Monday, 29 September 2014

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...

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Nissin Tokyo Shoyu Noodles

I've blogged about the Nissin Black Oil ramen now it's the Tokyo Shoyu. As mentioned in the previous post this is a Product of Singapore and not Hong Kong or Japan. This ramen looks rather authentic except for the soup, and I rather like this version.

Unfortunately you can't get this is many places. I found this in the Rice Wine Shop in Air Street and you can also get this in Oriental Delights in China Town - a pack of 5 for £3.50. Both places are similar in prices.
Tokyo Shoyu Ramen

Product of Singapore

Back of the packet

All the stuff in the packet
Well I cooked it as the packet says (just in case I get into trouble from a reader ¬.¬"). Put the same base in.
Add the soup base and oil after cooking
And then sprinkled the nori on top.
Sprinkle that nori ^_^
Verdict? This is the best ramen I have ever tasted from a packet. It's a little oily and the soup is a little salty but very tasty. I basically drank all the soup as it tasted so good. The noodles were like spaghetti and there was so much of it!

I recommend this to any ramen fans even if you can't make it to the famous ramen bars in London or around the world.

Next goal is to learn how to cook a Hanjuku egg to eat with these ramen!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Japanese Canteen - London Middlesex Street + Tower of London Poppies

A couple of days after visiting My Old Place I decided it was about time I went to Japanese Canteen. I had seen this place a year ago and haven't even tried it out!! When I passed it during the evening it was quite busy and I saw the sign Korean fried chicken, and thought I must go and eat there!!

I got there just after it opened, and there were already customers sitting around! There's an extensive menu of Korean and Japanese food. Not sure why there's Korean food when it's a "Japanese" restaurant but that doesn't matter as long as the food is delicious, simple and filling. ^_^
Japanese Canteen
The place looks very quiet during the day but it's busy at night.
Many seats
Can you see how long the menu is?!!
Extensive menu!
Pretty honeycomb like lantern...
Love the lantern
I ordered the strawberry and apple fruit juice. It isn't bad
Juice
I ordered the Korean Fried Chicken donburi a.k.a "KFC" heheh. This came with rice and salad like a bibimbap with the hot stone bowl. The chicken was in a nice sticky sweet Korean red pepper sauce. It doesn't look hot but it definitely was spicy hot and hot, hot. I was pretty much full after eating this! Really, really filling if you're just looking for one dish to eat.
Korean Fried Chicken Donburi
And I had to order takoyaki which was smothered in mayonnaise and okonomiyaki brown sauce. Quality of the takoyaki was good! Even the piece of the octopus was substantial. ^_^ Too bad there were only 4 pieces. I would have liked it if there were two more. ¬.¬"
Takoyaki
Big piece of octopus inside

My meal ^___^
Total cost came to £10.85!! Wow. I finally found a place where I can enjoy a meal for around £10.

My geeky rating: 5/5

Good points:
- A combination of Korean and Japanese food
- Very spacious
- Polite service
- Cheapish and affordable for a night out

Bad points:
- Nothing I can think of really!

Address: 100 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EZ

Website: http://www.thejapanesecanteen.co.uk/index2.html


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Thursday, 18 September 2014

My Old Place Revisited 老地方 - London Middlesex Street

I don't usually re-blog about restaurants I revisit (lie!) but was insisted by Mr ÆðelgarYellowcloak (aefelgar-yellow-cloak) to write about our adventure on the main floor as we were in the basement last time.

Ms LǜFù contacted us out of the blue to have a get together dinner. Reminds me of my yearly get together with Miss Rock during Christmas. Well this is our Mandarin class get together. ^_^ There were 5 of us including one of Ms LǜFù's Chinese friends. We waited for quite a longish time before we ordered a dish each (the waiting staff were very patient with us! I actually felt like ordering a drink in case they thought we weren't staying...). 

The main floor was busy, but not very busy when we got there until maybe an hour later it started getting really busy. At that point they had to direct people to the basement. Northern Chinese food seems to be a hit in the Liverpool Street area!

So here's what we had... (by the way I am very happy with these pictures taken with my new Sony Xperia Z2. Really good quality. ^_^).

