yesterday i was treated to a noodle meal.

27 Apr

london monday 2015

my friend gave me a treat yesterday. it was a sunday and the london marathon was on, and i met john in leicester square, which was not busy thank goodness. even then he managed to sit somewhere else and if not for the mobile phone i would not have known.

the mobile phone is really useful like the other day when he arrived at waterloo. he was late, but did not text me so i thought he had come and gone. all my phone calls were unanswered, the first one going to his answering machine.  and so i text him after waiting 30mins to let him know i am going home.

on the way outside the station i thought i shall ring him one more time, and to by pass his answering machine i stopped my phone after 4rings. for a wonder, he rang back, and told me he had not heard my other calls as his phone was in his rucksack which he had put on the top luggage rack. he should have called or text me to inform me his train was late, but still, i am glad we did meet in the end. 

well this treat was to a noodle shop nearby leicester square station, on the road going towards covent gdn. it is a tiny shop, and when we approached, we saw oh no, a group of 4adults with a baby in pram , trying to get in the narrow doorway.

fortunately, we got two seats on one of the two benches on the ground floor. the group with the pram went downstairs leaving the pram on top of the stairs.

i read reviews of this place praising the pho, and saying they make their own noodles. but i saw how big the bowl was by looking at the other customers, and decided it will be too hot to have the noodles, so i ordered the fried beef stew noodles instead, and john followed me. it cost £6.90, as opposed to the £6.50 of the soup version.

it came with a huge amount of noodles, some veg, and lots of beef, very tender and are like shank beef. at first glance you would think it is a lot, how to finish it!

there was a pot of chili on the bench, and it was really nice hot chilli. u have to be sparing with it, i got into a coughing fit from it at one stage.

there is a lot of food, and quite nice to have these thick noodles cooked al dente, something u dont get with chinese noodles usually. it is because these are hand made on the spot, and it is something new to me.  i managed to eat them all at record time. haha. 

as did the guy who came later with his girl friend. he ordered the same dish but with flat noodles, and he finished it before me, even though he came much later than us and ordered much later. i thought i was a fast eater, but he is king. i had thought of getting the flat noodles but am glad i did not as i think they are not hand made. the round noodles (called la mien is hand made).

there were two other women eating the soup noodles, during the course of our stay there. both did not finish their meal and left with uneaten portions in the bowl,.

what a waste!. oneof them even ordered two dishes, one soup noodle and another dried noodles dish of glass noddles and sausage -like. they were sliced and look like  paste in sausage skin. she ate all the soup noodles but left a substantial part of the dried noodle dish.

we had cups of chinese tea, nothing special, just tea bags with hot water. later we asked for hot water refills and got them, not sure if they charge extra for that, as john paid and i did not ask how much. thanks to him for the treat.

i was undecided whether to chose to eat duck rice or this, when john said he will treat me to lunch, but i see later that another customer was eating duck rice , so they have that too, though i did not see it in the menu.

the person who recommended the cafe said the noodles are the ones to go for as it is made on the premises. and indeed, on the way out i saw this man next to the till, making the noodles by hand. i am always wondering how u can make them, and this video i googled when i got back shows me how. it seems very easy. hand pulled noodles he shows how to pull the noodles by hand around the 4.44min mark

though i confess it is really much easier to just buy the dried noodles. if u want to make fresh noodles by hand,  the dough takes some time to prepare. i guess u can always make a lot before hand and freeze it , but it still means unfreezing it…

anyway i enjoyed my treat. next time someone gives me a treat i shall go for the duck rice but not at this noodle place.

so far i could not find any duck rice place that is recommended for me. in the past i go to a place in chinatown which just serves duck rice and nothing else but that place has shut down ages ago. or maybe i shall just buy half a duck for £8 and eat it at home. added.25.5.15 the price has gone up to £10.50 for half duck. 

we went for a stroll in covent gdn, and see the performance artists there. john said he was there earlier whilst waiting for our appointment time to come, and  he was quite tempted to sit at the tables under the covent gdn building drinking wine and watching the quartet playing their string instruments and hawking their cd for £10, or accepting cash donations .

it was a bit cold so i am not so tempted, but if i were to be, i would prefer to have something hot, and there was a couple having tea, with pots and cake stands on one of the tables, and that is more what i fancy. haha.

the buses were disrupted, and the roads were jammed, because of the london marathon, even though it was about 4pm, u would think the marathon would be finished by now, but not so.

so i said lets walk across the river over the millenium bridge. and we saw runners still straggling under the bridge to parliament square.

