Sunday, 30 October 2016

Tonkotsu Ramen Restaurant - London Blackfriars

Well I was supposed to blog a lot this month... buuuut I ended up being so busy at the end of this month, so I didn't have time to do anything. Saturday over. Sunday I'm back in action, although I had to do some spring cleaning... More spring cleaning to go.

On one of my Pokémon Go walkabouts (I really wanted to evolve my Margikarp ASAP) I decided I wanted to try this place Tonkotsu. I've tried waiting for Miss Pinky to tag along but she's never had the time or remembered to go and find it. :( So a geeky decision was made to go and try it since I was in the Thames area. If you see Wagamama then you're almost there, Tonkotsu is in the next street. 

It seemed like a very quiet Sunday and I think it was past the lunchtime rush hour. There were already a few customers there but looked like they were almost done. 

I made a final decision on the food I wanted. I also ordered half a pint of Kirin beer, they don't sell Asahi. Oh well. Prefer the sweet beer anyway.

Woooow at this chicken karaage. They looked kind of plain, but in actual fact it really tasted nice! I think they used chicken thigh. It was nice and juicy on the inside... I could have ate loads of these. I made a soy sauce and chilli oil dip. Wished they had some Japanese mayo to go with it. ^_^ Nice crunchy outer layer and juicy chicken worked really well here. Defo recommend this!!!

I had the Tonkotsu ramen and also ordered some extra chashu (I was completely hungry after the 3 hour walk I had!). This was awesome. Different creamy texture to the other ramen places. The soup is on the salty side but has that same aftertaste you get from all the ramen stores. Can't explain what that aftertaste is. The chasu was very enjoyable. They are thickly cut not like some places where they give you a very very thin slice. I couldn't bite through it though and had to eat each slice in whole. ¬_¬"". 

I actually enjoyed it! Think I would go here again if anywhere else was busy for a bowl of ramen. Too bad I didn't finish the soup but I had my beer and more walking to get on with. ^_^

My afternoon meal... tried to make that chicken karaage last for a long time...

Gochisosama deshita! ^_^

Total came to £21.80. Worth it for the soup!

My geeky rating: 5/5

Good points:
- Polite service
- Loved the thick cut chashu slice
- Soup is creamy and actually ok
- Enjoyed the chicken a lot!!!!

Bad points:
- Nothing that I can think of... only the choice of beer! Where's the Asahi?!


Here's some pictures from my walk...

I rarely walk on the north side of the Thames. It was quite magnificent to see The Shard reflecting the clouds and blue skies. Very pretty indeed!

A guy playing the trumpet in Southbank... ^_^

There were a bunch of rollerbladers. Not sure what was happening that day!

Back to work tomorrow... A whole day of going in between places... It's going to be another exhausting week... :p 

I hope you've all turned back your clocks... I think the time change has made me exhausted. Back to sleep I go. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Kit Kat Chunky - Cookie Dough Flavour

Huuuuh? Kit Kat is on the verge of a price hike because of Brexit?!!!! This is so uncool. Bloody Nestlé! Bloody Tories! :p

But before the price hike happens, let's review this Kit Kat Chunky Cookie Dough flavour together. Saw some poster adverts in Ireland and knew when I came back to London I had to go and find this flavour. ^_^

There's two pieces. So one for later or does it have to be shared? ¬_¬" No sharing at this moment!

The cookie dough flavouring is on top of the wafers. The white stuff.

Tasting moment: Can taste a strong taste of cookie dough as I took a bite into it, but then it was overpowered by the sweetness of the chocolate which ruined the sensation of the cookie dough. Maybe they could have added some of the cookie dough into the chocolate itself like they do with the Japanese Kit Kat bars. Or maybe they could have toned down the chocolate's sweetness...

It's very very sweet but think I will just stick to the normal Kit Kat Chunky bars for the time being.

At the moment it's less than a pound I think...


Friday, 21 October 2016

Homemade Spicy Korean Style Ramen

Had a craving for spicy Korean food. Was watching too many cooking videos on Instagram... Master H (Miss Pinky's youngest brother) mentioned that he was watching mini cooking videos on Instagram and I thought I might as well have a look at a lot of cooking stuff... which made me make this dish. >_<"

Didn't take any pictures of the ingredients, but maybe you can tell what ingredients are used from the picture below...

No? Here's a close up...

