Yuuup, I have decided to dedicate a whole entire post to gush about how fabalocious London Chinatown was!
It was so amazing and the food was just unreal. I literally felt like I was in Hong Kong. What was fun was also seeing restaurants like Feng Shui Inn and HK diner after seeing numerous of their advertisements on the Chinese Channel. Do you guys know which ones I'm on about?
I ate like a whale...no joke. I'm even proud of it, wth. I haven't had mango sago since HK 2011 so when I found a Candy Cafe which sells all the typical Asian desserts I was ecstatic. Sigh even thinking back makes me smile.
From L-R: Ddukbokki from Corean Chilli~ The place was totally overpriced and the ddukbokki tasted old. I don't recommend!~~ Ding Dong cake!~~Mango Sago from Candy Cafe~~~ Lots of snacks on sale *_*
It was quite funny because we went to Candy Cafe for literally fifteen minutes, order, eat, photo, go. In the cafe was just us and a group of HK guys. Since Eunhye is Korean American, I was speaking English to her but the HK guys I assumed didn't think we could speak canto...but, since they were sitting so close....I could understand EVERYTHING. Muhaha. It was just funny cos they were saying how cute we were and how one of them should come speak to us. Loool. *cringe. Then when we were leaving, one was like in canto obvs:' Aiyaah, they're leaving aah! GO go' Hahah. Funny guys. #loveisintheair I decided to thank the waitress at the end in canto for funsies. Their reactions....hahha. *facepalm
Ze Candy Cafe menu
Candy Cafe~ We shared a mango sago and a taro milk. We cringe a little about how stereotypically Asian we were taking selcas with our food, but we love it really.
Outside, there was a stall selling these HK egg waffles too! *Squeaaal. SO yummy, not as good as the ones in HK ofcoz but still delicious!
We came across a cute little cafe called Patisserie Valerie. I've seen this cafe in France before so I think it's a pretty big chain. We went inside for a quick break and had a slice of cake with a cup of tea. ^^ Very British eh? The cakes are decorated so well, very pretty. Definitely worth trying if you're passing the area. ^^
One of the highlights for me in London was seeing my twinnnie Shirl! In HK, people were always asking if we were sisters. Maybe it' cos we're both very tall Asians or the smile?! But very weirdly, this is the first time I've seen her in the UK. Normally it's in HK. We were laughing about how we never see each other in 'normal' weather. Either freezing in London or burning in HK. Haha.
We went yum cha which was the best. Eunhye is a veggie so I felt bad dragging her to the HK restaurants where maybe there were less vegetarian options. She got freaked out by all the roast ducks etc hanging on many of the restaurant windows too. So I grasped hold of the opportunity to go meat crazy with Shirl when I was eating with her. haha
Example of the hanging meat, Ok I guess it would look quite disturbing to a vegetarian! Maybe it's because I've seen it before in Hong Kong that I'm not afraid of it? Is it bad I think the roast duck looks yummy?
In Chinatown we knew we had to take sticky photos. Kinda tradition for us. Pirakura cost £12 O_o Wuuuut. SO as cheapskates, we went for the cheapest one which was £5 and below is the result. We were thrust into a shower sized booth and were given a poorly coloured set of photos. Haha. #yolo
Trying to recreate some of the most iconic Asian poses. ^_~ What you can't see is how much we were crouching down to fit into the screen. Squat!! *huh
I drank so much bubble tea I actually got quite sick of it at the end. hahah. Is that even possible?! I went to one shop in Notting Hill called Bubbleology and thought the packaging was extra cute. The taste was pretty average though. Not as good as the one in Chinatown!
Some of the cakes and buns I bought from Chinatown. Bor lor bao and Lai yau bao are my fave! What's yours?!
Is there a Chinatown close to you? What is your favourite cake from the bakery? ^^