like being in a Harry Potter scene... ^_^ (Check out my pictures in this post)... So what did I buy? I bought three items...
EXTRA chewing gum and M&M's Bite Size Cookies
First thing that caught my eye were these M&M Bitesize Cookies. These are definitely mini cookies which taste like normal chocolate chip cookies, but there's a candy shell sweet taste to it - as you would expect with M&M's being in a cookie. There were only 8 pieces of mini cookies in the packet, and cost 99p. There's nothing too special about them, and I'm sure a lot of people can bake these... Wished I had a bigger version of it! Was a bit disappointed with these really... :(
Only 8 pieces in the packet!
The second item is the Apple Pie EXTRA Dessert Delights chewing gum costing £1.49. Expensive! I liked the other flavours that I bought from Dallas, and so I wanted to try out a couple more... This one tastes a bit like apple pie. It has a very sweet taste to it and you can taste the "crust" flavouring. There's a bit of an apple sour taste. It's probably not my type of flavour, but it tastes ok if you like Apple Pie!!
Extra Dessert Delights - Apple Pie Flavour

The packaging

The chewing gum
The third item I bought was the Sweet Tropical EXTRA Fruit Sensations chewing gum also costing £1.49. This one is right up my alley! Once you open the plastic wrapper there's an instant tropical fruit smell. It tastes a bit sour but I don't mind! I do like sour things to be honest, just not sour apples. :) It has a long-lasting taste to it too!
EXTRA Fruit Sensations - Sweet Tropical Flavour

Funny packaging

The chewing gum
There's over 90 Mr Simms Old Sweet Shoppe stores in the UK! And there's one in Finchley, London too! I think I need to pop up to North London some time soon!! XD

Website: (I don't think they sell these products on their Internet site :( too bad!)....

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Travelodge - Ramsgate Seafront

This is the third Travelodge I have been to in my lifetime. It was practically the only one I could book as everywhere else was booked up! There were some other places, but they looked dodgy or too far from where we wanted to be...

Travelodge Ramsgate Seafront is about 10 minutes away from the beach, less than a minute away from the high street and I guess it has many advantages compared to other guest houses and inns!
Travelodge Ramsgate Seafront sign

Travelodge on one side

At the front

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Bank Holiday Weekend in Ramsgate - Day 2

Wakey wakey! It was a hard night's sleep on the bed / sofa I was sleeping on, so I woke up before the alarm went off!
Looking outside from our hotel room
We had breakfast at the Travelodge is £7.65 and it's free for children under 15! (But I think they must be accompanied by an adult). I didn't take any pictures of the breakfast which consisted of scrambled eggs, sausage, baked beans and toast. I also had a piece of toast with a bit of Marmite just to remind myself why I don't like Marmite. It's salty, bitter and not my type of spread. Yuck! :P

Since it was so early and check out time was 12pm, we went out for a short walk before we headed back home, so we took Miss Pinky to the places we went to the day before.
Master H running towards the sea!

Miss Pinky just sitting there... wasn't willing to go walking on the beach at first

Monday, 26 August 2013

Bank Holiday Weekend in Ramsgate - Day 1

Finally! It's the Summer Bank Holiday Weekend! And the best way to spend it is by getting of London for a couple of days. ^_^

Miss Pinky and I promised we would take Master H to the beach for the bank holiday, I think it's for his holiday report for his school. (I hope his school hasn't asked him to write another 50 word report again - our last summer trip was in Legoland, Windsor XD). We were supposed to stay with a friend who had retired and went to Broadstairs but unfortunately that didn't happen due to her daughter's engagement party. :( So in the end, I had to quickly find a hotel or a B&B, but there was nothing in Broadstairs!! Oh, how unfortunate!! Everywhere was booked up... But I chose to book somewhere nearby... as in either Margate or Ramsgate. In the end I chose the Travelodge in Ramsgate which I will blog about in another post...

Our train ticket was to go to Broadstairs as I had already bought the tickets before I was told we weren't staying there, but we decided to get off at Ramsgate. I think it would've been the same price to go there, so I'm sure it wouldn't have mattered.
At Ramsgate Train Station

Inside Ramsgate Train Station

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Limited Edition Pocky from Oyatsu Cafe and a 1000 Yen bar!

Nope. I didn't forget these. Just too lazy to snack on biscuity and chocolatey things!

At the same time I bought those Cookies and Cream Kit Kats, I bought a 1000 Yen mini chocolate bar, and two limited flavoured Pocky for this summer! Here's my quick geeky review!!

