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A few Chinese places in London

Hong Kong City - the Old Kent rd - New Cross End.
Massive place packed on sundays for Dim sum - much better & cheaper than chinatown, Impeccable simple cantonese in the evenings.
London's best ( not trying to be fancy) chinese

Feb 22, 2008
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[Manchester] Trafford Centre - lunches at the mall

yeah Tampopo is defo the choice to eat at the TC.
Try the real Vietnamese coffee there.

Feb 22, 2008
bunbohue in U.K./Ireland

Traditional Tet caramelised pork braised in coconut juice with duck egg

Feb 07, 2008
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Vietnamese Picked Pigs Ears

Feb 07, 2008
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The British Are Coming!

The British are about 20 years behind California or Australia in food. Very slow to catch on to anything new, they think that they are at the cutting edge! There are a few of the aformentioned show-pony chefs with their very overpriced restaurants with an elaborate french or italian rendering of British food, but most of the food there is boil in bag catering or Marks & Spencers ready meals. Food is just another fad for conspicuous consumption.
Caffe latte is still a new & exciting drink in the UK.

Feb 04, 2008
bunbohue in Features

The Chardonnay Conundrum

California makes some great Chardonnay, as it does Cab Sauv, Merlot & Zinfandel. Isn't it important to make Californian wine, not imitation Burgundy or Bordeaux? Yes winemakers should ignore the short term commercial imperative & try to produce elegant well balanced and long lasting wines that develop.
It seems to me that Mr Mckay has a hard-on for the wines of Meursault. That is to ignore the rest of the huge spectrum of white burgundy - from the steely austerity of Chablis, to the quintessential Chardonnay of Puligny Montrachet, not just the opulent wines of Meursault.

Feb 04, 2008
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Tony Bourdain Would Pimp for Prada

Hey Daddy tell me it ain't so!

Dec 15, 2007
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Tony Bourdain Would Pimp for Prada

I used to think Bourdain was great, & he turned me on to a few good things, in this interview he just seems like a self obsessed, conceited c**t. Yu aint no fun any more go & write another poxy book AB!

Dec 15, 2007
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Eating Hot Dogs in Hanoi

I've been a regular visitor to Vietnam & find that there is such a fantastic range of orthodox foods - particularly fish and seafood, as well as poultry, pork & beef - that there really isn't any reason to need to eat dog meat. I can understand it if there was a shortage of other foods - but there isn't!
I guess that the Viets love the taste - just as they love Trung Vit Lon - duck embryos - not for me though

Oct 11, 2007
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The Allure of Cheap Wine

I spent nearly a decade living & working in the Australian wine industry, like yourself I am sick of the homogonous international style of wine - overripe, new oak high alcohol.
I became so jaded with 'new world wine' I actually quit my wine career ( after 15 years in the trade, winemaking & viticulture).
I subsequently moved back to Europe where I now enjoy drinking wine again- mostly cheap ($6-7) Italians & cab franc Loire red.
Lower alcohol wines that I can drink everyday & enjoy with food without having to think about it too much. Thank God!

Oct 02, 2007
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New Tayyabs vs Lahore Kebab House

just been to the Lahore for lunch & am fairly disappointed. Prices had gone up a lot in the new location. £3 for a lassi etc. the food was quite bland & to be honest only average curry house quality. Tayyabs was closed for Ramadan at lunch time.
We regularly eat at Tayyabs and find it excellent generally apart from the over liberal use of ghee. the atmosphere is great - high speed service and slightly theatrical though very friendly. I think that Tayyabs have taken Punjabi style food to a new level.
Lahore is dull in comparison.

Sep 19, 2007
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Southeast Asian Sweet Coffee

John
there is always a demand for the cheapest in all products. Vietnam seems to excell at this, that is not to say that there are not excellent coffees produced there, also that very little of the quality production is exported.

Sep 11, 2007
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New Tayyabs vs Lahore Kebab House

Where is Mai'da? sounds great....i'm a big Tayyabs fan but it'd be great to try something new..

Sep 09, 2007
bunbohue in U.K./Ireland

Southeast Asian Sweet Coffee

The best & traditional way to make Ca Phe Sua Da (iced coffee with milk) is to use the Vietnamese espresso filter. To get best results use a lot of coffee - 20g or so/3or4 heaped tsp, put the screen on top of the ground coffee, & add a small slug of boiling water and wait till it is absorbed for a few seconds. This will swell the grounds and facilitate a slow regular drip - making an intense and viscous coffee.
Fill a tall highball glass with well crushed ice, add condensed milk to the espresso and beat vigorously with a long spoon
before pouring onto the ice. Serve with a slug of black coffee on the top for attractive colour contrast, with a drinking straw & long spoon to stir & mix with.
Ca Phe Den Da (black Iced Coffee) is made mixing sugar -1-2 spoons with espresso before adding to ice.
In Vietnam milky coffee is generally a ladies drink, & black for men!
It is important to use a Vietnam roasted coffee as other coffees do not have the rich, chocolatey & nutty characters that make the Vietnamese Iced Coffee so special & unique.

Sep 09, 2007
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London's New Night Market

I think that a lot of foods at the night market are very good value.
giant bratwurst, organic hamburgers are 3.50 ( not west end prices-not much more than Macca's filth) also great ethnic offerings from Gujurati Rasoi, Jollof Pot, real Salt Beef, not to mention fantastic real Vietnamese Coffee from Ca phe Vietnam
from 1.50-2.00 for triple serves.
Yes there is some expensive stuff - ie cheese, meat , organic veg
but it is quality that you are paying for from some of the most best & most innovative food businesses in the UK.
I reckon that people should check out the truth before being judgmental - truth - stores like Waitrose are a rip off - support small business not supermarkets - more choice more quality.

Aug 16, 2007
bunbohue in Features

Great Espresso on the Cheap

Try using a Vietnamese coffee filter, good ones are stainless with 2 screens- the coffee drips direct into the cup.
With practice you can make espresso that makes Ristretto look whimpy. You only need boiling water -and are easy to clean & carry .also only cost from £2.00
Ca Phe Vietnam & the Algerian Coffee Stores sell them
www.caphevn.co.uk

Mar 25, 2007
bunbohue in Features