2 fried eggs - cook first!
Cheese mix: mozzarella and cheddar 

Packet of ramen (anyone... Korean ramen is the best)
1 teapsoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1 heaped teaspoon of Gochujang (Korean hot paste)
1 tablespoon of cane sugar (or normal white sugar) - I just used cane sugar since I have a whole box to use
1 teaspoon of hot chili powder (you can add more if you like spicy food)
2 frankfurters cut into diagonal pieces
Small portion of white cabbage (you can use sweetheart cabbage)
1 small cup of water

Cooking instructions:
1. Cook the ramen without the sauce packets and sprinkles for 3-4 minutes. Drain water once ready.
2. Using a small frying pan, add the olive oil and fry the frankfurters for 2 minutes.
3. Add the cabbage and cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Add the tomato paste, gochujang, cane sugar and hot chili powder, Mix into the frankfurters and cabbage.
5. Add water to the mix, cover the pan with a lid and simmer for around 3 to 4 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly.
6. Add the cooked ramen and mix into the ingredients.
7. Serve in a bowl and add the toppings... Now enjoy. ^_^

Mashittda! 맛있다 ! Delicious!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Homemade Flapjacks with Chocolate topping

It was Baby B's birthday last month. She's one years old! Wow. I can't believe I've been almost a Kai Ma 契媽 (the Cantonese version of a godmother a.k.a adoptive mother). I say almost because Baby B hasn't given me a cup of tea to drink to officially become my Kai Neui 契女 (goddaughter a.k.a adoptive daughter) yet... It has to be an official celebration thing for us Chinese peeps. 

Miss Pinky and Mr Picky were deciding on a lot of things on how to celebrate this little baby's birthday... In the end we ended up going to the Horniman Museum park area which is located around Forest Hill.

So what did we all have to do? Cook food! I was originally going to make brownies, but ended up making flapjacks!

I used this recipe but changed a few things:

Ingredients (they were actually all estimated ^_^ ... I didn't bother with the weighing scales):
~750g of Scottish oats
~500g of butter
~300g of baking syrup
~400g soft light brown sugar
3 bars of Milka original chocolate bars

1, Melt the butter and sugar and syrup together until it goes all gooey and brown
2. Mix in the above into the oats and stir all together making sure all the oats are soaked with the sugars and butters
3. Pour into a lightly buttered baking tray. You can also add a baking sheet to make it easy to pick up and cut - up to you!
4. Set the oven to around gas mark 5, and bake in the middle of the oven for 45 minutes... I cooked it longer because there were so many oats!
5. Once done, take the tray out and set aside.
6. Place the chocolate into a heat proof bowl. Heat a pan of water and set the bowl on top of the pan. Whilst the water is boiling, the chocolate should melt. Stir the chocolate around to make it melt faster...
7. After all the chocolate is melted, add this on top of the uncut flapjacks (I didn't smooth the chocolate down on purpose)
8. Cool the flapjacks overnight and cut when ready. ^_^ You can score the chocolate before it completely sets.

Mr Stingy loved them. I loved them. And everyone at the party loved them! Yum yum yum!! We just needed more main food dishes... But it looks like I will be making more of these in the future. Hahahahahah.

Here's Miss Pinky with Baby B in her new unicorn night suit from M&S. Happy sleeping in it. LOL!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Comical Bus Stop Invasion Street Art a.k.a Brandalism

Making up for lost time for not actually spending lots of time blogging.
This month, for the rest of the month, I'm going to off load an upload junk on this blog.

Wait for it... So. This past year has been filled with street art or what others would call Brandalism ... or shall I say comical posters at a bus stop in the Walworth Road, located in front of Newington Library and there was one at Elephant and Castle. Brandalism is when someone mocks advertisements and brands. Anti-advertising.

I love it, the more offensive it is the funnier I find it.

I'm not sure who the artist(s) of these posters are, but it has captured some attention... they are often there for a minimum of a week, maybe a few days or longer if lucky and then replaced by a boring advert.

This poster was at Elephant and Castle. It shows an astronaut painting the sun or red moon, and shouting out "No God" at the bottom. Meaning there's no god in outer space. 

This is one of the first posters at the bus stops in front of the library (there may have been one before this, but I can't remember). It says "Practical Squatting". What does that even mean?! Are people squatting because they have no place to stay, rent is too high in London and pay is too low... how do people survive?!

This was on the inside side of the bus same bus stop... Upside down tree. Probably meaning our trees are going downhill. We're no longer breathing because the trees are all going to make way for other things... like new tower blocks.

And recently this was up for about a week or two. "Fart go further"... it also says "Why worry about Global Warming? We all die anyway." And at the very bottom (missed out the first word), it says "... of Climate Scientists that that all this bla bla bla about "the Global Warming issue" is BULLSHIT". LOL!!! Well it's kind of right... How on Earth do we stop eating meat and become all vegan? Population is high anyway... ¬_¬""

Anyone know who they are? Are they locals to the Walworth Road? Street artists or Brandalists don't really reveal themselves I know.

