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I've had a look and it seem's designed for the casual user to find random tit bits more easily rather than for the established users of the site.

Also the locations seem a bit odd. On international cities they have Leicester and Luton and being in England and having visited, these aren't culinary hot spots and there's few if any posts on these, yet Penang and Singapore aren't listed.

7 nights in London beginning this Wednesday

For regional Chinese I would definitely recommend Xi'an Impression. I went last week and the cold noodles with special Xi'an sauce and the beef sandwich (called a burger on the menu) were really good. It's really small so maybe phone first as it's not all that central., also cash only. The guy who served me was really helpful and said they will be in The Observer in a couple of weeks so now is probably a good time to go given the size of the place.For Hunanese food I like Yipin China.

For Malaysian it's Tukdin or Pak Awie, both not far from Paddington Station.If your'e hankering for Singaporean I had some very decent Hainese chicken rice at Bugis St last week it's in the Millenium Gloucester hotel last week and they have a fairly extensive Singaporean/Malaysian menu.

about 7 hours ago
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7 nights in London beginning this Wednesday

All is not lost. The Overground was working during the last strike.
Euston is roughly a mile from Soho. You can jump on the Overground at Euston, 3 stops to Queens Park and then you're a mile and half from the Ledbury so could hopefully get a cab. Bit of a pain but it is the Ledbury.

about 7 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

It's not a normal pork cut for a chop or steak in the UK. I've had bad experiences trying to use shoulder chops/steaks before in anything other than a braise. If it's the shoulder of a beast it's always going to be low and slow for me.

Jul 27, 2015
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What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Summer seem to have given up at the mo in South London, cold and rainy. Wasn't the weather for walking far so had to utilise the local shop. Not much but were some pork shoulder steaks. Not a good cut for steaks, so fried of some bacon and seared the steaks. Removed and fried off onions, peppers and carrots. Added garlic and deglazed with port and added tinned tomatoes and fennel pollen. Added back the pork and cooked for 2 1/2 hrs at 140c. I shredded the pork at the end and it ended up as a rag for rigatoni.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Tonight is Keralan prawn curry and basmati rice. Afters is roast figs with Greek yoghurt. As we are moving soon, we've been running down the drinks cabinet. Cocktails most nights. Tonight is Havana Club with Apple Snapple, ginger beer, tonic water and a good squeeze of lime.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

I made a hash a few weeks ago for the first time a few weeks ago. It must have been ok. as the missus has requested another one. Used salmon last time,this time smoked mackerel and will be adding cavolo nero instead of kale. Also adding some smoked bacon lardons and a poached duck egg.

Authentic Thai Food in London - Have not found a single one!!

I've never thought London has done Thai food very well and that was even before I'd been to Thailand. I tend no to eat it but will add my vote to Thai 101 but would advise picking the Northern Thai dishes of the menu particularly the laab and Isaan sausage.

Jul 22, 2015
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Do you drink tea?

Builders tea, milk no sugar 4-5 cups a day. Favourite brand Punjana.
Here in England the question is more likely "what do you mean you don't drink tea?" when you find out someone doesn't drink it.

Kitchen gadgets review: the Egg Master – a horrifying, unholy affair

This guy reviews gadgets every week on the Guardian Website. Always quite funny this is one of his best yet.

Jul 16, 2015
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Solo in London in September

If you can bring food into the hostel, I had some great Vietnamese a this place in Elephant. Can recommend the beef noodle soup. Pick up only though.

https://www.zomato.com/london/hoa-phu...

You're also only 20 mins from Tooting on the Northern Line. Loads of South Asian places. My favourite is Apollo Banana Leaf a Sri Lankan place.

Jul 14, 2015
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Seriously awesome food /drink pairings

Pork and fennel meatballs and Aperol spritz.

Caol Isla malt whisky and chocolate truffles.

Jul 14, 2015
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What's for Dinner #374-The Summer Swamp Edition! [through July 14, 2015]

I was working from home due to the tube strike and it was lovely lo be podding broad beans listening to the cricket in between doing some work. i was going to put these with bulgur wheat along side some kale and wild salmon fillets. However I came across some potatoes I'd forgotten about so I decided on a hash. Fried off onions and pieces of smoked sausage, added par boiled potatoes, then the kale and broad beans at the end. Added the flaked salmon that I'd already poached. Served with a lemon, mustard and paprika mayonnaise.
For afters a shop bought tiramisu for the missus, raspberry trifle for me.

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

Not sure of the variety. They were a deep read colour and some were a bit oddly shaped so I knew weren't Elsanta. The stall was run by people who have a farm in Kent. Always good stuff so I didn't ask they just looked too good to pass up.

Jul 04, 2015
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What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

Tonight is pork ribs, coleslaw and potato and sweet potato chips. For dessert simply strawberries. I picked up a punnet from the market and they actually taste of something (unlike the supermarket Elsanta variety), they're delicious and hopefully I don't eat them all before the missus gets back from her parachute jump.

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

The missus is not too fond of aubergine, sardines or capers. As i'm on my tod and given the hot weather I'm going Sicilian. Grilled sardines with caponata but I'm adding fennel and a glug of Ricard. Some crusty bread to mop up. Also bought a bottle of Sicilian white, one I've not tried before . I'll try and leave some for tomorrow.
For afters I spied a new flavour yoghurt from Yeo valley, one of my favourite yoghurt brands. It's papaya and lime. Will have that with some granola.