I wanted the beef stew but was told by the waitress we shouldn't have that. It was the elbow of the cow (probably lots of bone and not enough meat I guess). So we had one of Mr ÆðelgarYellowcloak's favourite, which we had last time 锅爆肉 (mando: guo bao rou; canto: wo baau yuk; trad: 鍋爆肉)... copying and pasting from my last post. ¬.¬"" It looks a little more orange than the previous one we had, or maybe it's just the quality of the lighting and the camera. But it still tasted good! Sweet and a tiny bit crispy... This dish was completely demolished... They should add more!
锅爆肉 guo bao rou
Ms LǜFù ordered the aubergine 茄子 again, (mando: qiezi; canto: keh ji). This one was also finished quite quickly. It stayed hot throughout the time we were there! Amazing. I think a lot of oil was used in this one, but nevertheless it tasted good! 
茄子 Aubergine
Mr ÆðelgarYellowcloak ordered this rare Northern dish which I have never seen before. It's called 京酱肉丝 Shredded pork in Beijing Sauce (Mando: Jīng jiàng ròu sī; Canto: ging jeung yuk si, Trad:京醬肉絲). 京酱 Jīng jiàng means Beijing sauce and 肉丝 ròu sī means "pork". The cheese-like looking wraps are actually tofu slices. Surprised? Well I was. The meat is pork drenched in a salty Beijing sauce placed on top of some corriander (bleurgh) and some spring onions. Mr ÆðelgarYellowcloak showed us how to eat this. You put some of the meat, spring onions and/or corriander into a filled rice bowl. Then you take a piece of the tofu slice, place it on top of the rice and then you must attempt to wrap the meat, salad and rice with your chopsticks... The art of chopsticks must be used here. Heheh. :D Forgot to take a picture of my attempt but it was great fun! (I only tried once).
京酱肉丝 Shredded pork in Beijing Sauce
Next came the seabass ordered by Ms LǜFù's Chinese friend. I don't like fish that much but I think I should have had more of this as the sauce was pretty yummy. My ex-classmate sitting next to me ate the eyes. Bleurgh... This was well cooked, had a little fishiness but that can't be helped...
Seabass
Next came these beans called 干煸四季豆 Dry-Fried French Beans with Preserved Vegetables (Mando: Gān biān sìjì dòu; Canto: gon pin sei gwai dou Trad:乾煸四季豆). Literally means "dry-stir-green beans". I had a few but unfortunately this wasn't the popular dish (sorry ex-classmate). It was salty, a little spicy and a little bit hard to chew on. Can't remember how much was left on the plate... probably a lot... ¬.¬"
干煸四季豆
Total cost came to around £62 including the tea. That's around £12 each! Not bad, not bad!!

My geeky rating: 4.5/5 (still giving this place a 4.5) - the beans disappointed me... next time I'm ordering dumplings!!!

Good points:
- Very consistent with their cooking (it feels the same like last year really!)

Bad points:
- I can't think of anything bad at the moment... Just to point out the taps in the ladies were hard to stop the water coming out.


Address: 88-90 Middlesex St London E1 7EZ
Telephone: 020 7247 2200






Previous post: http://asimplegeekylife.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/my-old-place-london-middlesex-street.html

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

3D Origami Overkill - Part 4 (Cute Ones)

Here's the final post of all my 3D origami so far. It's been a very long year making all these wonderful pieces and I'm so happy I've made a lot friends happy.

A Lion - One colleague spotted the Winnie The Pooh in Mrs Jewelry's office and so she asked me to make her a lion. She didn't say lioness, so I made a male one. I looked online for some examples and came across one which I thought was good, but I couldn't do the hair so I designed a different way of doing it. I've been told this is the best work I have made so far!! Is it? 









Hello Kitty in Keroppi suit - I have wanted to make this for a very long time, and I finally got the chance in between all those sport players I made in the previous post. This one has to be my favourite at the moment!






Candy Crush Saga Tiffi - I am a definite Candy Crush Saga addict. So I made Tiffi, the strange looking candy girl who helps the troubled and smashes all those candies. ^_^ I think I made her look all scary.





Wedding Couple - here's a wedding couple I made for a friend. It's an anniversary gift for my friend's relatives. Have to keep this hush hush for now, as the anniversary is not until November!

Bride - I looked at a few designs online and decided to make a small version of what I had seen... Very pretty don't you think?!





Groom - this guy was easy to make. Must be the simplest design I have ever made!!












Large Me-To-You Bears - one of my colleagues had requested these bears for a very long time! I made her a small one when I first started, but it wasn't enough! She asked for two, one father and one mother... >_<"" They were pretty easy to make though.

Father Me-To-You Bear









Mother Me-To-You Bear










There will be more to come!

p.s. I have almost finished watching all 9 SEASONS of 24... a few more episodes to go!!

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