Monday, 10 September 2018

Gourmet Travels in Shenzhen - Day 7: Food Exploring

Tuesday 3rd July 2018

A slightly longer post... of mainly... food... 😇

I think we all had a lot of food in Shenzhen after four and half days. Hahahah. Even looking at the food now, it makes me want to return to eat a bit more. 

Well, it seems we were lucky to eat dumplings made by Mrs Travels's family. They made quite a lot. It made me think I should just make my own when I got back home - but there's a lot of frozen ones I can just buy and cook it then. Heheheh.

It looks like they also know how to make the Korean style mandu. Mixed cultures in this plate of dumplings. 

I can't remember why we went out, but we took a bus and then went around shopping, and looking at shops.

Mrs Travels's mother told us to eat out. She was tired of cooking for us. 😅 I would be the same if I had a massive family... They'll just be eating mostly take outs. Hahahahah. Only joking!

We ended up at this kind of new restaurant Zhi Shang Wei Dao é™Ÿä¸Šå‘³é“. The interior and exterior looks amazing!

I think we got there too early as the staff were resting around the restaurant, so the kids played and we sat around. Looks like a dream cafe / restaurant. 
After a while, the staff had their daily get together meeting outside the restaurant. I don't get to see this often!

Well the place is nice, but I'm not sure of the food that was ordered by the family... hmmmm... It's Hunan cuisine. Can't describe it. If you like eating slowly this might be your choice of place to eat, as it's all kind of chopped too finely for me. I prefer big chunks of food and mixing it with my rice. Apart from the courgettes and I had one piece of fried chicken, this was kind of not my style of food dining...

Total cost not known... Thanks Family!

My geeky rating: 4/5 (mainly for the deco)

Address: ç¬‹å²— 展艺路35号艺览中心六楼601室
(Room 601, 6th Floor, Art Gallery, 35 Art Road, Sungang, Shenzhen)

So I had a choice, go on the Metro with Mrs Travels brother and family or walk and get a bus... Mrs Travels said I should get the Metro. Hahahah. It was one stop!

This single trip token cost ¥2 (~£0.20). If only London could follow the cheap fares of Shenzhen. I complain as us Londoners pay ten times more for a single trip on the Metro! The only difference is that the Metro in China is like an airport, they must check your bags especially with liquids. With the world going crazy with attacks, acid attacks and whatnots it's not surprising that they've upped their security. 

We went from Hongling North...

And ended up in Sungang Station - where Mrs Travels family live. Then it was just a short walk after this...

Yep. Late night snacking again. We ended up eating Korean Fried Chicken whilst watching one of the World Cup matches. 

This cost less than the Korean food in London. The chicken was a little oily but it tasted a little sweet, it was also covered in mustard mayo. I haven't had that sauce for a while. The sides were delicious... I actually liked the purple sweet potatoes. 😋

Somehow a second round of chicken was ordered. 😆 I guess lunch wasn't great then!

My geeky rating: 4.5/5!

Name of restaurant: KO韩国炸鸡 (KO Korean Fried Chicken)... Can't find the location of the place online.

End of Day 7.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Gourmet Travels in Shenzhen - Day 5 and 6: Egg Cheung Fun and Chinese French Toast

Ah, Story of the Yanxi Palace has captivated me... Procastinating has become a hobby... Currently on Episode 23 (the Cantonese version!). 

Sunday 1st July 2018

This is going to be a somewhat short post. Can't say I did much on the next day... Although I had to wake up early again. I'm sure Mrs Travels also wanted to sleep, but it didn't happen. ^_^

This time we went to a cheung fun place on the main road. They also serve porridge and other Chinese breakfast things... Mainly cheung fun.

Mrs Travels and her mother had this pumpkin rice porridge. Wow. I've not seen this before. I think the English-Chinese restaurants are quite out of date. They serve too much traditional foods with no twists... Incredible.

I had a hot soya milk with scrambled egg cheung fun. What kind of cheung fun is this?! I've not seen this in Hong Kong, and neither in the UK. Mrs Travels looked at me surprised that I haven't had this before. Maybe I should have had two plates. 😅 This cost around ¥11 (~£1.50). Cheap breakfast!

