Are you scared?

It’s nearly Halloween! Celebrations are well under way as a few of my friends are dressing up for some parties this weekend. Just a couple of days ago, I was invited to Creepycakes event organised by Google+ Local. The event was described as ‘spooky high tea with a halloween twist‘.

As I love to bake, I was very excited to see what was in store for us. In my head, I envisaged spiders, pumpkins, witches hats… but when we got to Google Headquarters, the first thing I saw was ‘smoked cigarettes’ in an ashtray. They looked so real but I had a bite and it was actually cake!

Miss Cakehead was the brains behind the horrifying treats presented to us. It was a sneak preview to EAT YOUR HEART OUT – which is happening this weekend October 26-28th at St Bart’s Pathology Museum.

What followed were tastings of these ‘bad-taste cakes’ and we were in awe of the variety of gruesome baking.

It was a great evening where we devoured ‘phlegm’ (aka clotted cream) and ‘scab’ scones and even a ‘brain’ made out of marshmallow.

For those who are looking for some inspiration this halloween weekend, why not pop down to EAT YOUR HEART OUT and check out these amazing baked goods… You might not be able to differentiate between the real and the imitation! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

St Bart’s Pathology Museum
3rd Floor Robin Brook Centre
St Bart’s Hospital
West Smithfield
London
EC1A 7BE

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A lunch at Bread Street Kitchen

With only less than two months away before my weddings in Singapore and Australia, it is getting busy and is partly the reason why this blog has been put on the back burner at the moment. The other Dishpiglet has just returned from her two months long trip and will soon be blogging from the other side of the world… i.e. Australia as she is heading back home.

Recently, we celebrated my friend’s 29th birthday and as a surprise, we decided to take her for a nice lunch at Bread Street Kitchen. Situated at One New Change, across St Paul’s Cathedral, it was a short walk from where we work. I have never been to a Gordon Ramsay joint… besides the Warrington in Maida Vale for a few pints. Bread Street Kitchen was a delight when we walked in… The decor was immaculate. Walking up the three flights or so of stairs, the concept of ‘industrial glamour’ came through with the black and gold. For those who are interested, BSK is designed by Emulsion architects alongside interior designer Russell Sage Studios.

When we walked into the restaurant area, the high ceiling and the well decked out restaurant area oozes appeal. The massive area which seats about 300 is broken down into smaller areas to reduce the sheer scale of the space. We were seated near the bar area and quickly got into deciding what to have for our lunch. Having read Guan’s BSK post, I was keen to try the slow-roasted pork belly with apple sauce. Priced at £17, it does not come with a side dish and I ordered a side of runner beans with rosemary.

Warm bread was served before our lunch arrived and it was quite a delight with the butter.

As I didn’t try my friends’ dishes, I can only comment on my main. The pork belly was crispy albeit a little too tough and chewy on the thicker edges. The meat was soft and tender but it was a shame that the apple sauce was quite plain and didn’t deliver. Definitely not the best pork belly that I have tried. I did not like my side as it tasted a little bitter. Overall, it was still a pleasant lunch but I was expecting a little more.

The bill came up to about £90 for four of us and we only had mains and shared half a carafe of white wine amongst us. I have been back since to have drinks with a friend and the atmosphere of the bar is great. I am sure that I will be back to try other dishes but it will not be a regular lunch out at BSK for me as it’s a little hefty on the price tag.

Dishpiglets’ rating: 7.5/10

Bread Street Kitchen
10 Bread Street
London, EC4M 9AJ
+4420 3030 4050

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Mama Lan at Brixton

The gorgeous weather saw us travelling down south to Brixton. It was my third trip there and we didn’t really have an agenda. The bright sun had many out on the streets and once we emerged from the Brixton tube, it was the usual craziness. I love the markets here, the people and the music. It feels like I’m transported to another place.

As we were a little early for dinner, we headed to a local pub called Hootananny.
Everyone was sitting in the big courtyard enjoying the sunshine and beer. A rather cool place to hang out on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

When dinner time came, we headed to Brixton village market. A part of me knew that I wanted to have Kao Sarn. Afterall, we did travel from up north down to south of the river! The other part of me wanted to try some dumplings out at Mama Lan’s. We walked around and there were just way too many choices. In the end, we decided to go with Mama Lan.

After browsing through the simple menu, We ordered spicy chicken noodle (ban mein), boiled prawn dumplings and pork and chinese leaf fried dumplings aka Guo tie 鍋貼… I also got the Mama Lan’s specially brewed tea of chrysanthemum and goji berries.

When the dumplings came, it wasn’t the usual big huge plate of greasy oily dumplings we often get back in Melbourne…
Instead, there were only 5 moderate sized dumplings per plate. We knew that we were getting only 5 from the menu so we shouldn’t be complaining. Afterall, it’s London! I did hear that at Mama Lan’s, they source their meat from The Ginger Pig.

What we tasted were juicy meat fillings when we bit into them. I only wished that they were slightly more generous with their fillings. Between the boiled and the fried dumplings, I prefered the fried option. The contrasting texture of the slightly charred dumpling skin and the well-steamed dumpling was the perfect combination.

The spicy chicken noodles was really well presented and nicely spiced. It was not too spicy for my tastebuds though it was lacking a little in the flavour.

The bill came up to about £20++ for two of us including a beer. It was a cheap dinner but a part of me was left a little unsatisfied.

Dishpiglets’ rating: 7/10

Mama Lan
Unit 18
Brixton Village Market
SW9

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