A 1000 Yen bar. How much is that equivalent to in pounds? £6.51 at the moment!! When I opened it, there was a 10,000 Yen money in it. ^_^

This is a very sweet chocolate with wafer bits inside. Reminds me of something but can't remember... A wafer biscuit maybe... It's tasty and light. A bit like Nestlé chocolate but I think this good for a snack! This one is not to share I'm afraid. It also melts really nicely into your mouth too!

If you like coconut, you will like this limited Coconut flavoured Pocky. There's lots of dessicated coconut covered in chocolate with the biscuit in the middle. There's also a very strong coconut smell. So if you definitely like coconut, try this one out!!

Oh! The Mango and Pineapple Pocky tastes good! It tastes like flavoured icing covering a biscuit. It has a very sweet taste to it. You can also smell the mango but it tastes of sweet and slightly sour pineapple... Yummy!!

Oyatsu Cafe are still selling them!

And don't forget to use the coupon code GROCERYGEMS for your discount thanks to @grocerygems :D

Now I am off to enjoy my bank holiday at the seaside! Hopefully it doesn't rain for the entire time!!
Have a happy bank holiday people!! ^_^

Friday, 23 August 2013

Yo! Burger - is it worth it?

I have been DYING to try out a rice burger for ages! And I mean since I've seen them in pictures. So when Yo! Sushi decided to do a limited version of their rice burger called Yo! Burger (costing £8 ¬,¬"), I really wanted to try it out!! (It's been out for weeks, more than a month, and it's only now that I've just been able to go out and try it!)...

It's really hard to find a person to go out with. They either have no money to spend, they're on duty, can't get away from work so early or just don't like sushi... So I dined alone. Not ashamed of it. I have started to learn how to dine alone in case friends decided to bail out on me. It's actually quite fun, as you get to choose the timing of when you want to eat and leave at your own accord... Must do it more often :D

I ordered the Salmon Yo! Burger which has kimchi in it, and it's served with nori crackers, pickled salad and misochup (ketchup made with miso apparently!).
My tray of food
As I looked at it, and taking pictures of it, I thought this is so small... plus how the heck am I supposed to eat it?! I felt like I was being served a dinner tray actually ¬,¬ ... I'm not in school anymore! (Fact about my geeky life: In all the schools that I went to, I never had food trays with compartments...).
Salmon Yo! Burger from the side view
I couldn't see the kimchi. I think I saw about 3 pieces of cooked salmon though covered in probably a kimchi sauce. There were courgettes and other vegetables (possibly the kimchi) - I can't even remember what was in the burger. I tried eating it with a tissue wrapped around it, but it was hard to eat as the rice 'buns' were still hot! ¬,¬" In the end I had to stop and eat it layer by layer... The sensible Geek strikes again! o(^_^)O
Bad close up of my Salmon Yo! Burger
The nori crackers were nice, but they just tasted like normal prawn crackers. However the misochup was great stuff! I thought it was a curry sauce at first as it tasted like curry, but I read about it later and it's actually miso paste made into a 'ketchup'-like sauce... Tasty stuff!

Hmmm wasn't too keen on the pickled sides, but I had lots of it in the end.

I also had a few other plates of sushi, fruit and gyoza... Was hungry...
Just added this in... I love sashimi!!
So My Geeky Results! Is it worth it or not worth it? ... It's a YES and a NO, 50-50, half and half... ^_^ You get the point...

YES - it's worth it just to try it out and if you have a small appetite, but,
NO - it's not worth it because of the price and size of the burger if you have a bigger appetite! You can get a bigger burger (not a rice burger) in other places for the same price!

In the end I spent £30.10!! Blimey what did I eat?! I went over my budget by £10.10 :( ... Nevermind... Less spending next month then!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Strawberry Jam and Ginger Nut Cheesecake

Big geeky cheesecake fan here!!! Yes I am. So why not make a very simple, presentable cheesecake?! 

Well yes I am going to! I own another cookbook called "Nosh for Students" by Joy May... It's a very old edition that I had bought over 10+ years ago, and have recommended it to friends who have no idea about cooking even if they are not students!!! I think I have bought 3 editions for 3 individuals and that includes Mr Games and Mrs SweetTooth!! ...

I have some strawberry jam (not being used) on the side. I have concentrated lemon juice in the fridge not being used. All I need is a pot of double cream, fresh strawberries and cream cheese!! Plus some sugar, I used sweetener instead... So here's some pictures with full instructions below...