I don't think we did much, apart from shopping with Missy S this time. 😆

That evening, we had a lot of food made by Mrs Travels mother... It felt like a feast! I even had fizzy cold apple cider vinegar. I think Miss Vegan would have been jealous of this drink. 😊

That evening the kids were playing quite freely, and I seem to have ended up making these... which then got completely destroyed by the young ones. 😆😆😆

Monday 2nd July 2018

Unfortunately it rained mostly on Monday... 6 hours of rain, so we ended up staying in... 
I really didn't mind. It was a holiday to forget about work and enjoy being with family and friends. 

But I had this for breakfast. It's "Jump-a-Jump" 跳一跳. A bit like French toast with cream or custard in each piece of toast. Not bad! 

I forgot, we had another late night snack... mixed foods. A bit spicy, but I liked it!

It's been a big Chinese food adventure already!

End of Day 5 and 6.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Gourmet Travels in Shenzhen - Day 4: Dim Sum, Ice Cream, Bubble Tea and Midnight Snacking

Think it's about time I stop procastinating! 😅

Saturday 30th June 2018

In less than 24 hours of arriving in China, morning came fairly quickly... I was awakened by Mrs Travels mother who needed get her grandson's potty, which happened to be in the room I was staying... I think I managed to sleep another hour or two before Mrs Travels said I needed to get up to go for breakfast. 😕 I want sleeeeep. It's the only way I can survive in life. Sleep more! 

Well, we had to get bus (I forgot which number from Luohu) but we had to get to King Glory Plaza 金光华广场 (Mando: JÄ«n Guānghuá Guǎngchǎng; Canto: gam gong wa gwong cheung). Did you know it only costs CN¥2 (~£0.20) for an adult to get on a bus?!! And CN¥1 (~£0.10) for a child?! Plus there's proper aircon!! Our English government needs to understand what the main differences in our transportation... 😠 

It was still the World Cup at the time we went, so we saw this display...

And this area is the King Glory Plaza. It really reminds me of Hong Kong. Skyscrapers can be seen everywhere.  

We walked a bit to find the dim sum restaurant where Mrs Travels sister wanted us to eat in.

It was quite funny intriguing seeing the signs... who would every fancy a coffee?! LOL! 😂

Near the area, there were some children learning and practicing kung fu. Cool!

We ended up in a big room which had their own private toilet. Don't even know what the restaurant was called but it was on a whole floor with a play area. 

I think the family ordered too much, this is just part of what we had.

These buns were the only interesting pieces of food to take pics of... Red bean filled piggy buns.  

Finished food! Was really full! That's a chicken's foot there... Hahahaha!

Time to head back! Missy S decided to head back, so it was only Mrs Travels, Missy I and Missy A who got to go out and do some stationery and toy shopping before having some ice cream at McDonald's. 😋 It was really, really hot.

Mrs Travels's mother cooks a really good meal for the whole family! I really love her soy sauce and cola chicken! 😋😋😋 Just reminds me of my parents cooking - mainly DaddyChef's cooking!

Somehow I ended up going out with Mrs Travels and Missy A to get a bubble tea. This large cup cost CN¥17 (~£2.00) - Way cheaper than London. I think this store is a new one in the area. It's called 1點點 (Mando: yÄ«diǎn diǎn; Canto: yat dim dim), which means "a little bit". If you notice, they've used Traditional characters, probably to emphasise that this is a Taiwanese brand. Mrs Travels pointed out that they probably need to sell a lot of cups to make a profit, and to pay their staff. (Shenzhen apparently sets their own minimum wage to their employees, so I bet the staff don't get paid much). But anyway, I enjoyed my cheap tea!!

Final stage of Day 4 ended up with us eating another late night snack... In China, there's an app you can use to order food. It's a bit like Just Eat, Deliveroo, UberEats and all those delivery services. Would I ever do this in London? Probably not. I would rather walk to whereever and get my takeaway in person.
On the bright side in China, food is cheap, and you can order even if the food store is at your doorstep!

Time to sleep if I'm allowed to!

End of Day 4.