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One of the reason why I like visiting Japan so much is their lunch bento box. The variety is huge and packaging is art. Sadly, this kind of bento boxes cannot be found in London but simplified versions can be found in Japanese supermarkets (like Japan  Centre ) and Japanese restaurants. Among all, Eat Tokyo‘s teriyaki chicken bento box is the best.

chicken teriyaki bento box

At lunch time, customers can order grilled mackerel, chicken katsu or port katsu takeaway bento boxes from Eat Tokyo though my favourite is the chicken teriyaki. It is amazing. I have craving for it nearly every other week. The cook to order chicken (a generous portion) was tender and succulent, served on a bed of hot and soft Japanese rice,  complemented by a small salad (with its own dressing in a small bottle), a small miso soup and pickled vegetables. For £4.80, it was the best lunch bento box I have ever had in London. To eat-in, this meal would have cost over £7. The takeaway option is a bargain! Continue reading >>

Heston Blumenthal, chef of Fat Duck ( the 3 Michelin starred restaurant and one of the top 3 restaurants in the world) and Dinner  (which explores ancient British recipes) collaborated with high- end supermarket Waitrose to create a range of food products from condiments to pies. I have already reviewed his coriander and rose salt, steak, ale & kombu pie and Lapsang Souchong tea smoked salmon. The next one to try is Vanilla mayonnaise.

Heston Blumenthal's vanilla mayonnaise

Upon opening the cap of the bottle, I could smell immediately a strong aroma of vanilla. The bottle was easy to squeeze and the mayonnaise came out smoothly and neatly. Fresh vanilla pods has been used and the little seeds look beautiful in the mayonnaise.  It also has good consistency. I used it to make sweetcorn and tuna mayonnaise jacket potatoes. It was light and refreshing. Read the rest of this entry »


It is very rare for me to feel that the design of a restaurant and its management style can work so badly with each other that it turns the dining experience miserable, until I went to Dumplings Legend.

Its name suggested their dumplings, or Xiao Long Bao in Mandarin to be precise, are so amazing that they are legendary. It is hard to find great dumplings in Chinatown. Chinese Experience used to do the best ones but they folded last year, unfortunately. You can imagine my excitement when I first heard about this restaurant.

If you eat on the ground floor like we did, you would walk past a gallery kitchen in which the chefs prepare all the dumplings fresh. It was a pleasure to watch and certainly my appetite was stimulated. Promising start!

The restaurant is mainly decorated in white- white painted plastered wall with mirrors. It certainly looks smart and modern from Gerrard Street. But what the owner and the designer overlooked is that this kind of wall finishes are very bad in absorbing sound.  Continue reading >>

As a symbolic gesture to eating healthily, I ordered a salad to go with my burger instead of chunky chips. When it arrived, I noticed a few curious pieces of pale yellow and purple objects scattered over the bed of lettuce with a couple of thinly sliced tomatoes and chillis. Guess what? It was aubergine- raw aubergine to be precise.

I was at Elbow Room at Westbourne Grove. Ok, it is not supposed to be a gourmet restaurant but a place where people go to play pool and have a bite along the way. Looking at the bun, we wondered if the ‘salad’ was supposed to be inside the burger as it had nothing but just a layer of meat.  But was serving a salad with raw aubergine and no salad dressing (yes, zero dressing!) a step too far?

I was actually quite entertained by my friends’ reactions when they saw my plate. They all made a face when they saw the raw aubergines  and most of them wanted to try. ‘Yuck!’ was also the universal reaction after putting them in their mouths.

So what is wrong with eating raw aubergines? Continue reading >>

Marmite– I must confess I belong to the ‘Hate it’ group.
Chocolate– l love it.
Marmite + chocolate= I have to try it! It is also eagerly anticipated by a lot of Marmite fans. 

I like the packaging. It is mysterious and seductive. Even non-Marmite fan like me want to give it a go. Continue Reading >>

Heston Blumenthal, chef of Fat Duck ( the 3 Michelin starred restaurant and one of the top 3 in the world) and Dinner (which explores ancient British receipes) collaborated with high- end supermarket Waitrose to create a range of food products from condiments to pies. Has he done a Marco Pierre White, who endorsed poor quality product for profit or has he really added colour to our meals at home? I have reviewed the Vanilla mayonnaise, steak, ale and kombu pie and Lapsang Souchong tea smoked salmon, here is the review of the coriander and rose salt.

This salt is officially the most expensive salt I have ever bought- £4.99 for 45g! It beat my last record of £4.49 for 250g for the Halen Mon sea salt. They are both from the Welsh Isle of Anglesy. The latter is plain salt. Heston’s one is mixed with ground coriander, rose petals, ground coriander leaf, ground ginger and green tea. The recipe is said to be inspired by a trip to the medina in Morocco. Continue reading >>

Places  that  sell  falafel  usually  display a  bold  statement in the stall/shop saying that  their falafel is the best.

But only one gets the crown of the best falafel wrap in Winky’s good book.

This stall only opens 4 days during the week (plus Saturday). It closes at prayer time on Fridays, the exact time varies between summer time and winter time. Sometimes, you have to queue for 5 to 10 minutes before you can even make an order. And from then, be prepared to wait for another 5 minutes before you can get the food. Despite this ‘inconvenience’, it is always busy at lunch time. This shows its special status. Continue reading >>

Once upon a time, when Selfridges still gave out yellow plastic bags with old style drawings of the elevation of its building; before it rebranded itself as a young and trendy department store, a salt beef sandwich at The Brass Rail was the best thing to eat. In fact,  it was reknowned to be the best salt beef in London.

Now, with places like EAT, Yo! Sushi and Square Pie filling up the food hall, is the salt beef sandwich that has 33 years of history in Selfridges still the best choice there? Continue reading >>

Do they really have charcoal? Yes, 1.5% .

Both traditional cheese and fine goods shop  Paxton and Whitefield (established 200 years ago) and relatively younger  Dorset family baker Fudges (established in 1926) produce their own charcoal crackers. How do they compare?

The Paxton and Whitefield charcoal crackers have a stronger aroma. In terms of texture, they are firmer and are closer to oat cakes (but not as thick). They are very tasty. The Fudges ones, on the other hand, taste more bland but are a touch saltier. They are also thinner.

Both crackers are marketed as a complement to cheese. Which one you should go for really depends on the cheese you plan to have. However, if I were to have them on their own as a snack, I will definitely go for Paxton and Whitefield’s.

On thing worth mentioning is that you cannot buy Fudges charcoal crackers on their own. They are sold with oat & walnut crackers in a 180g box. This is rather annoying as I do not think the latter is that special and it has a whopping 14.2g of saturated fat per 100g! (charcoal crackers only have 1.2g) I always end up giving this half away!

Just in case you are wondering- none of the crackers claims to contain activated charcoal, which is the type of charcoal that can adsorb (not ‘absorb’ – read the Science here) harmful substances, eliminates bad breath or eases indigestion.

This Italian exercise bike by Ciclotte is not one that just sits in the room and remains unnoticed. On the contrary, it is designed to be looked at! And this was exactly what I did when I first walked past it- I stopped and stared. What a curious object! It is a simple ring with 2 bunny ears (handle bars), saddle, pedals and 2 bunny feet (stablisers). It looks like it is going to hop around in any second.

How is it as an exercise bike? Continue reading >>