- Half a tub of cream cheese (any brand)
- 1 third of the Double cream (if using a small pot add half)
- 2 tablespoons of Lemon juice (concentrated) or more if you want it to settle really hard
- 1 tablespoon of Sugar or Sweetner
- 5 Ginger biscuits
- Strawberry jam
- 2-3 Strawberries
- Big spoonful of butter or margarine 

The ingredients

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Twickenham Stadium... and my tiny invasion at the Korean Festival

Aha! I got to go to Twickenham Stadium to watch some rugby matches on the weekend. I had two sets of tickets for the Worlds 7, and to go both the Saturday games and to the Sunday one (thanks to Groupon UK!), but I only ended up going to the Saturday one as I was tired... I gave the Sunday tickets for Miss Pinky to use and dispose of... Don't know if she used it!

Twickenham Stadium is not hard to get to. It's still in the London zone (zone 6 area) so you can still use your oyster and bus pass!! (^_^)b Just get the SW Train services however it's always packed when there's a rugby game (and during rush hour!), so get there as early as possible!!

Here's some pictures of the outside and the inside...
The giant statue outside Twickenham Stadium

Outside the Stadium

Inside from the East Side

One goal post

The other goal post

First match...

World Club 7s 2013

Monday, 19 August 2013

Crispy Fried Noodles... It's so easy!!

When I talk to my colleagues and friends they always seem to be fascinated that Chinese cooking is so easy when I explain it. It's not like stewing or baking for many hours (roast duck takes 2 hours and roast pork takes an hour in the oven...) it's easy - mainly steaming, boiling or stir frying.

Now this is a very simple way (or is the way) of making crispy fried noodles. So stop going to the takeaway (even though I go once in a while) and make your own... I own this cookbook Quick and Easy Chinese Cuisines by Judy Lew, who unfortunately passed away last year, this book taught me how to make crispy noodles because my dad was too busy working to teach me many years ago... So I got this book less than 10 years ago, I thought it looked the best out of all the Chinese cookbooks on display in Foyles in Charing Cross Road at the time, as it has some very decent pictures in colour! There's a new edition from 2003 out, so purchase that one if you find it!
My Chinese cookbook, "Quick and Easy Enjoy Chinese Cuisine" by Judy Lew

Making fried noodles!!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

O2 Be More Dog adverts

You know what? I knew I was missing an advert blogpost! 

I saw this a few weeks ago around London (and the various ad posts are getting a bit popular now or making their way around London). O2 are campaigning for something different. They are trying to make their new and old O2 customers change with, I guess, their new price plans, their upcoming use of 4G and other plans that they have in store for their customers... But is it selling to you? (Not to me really)... And are you that daring person who would change price plans for the better (or for the worse)...
O2 Be More Dog advert
I actually like their video ad, and I love the daring factor that this cat wants to change into a dog... but really? Would a cat REALLY want to be a dog? Hmmm... that's a question for a cat to answer. Dogs might be fun and daring, but cats can be calm and sensible, except when they get into a cat fight... My neighbour's cats are not very clever when it comes to fighting.

I'm not with O2 (except for their broadband service which is moving over to Sky for some reason that I'm not interested in...)...

Is this funny or a not so funny advert? And if you had a cat would you want them to be changed into a dog? (I wouldn't dare that's for sure). My brother Mr Stingy said that the ads are stupid!! Hahahaha!!

Well, anyway, check out their fun website: 

Be More Dog people!! ^_^

Saturday, 17 August 2013

nanoblock - The Japanese miniblocks of fun!! ^_^

Finally I'm posting this post which has been sitting in my draft section for months!!

For those who love LEGO will definitely love these miniature lookalikes. Nanoblock is a Japanese building block and I think it's been out for quite a while. Years I think!! The first one I bought was from Artbox around December 2012. My hands were fidgeting to try something new. So when I saw packets hanging beside the till, and I had already purchased some other stuff, I grabbed the most difficult one and built it on the same night!

This is a cool Grand Piano. According to one Instagrammer at the time who saw this was surprised I had a white one! ^^ Hers was in black. I guess the white one just came out at that time...
My grand white piano ^_^
After completing this one, I decided to purchase a couple more from eBay... :D

This is the Elephant one. The nose and ears keep coming off and I constantly have to rebuild it!! This was ok to make. Not too hard. The nose is difficult to keep on...!!
Be careful when making the ears and nose... and the tusks... quite difficult to keep on!

Nanoblock elephant

From a different angle