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Tonight’s dinner was trout fillets wrapped in foil with a dash of Fino sherry and mushroom ketchup and baked in the oven. Alongside new potatoes and spinach. I used frozen spinach and normally add it to other things like daal or curries. Wasn’t sure about using it on it’s own. However if you add enough butter and cream (along with a bit of Dijon mustard) it actually works very well especially with the trout.

Bonda Cafe [London]

I’m bumping this thread as Bonda has now sadly closed.

I know there was quite a lot of love on this board for Bonda. It was certainly a firm favourite of mine. The first place I had Malaysian food and I ate there for Lunch at least twice a week when I worked in Paddington. I think they’re renovating the building. I assume it won’t be back unless anyone knows any better? Here’s hoping.

Jul 02, 2015
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Cambridge and London June 2015 Report - 3 of 3

I've had breakfast at the Chiltern Firehouse and the food was lovely and it's a great space. However I also experienced issues with the service. The staff outnumbered the diners yet they tried to bring our table someone else's order not once but three times. The staff were very sweet and it was funny the first time, less so the final time. I could understand it if they were understaffed and rushed off their feet.

Jul 02, 2015
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I need opinions

You might be better posting this on the UK board. A similar question was asked quite recently. Admittedly by a Canadian but it should help.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1015429

Jul 02, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

It’s financial year end at work and we have the auditors in at the moment and they do ask some silly questions. Also 34c and very muggy in London at the mo, not a pleasant journey home. However came home to beers ready in the freezer and the missus cooking a roast tomato , spinach and smoked sausage frittata , with ricotta mixed with black pepper and lemon zest and gem lettuce on the side. Happy days.

Good ideas/recipes for ground beef

This is a recipe for fish fragrant pork with aubergine. I have though made it successfully with beef mince instead.

http://www.foodnetwork.co.uk/recipes/...

Jul 01, 2015
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Last night was a sausage ragu with red wine, fennel pollen and tomatoes served with millerighe pasta.
For tonight stir fry. I picked up a couple of pork loin chops. I sliced them and then made a dry rub of fennel seeds, Sichuan peppercorns and powdered ginger. Various veggies.Made a use up stuff in the cupboard sauce of : honey, fish sauce, kecap manis, Shaoxing wine, black vinegar a little chilli ketchup and mushroom ketchup. Will serve with flat rice noodles.

German food

Sounds like curry wurst to me.

Jun 12, 2015
Paprikaboy in Europe

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

A pint of bitter with corned beef hash is sage advice. In fact that's exactly what I had (Harvey's best bitter) the last time I had corned beef while walking in West Sussex. A very good match.

Jun 12, 2015
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What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Last night was a veg stir fry with mussels. They were cheaper then chicken and already cooked so a great time saver.Despite 25 yrs of seasoning my wok every time I uses it and no washing up liquid to clean the stir fry noodles still stuck. Must remember not to buy them again.

Tonight is pan fried scallops with a cockle butter. Asparagus, baby carrots broad beans and peas to go with. Also bought a bottle of Chapel Down Flint Dry white wine. It's a little bit shameful that after all these years it's the first bottle of English wine I've bought. Though in my defence it's the first time I've seen it for under a tenner a bottle.

Chez Emile- Toulouse

We were downstairs outside. It was a lovely spot as well as a lovely meal.

Jun 11, 2015
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Ten amazing British cheeses to try before you die

It's British cheese week this week. I've only tried 2 on this list but they all look good and I'll be seeking them out.

Food Photography - Show us your best Food Porn Pics

Crab and fennel on discs of potato.

Jun 10, 2015
Paprikaboy in Food Media & News

Chez Emile- Toulouse

I spent a couple of days in Toulouse as part of a longer trip. Unfortunately my lap top’s on the blink but I saved this on my work computer, so may as well post this now.

I must thank Mr Talbott for this rec on another thread. This is the point at which the missus forgave me for spending too much time on Chowhound.

Good Kir Royals , bread and olives set the scene for what was a superb meal. I started with ravioli of foie gras with cep sauce. Some of the lightest pasta I’ve ever eaten encasing rich foie gras. The accompanying sauce was light yet earthy with ceps. The missus chose crab and fennel on discs of potatoes, a really light and cleansing dish. For my main, brochette of pigeon , lightly spiced (mainly cumin I think. These were perfectly pink and came with a confit of the legs and polenta chips. I would have been more than happy to have had the dish across the table. Perfectly cooked turbot on a very well executed chorizo and lemon risotto with bok choi. Can’t recall the sauce exactly but it was a light creamy sauce which was very enjoyable.

Dessert for her was chocolate fondant with blood orange ice cream. This was declared delicious (and she cooks a mean fondant ,so this is praise indeed) and the tart ice cream was a good foil. I chose the raspberry macaron , filled with lemon panna cotta and raspberry coulis. The orange and hibiscus ice cream that accompanied it was soft and delicately fragrant. My only tiny gripe (and I am being very picky here) is that given the size of the macaron I could have done with more ice cream. A serviceable bottle of Chardonnay and a wonderful glass of Bordeaux for my main course (neglected to note the name) for drinks with the meal. Service was crisp and all in all the best meal of the trip by a country mile.

Chez Emile
Place Saint-Georges, 31000 Toulouse, France

Jun 10, 2015
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