yet plenty of people must have finished the race because when we were walking towards trafalgar square,  we saw loads of runners having finished and wearing their medal round their neck walking towards us and we saw a huge crowd under admiralty arch, all coming from the finish at greenpark; the medal  looks like a pewter medal. or something that looks like tin. and we could see some of the people have this reflective wrap round them and some were wearing shorts … some of them looking really ill…strange why they dont put on warm clothes after their run.

i think it a silly thing to do , i mean not putting on warm clothes after the run, but also running itself; if u want to give to charity why not just give, and not have to put yourself through all this hardship?? but then what do i know??? i am sure there is something i dont know, that knowing it will explain this behaviour. haha.

on the millenium bridge, there were two large groups of people surrounding these guys playing the hide the object gamble. he shifts it under three pots and u are supposed to chose the pot with the object under it.

one guy got so carried away we saw him hand over £50, and lost it. these guys doing the game were holding £20 notes. i thought wow is it so lucrative that these people are able to hold bundles of £20 notes just like that. i thought people would gamble  £1 stakes or so… but the fact they were holding fistfull of £20 notes suggest the stakes are high.

and you would think how can anyone be so gullible to fall for it, but we saw with our own eyes this young guy falling for it. £50!!!he had his friend with him. and they both walked off quickly after losing the £50. john told me that the con man was urging him to bet £60.

john  tells me they have a stooge who would win and get handed a lot of money. that fools the gullible guys to play.

i said the strategy may be to change your choice if the guy is so eager. pick another pot. haha.but u still have  two other pots to chose and u might pick the wrong one… of course the best strategy is not to play at all. period.

we saw some really nice shorts in the window in floral street, and they look so nice,with water scenes of the mediterranean printed on them.

 i guessed they will be £150, so john went in to ask and they turned out to be £225. well, we were wrong on the price. but the shop lady was real nice and friendly ( she even complimented john on his pants, and asked if he bought it at their shop. haha. she is real nice, as i said, heehee and knows how to flatter. haha. john told me he told her he bought them for a pittance at a charity shop.) i am sure she knows we are not buyers but still willing to chat with us. 

and we were able to see the shorts up close and feel it and she told us more about it. its made of polyester, and double as swim shorts. if u got lots of money and want to spend it, because after all, what is the point of having lots of money if u cannot find frivolous things to spend it on, right? ( i hear that south korea rich people dont liek living there because there is nothing to spend their money on haha) these shorts will be just up your street. haha.

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7 Responses to “yesterday i was treated to a noodle meal.”

  1. Garfield Hug Monday April 27, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    Glad you had a fun day out! Duck costs lesser than us here. Ours cost as much as $50 at a hawker stall and $120 in a restaurant! Years ago in Bayswater or the next station Queens something I forget…maybe Queenway or something, there was a chinese restaurant called Lee How Fook owned by Hong Konger! Great char siew and roast meats including duck! Unsure if it still exists.

    • alifesgayventure Monday April 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

      i am glad i lived when duck costs so much less, and more delicious too than what we get now. the duck was more meaty, and also the sauce that came with it was heaven. nowadays there is no sauce anymore, just soya sauce.
      i am glad i ate out and spend money then. i can look back and relish the memories.
      i know nowadays i am very frugal, and dont eat out much, but that is because i remember those days when things are so much cheaper and so much more delicious.
      but i think for those living and growing up now, it is just as important to spend money if u can and enjoy such treats. you too will then look back 50yrs from now and enjoy the times when duck costs $50 when it might be $300 in future. or maybe go to malaysia and try the duck there i am sure it is much cheaper in malaysia, and perhaps more delicious too. haha

      • Garfield Hug Monday April 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

        I am sure Malaysia would be much much cheaper. At last check MYR is sold at $2.57 to SGD1. Imagine Big Mac costs the same in Malaysia and us except yours is in MYR and mine in SGD! Cheap!! I enjoy using the Big Mac Index to check currency ratios

      • alifesgayventure Monday April 27, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

        my family home is in petaling jaya, near sungei way, and things are cheaper there unlike in kl city itself, so maybe in singapore if u go to the housing estates, outside the centre of singapore city, things will be cheaper too. i am sure duck rice can still be had in those areas, for $6-7. here duck rice in chinatown is about £7. i noticed that in any city, the way they price things, the number is the same but in the local currency. it is a general rule, though there are exceptions.

  2. Garfield Hug Monday April 27, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

    I think it is Lee Ho Fook. Great food

    • alifesgayventure Monday April 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      yes, it was, but it is no more. people keep saying the good old days. i used to think it is just old people saying it… but now i am old and i am saying it because it is true. such days do not come again. the worst thing is when i was living those days then i never appreciated it or realised that one day it will disappear forever.

      • Garfield Hug Monday April 27, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

        How sad! True…we never appreciate things till it is gone isn’t it. Good you are out tasting new eateries. I enjoy reading your food ones 😊

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