A Long Hot Weekend β˜€οΈπŸ”₯

For those of you in the south of England like me, you would know that we have been hit by a massive heatwave πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ (red warning alert! 🚨) With Monday and Tuesday forecasted to be the hottest days ever, I am so glad that my workplace has decided to switch to remote working for the two days (like come on, we don’t even have air con!!), which means I also got a β€œsort of” 4-day long weekend as I head into my final week in London! πŸ˜‰ My work colleagues have been so nice doing leaving-dos with me going bowling and meals for two days in a row, which means I only got some alone time until Sunday and I sure kept my day busy that day!

On Sunday, despite a massive broke down in the Central line, I managed to cross back to the other side of London via the overground visiting the Van Gogh exhibition I have been wanting to see for weeks. (Like literally it’s popping up every other day on my Instagram lol! πŸ˜‚)

The signature sunflowers marking the the entrance
Van Gogh
The famous Starry Night at the top
CafΓ© Terrace at Night – always get a sense of nostalgia seeing this painting as we used to have one back in my old family home
And of course the Sunflowers! 🌻 🌻

I was so surprised when I learnt that Van Gogh has been heavily inspired by Japanese culture (a favourite of mine!) Moreover, it was so amazing to see many of his arts brought into 3–D form.

Wasn’t sure if it was a geisha or a mermaid lolπŸ˜‚
A 3-D replica of Van Gogh’s bedroom
Going back in time πŸ•°
Can you tell this is 3D?

I then also had a play around in the colouring room! 🎨 πŸ˜‚

Everyone is showcasing their skills here hehe!
How does my colouring skills look? πŸ˜‚

And finally into the Immersive Room watching the show as the amazing arts are projected live in the giant room. Here are some of my favourite snapshots!

Swallowed by the big waves! 🌊 🌊
Such beautiful night sky! 😍✨✨
Ambushed by sunflowers haha! πŸ˜‚

After the exhibition, I spent more time exploring the hipster neighbourhood of Shoreditch and the famous Brick Lane, and ended up eating lots of street food. (Was supposed to cut down a bit but I got so tempted! πŸ˜‚)

Yay Shoreditch!
Wow! Curry fish balls from my childhood – and so nice to pump into some fellow Hong Kongers running a stall here! πŸ˜‚ πŸ‘
Cheeeesy corn dog! πŸ§€ πŸ§€ πŸ§€

And after 5 years in London, I finally got around visiting to the famous Brick Lane Beigel Bake! Worth the wait though! (A massive chunk of salt beef covered with gherkins and mustard- what’s not to love? πŸ˜‚)

Very busy inside the store – but the queue moved really quick thank goodness! (Wasn’t sure how long I could bear standing in the sun!)
The world famous salt beef bagel. Look at the size of the meat! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ (And now I am already craving to come back for another one!)

After a rather lazy day on Monday shading away from the heat, I eventually managed to brave the heat in the evening to see the new Minions movie! πŸŽ₯ 🍿 Such a cute and whole movie, have you seen it yet?

The Joy of Eating Outside Again πŸ˜‚

Hope everyone has been enjoying their weekend! In London, we are certainly blessed with some glorious weather in the past week! β˜€οΈ β˜€οΈ As my holiday is coming to an end soon, I had a look back to some of the food I have eaten in the past weeks as lockdown eased in the city… πŸ˜‚

Hopefully it’s not too much haha… πŸ€«πŸ˜‚ (In particular, I have really missed visiting food markets.) Nonetheless, it’s just been so nice to be outdoor again and meeting people just like before.πŸ™‚ By no means am I taking these things for granted now, so you just have to enjoy life a day at a time! πŸ˜‰

Let’s hope this joy continues!

Summer Is the Season of Food!

Have you heard that it’s common for one to lose their appetite in the summer? I sometimes wonder if is it really to do with the heat, or people are careful about watching their beach bodies? Either way, the heat wave today didn’t seem to have affected my appetite at all (though it did change my diet to mainly compose of cold drinks and ice creams…🍹🍦🍧🍨) So, today, I paid a visit to Bao in London Soho.

Their Signature Classic Bao with Braised Pork, Peanut Powder and Coriander

I was introduced to this place by a friend of mine two years ago. It is quite well known in the city and this particular branch I visited usually have a long queue outside (especially in the evening), so I was quite lucky today that I managed to get straight inside without waiting. The restaurant is known for serving Taiwanese street food with some old classic dishes and some with a modern twist.

I’ve come here a few times before and I must say the food is delicious. Though a warning to big eaters like me, because the dishes are small, you might get carried away ordering too much and ended up with an expensive bill! πŸ˜… (The place does offer Β£90 to order everything on the menu. Feel free to give it a try haha!) Their signature classic bao did not disappoint as the bread bun was soft and fitted perfectly with the rich, tender pork filling.

Guinea Fowl Rice

The second dish I ordered was the guinea fowl rice. It was recommended to mix the rice and the toppings together before eating. It was a simple dish but one that very much reminded me of home. The guinea fowl was tender and the yolk brought the life to this dish.

Fried Pig Trotter Nuggets and Pig Blood Cake, a Taiwanese Classic

Next were two of my favourites here. πŸ˜‹ The fried pig trotter nuggets were crispy on the outside but very juicy on the inside. Pig trotters are often considered cheap meats, but it is enjoyed in many Asian cuisines. Now, I am actually not a fan of pig trotters (despite being loved by many in my family), but this modern spin is one definitely not to be missed by me, especially when paired with the green chilli sauce.

On the other hand, pig blood cake is a very traditional, classic Taiwanese street food. The reason I love this dish so much is because it reminds me of my time growing up eating pig blood curd in Hong Kong, and also when I used to have black puddings for breakfast whilst I was living in Scotland. The rich, savouriness of the pig blood mixed with the sticky rice and cured egg yolk might not be one for everyone, but it certainly ticked a lot of my boxes. πŸ˜‰

Have you also tried Taiwanese food before? Let me know about any thoughts you have in the comments! 😊