3 Nov

london 8.45pm 10.1C night dry saturday 2018

i am now seeing more of the others who go to freebies as a hobby.

the two chinese malaysian ladies, steve and his wife.

today steve and the chinese malaysians were at the free doughnut given out by a veggie vietnamese popup in shoreditch box park. this is a set of ships containers that have been adapted to hold food stalls. this new place do baos, but all vegetarian. they are called eat chay… steve was saying chay is vietnamese for vegetables. then i remembered the chinese for vegetables is chai so it sounds an appropriate name. then steve asked me how is it different from chai, which is tea.

that made me pause, got me thinking…yes, come to think of it, how is it different? i think it is the tone. chai for vegetables, is even in tone. but chai for tea is sharp … right? i must say i am tone deaf that is why i have difficulty speaking chinese.

but i am a bit disappointed at the freebie. it is a ring doughnut with a vietnamese coffee topping. or that was what steve said, otherwise i would not have guessed that topping was any special. it was sweet that is all it tasted of to me. i thought we get a box of it. they had said a box , but it turned out that one doughnut was placed inside a small box. haha. so technically they are telling the truth. if i had known it was just one, i would not have bothered going . haha. but also it is strange to get a doughnut, when the place do not have doughnut on its menu. 

steve told me his wife was not there but waiting for the amazon giveaway in covent garden. he said last time he went to one of theirs they got a box of organic vegetables. after getting our doughnut, for which we have to wait till 12pm instead of 11am as advertised…though steve ask for another one for his wife and they gave it to him.  we went to covent garden to meet the wife. but we found out that you have to have a smart phone app from amazon, and since i dont have a smartphone i have to leave the queue. luckily, his wife mentioned that i have to have the app… so  at least i did not have to wait and then find out. his wife had allready got hers, and it was some kind of eraser. its a lucky dip and u pick the number. does not seem worth the bother to queue. so i left and came home. i think i would have liked if we got a free bao or something like that at that eat chay. 

anyway, i came back and ate a char kuey teoh that i cooked yesterday . very delicious it was too. ah well, that is how some of us spend our days. haha. going to freebies and thinking of food. it is something to while away the time and it seems a chance to meet up and chat to friends which we make who are also doing the same thing. so that is something we all have in common.

talking of bao, or pao, as we chinese call it, the chinese ladies were talking of the paos we can buy in chinatown. tai pao, they said. usually frozen , there are fresh ones to be had, road side stalls selling freshly steamed paos, used to be £1.50, then going up to now £2.50 each. they are very salty unfortunately. that is what always disappoint me whenever i buy them.  food is one thing we all never get tired of , either thinking of it, or eating it. 

 

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  1. Garfield Hug Sunday November 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

    Try buying Khong Guan frozen baos. I do remember Chinese grocery shops or supermarkets selling them. Another good brand is “Chinatown” – hope you get to buy some. More suited for Singaporean/Malaysian palate.😃

    • alifesgayventure Sunday November 4, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

      here in uk, there are no brands that are well known for making frozen paos. we just buy what we can get, and the cheaper the better. haha.in fact i dont recall seeing any brand name on the frozen paos being sold here, or maybe they are all written in chinese so i wont notice. malaysia and singapore’s tai pao and char siew paos are really full of filling, unlike here, where most of it is dough. (another reason why i dont bother to buy them)i think that is because most if not all of the frozen paos come from china. there are not enough of us malaysians here in uk who are willing to pay more for malaysian paos,

      • Garfield Hug Sunday November 4, 2018 at 3:17 pm #

        I tried those China ones. Alot of bun and salty pork. I hope you come across Khong Guan brand. The lian rong, red bean and char siew is 👍👍😃

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