For my own selfish reasons, please keep invading this bus stop!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Budget Ireland Trip 2016 - Day 4: Dublin - The End

Monday 12th September - all day!

It was our final day in Ireland. After a very early check out (thanks to the B&B place we stayed in who accepted us leaving the money in the room and leaving the key on the door) it was time for a long walk back to the bus station. What's with all these long walks... Backpacking is just hard work... LOL! 

Bye bye Galway. Miss Money liked this area... she'll probably visit again...

Bus ticket from Galway to Dublin is €15 on a 3 to 4 hour journey... Huh... How comes this trip is much cheaper than the trip to the Cliffs?! Didn't make sense to the two of us.

Halfway into the journey, we had loads of people getting on the bus as it was stopping at Dublin Airport. At that point I fell asleep for 15 minutes... Uh. I never fall asleep on the bus! That's the first time! But geez, my power nap energised me for the rest of the day. ^_^

We finally arrived in Dublin around 11.30ish. It was nice to see Dublin again... But so many road works!

So I told Miss Money we should go and visit Trinity College, which is the most famous part of Dublin. I swear Miss Money only likes places that are rated the best. I asked her why one time... why does it have to be the best? ¬_¬" Anyway, she didn't look up any parts in Dublin, so I was basically her tour guide for the parts I remembered.

Is this one of Invader's works? Yeah, I think it is! LOL! Ireland is AWESOME for free WiFi!! I cannot doubt that one bit... I wish lots of countries were like Ireland. ^_^

Miss Money were practically starving... She wanted breakfast, so we had to look around... We found this place called Urban Picnic which was in the middle of an arcade. Asked if they were still doing breakfast, and the kind man said he could do some breakfast for us...

The service was actually quite slow... The guys who ordered soup after us ate and went... Very, very slow...

This was our breakfast, but they added the mushrooms onto Miss Money's plate which should have been on mine... The bread was hard... everything else was ok... Not the greatest breakfast we've had...

My geeky rating: 3.5/5

Address: George's Street Arcade, S Great George's St, Dublin, Ireland
Phone: +353 87 977 5822

We went for a walk now... we had hours until our flight back to London. We kept seeing places who were doing all day breakfasts for cheap... Miss Money wasn't happy. Hahahahaha. Oh well. That's life.

Pointed out the famous Temple Bar to her... she wasn't that interested in this place. ¬_¬"

Then we decided to head to the Guinness Factory...

Saw this and thought of Miss Pinky... LOL

I had forgotten how long the walk to the Guinness factory was... Long! When we got there, all we did was take pictures on the outside... I think Miss Money will come again to Dublin to have a go at serving herself a pint. :D

After going around the factory we kind of ended up walking around the river area... even explained to Miss Money where I had stayed last time I was there.

After walking around, drinking an expensive small iced coffee, posted some more postcards and reminiscing about what Miss Pinky and I did 4 years ago we headed towards the tourist shops. Bought a few things, then took a local bus (again the number 16, which Miss Pinky and I took) to the airport. I actually couldn't understand the bus driver for the price of fare, so I just added coins into the coin thingy... ¬_¬""

Finally at the airport with my muddy trainers and ugly look (we were tired!!)... I was kind of not in a happy mood with this heavy backpack... Let me rest Miss Money!!! She wanted to buy more souvenirs. :p

Before we headed to our gate, we ate some Burger King food. I actually wasn't very hungry for some reason, so I had some chicken strips. Was fed up of eating chips too.

Ok, so this wasn't our flight home, but I thought I would take a picture as there were no people surrounding the windows, and it looked scenic.

It was time to board, yaaay! We had these rude Americans who pushed in the queue, and I had this feeling they wanted to push in front of us when they went into the wrong queue... Pee off! I kind of blocked their path after going through the passport check. Such rude people.

So this is our actual flight... there's something about cheap flights when we actually have to go outside and climb up stairs to board the plane. Not fun really.

Finally arrived in London around 9.30pm. The flight was on time! And yes Ryanair still have those silly on time messages they broadcast on the flight... Ugh. We were the last people to get off the plane. Hahahah. There was a disabled lady sitting next to us, but it was ok as we didn't mind taking our time.
There was no passport control at the other end... so we were very early for our coach back into Waterloo. We asked at the National Express desk if we could board an early coach, they said yes, the driver said yes, and we were back home very early! Wooo!!

Felt this trip was all about luck. Trial and error luck. ^_^

Total spent on Day 4: €70.90

Total spent on the trip (excluding flights and B&B's/Hostels/housing): €255.90 - average of €62 (~£55-60)

Well, our spending was much better than what Miss Pinky and I had done four years ago. I think we could have spent even less if we had tried harder. ^_^

End of Day 4.

My next trip will be soon... Guess where I'm going!