Polaroids taken on my birthday

Birthday Shinanigans 2015

For my birthday this year I spent a whole week celebrating. I literally had cake starting from Monday through to Sunday… Unbelievable! My birthday landed on hump day (25th Nov) and thus I invited a few people to dinner for some yummy soupy noodles 😁

The birthday dinner gang
The birthday dinner gang

I wanted to go try out a new place in Chinatown called Viet Food but they had a large booking already and couldn’t accommodate us. I was their recommend Cay Tre in soho who had space. Most of us ordered Pho and others Bun. I had the Hanoi Garlicky Beef Pho which was spey yummy and actually had more flavour in the base than other pho I had in the past. The stock wasn’t oily at all and was bold. I really enjoyed it! The beef was tender and not so chewy. The noodles were delicious! Small thin straps that broke apart as you chew. Mmmmmm!
BBQ Pork Loin with Vermicelli
BBQ Pork Loin with Vermicelli

More bun
More bun

Hanoi Beef Pho
Hanoi Beef Pho

My friend also ordered Ox cheek which melted in you mouth. The meat was so soft! I guess it’s similar to a fish’s cheek which is the softest part of the meat.

Afterwards there was cake! (thank you Dee & Gen 💕) I could not believe the size of it! There was so much fruit covering the beautiful sponge. I love Chinese cream cakes, they da best!

Birthday girl
I loved my cake! There was so much fruit on/in it!

Once food was chowed down, some of us headed to the arcade and others went home, tired from a long days work. We played the usual Pump It Up machine and Taiko Drums. I haven’t been in so long I feel rusty… I’m able to play level 10 songs on PIP ok so I may stay challenging myself to level 12/13s next 😁 For taiko, I didn’t know to many of the songs but I remember playing it on the wii(?). The arcade version is rather hard drive you had to almost smash the drum, causing my hands to cramp up after playing. It huuuurt! But was fun 😆
My birthday cake
My birthday cake

Would you recommend any songs to pay on Taiko, Pump or DJ Max Technika?

Until next time!
Kekidoll xoxo

Polaroids taken on my birthday
All the Polaroids taken on my birthday
The Breakfast Club - London Bridge

Breakfast Club Review: London Bridge

I headed to the Breakfast Club in London Bridge with a few colleagues during lunch. The place was packed and we ended up queuing for around 15-20 minutes, which wasn’t so bad.  The service was very fast and the staff were super friendly too! We even chatted about having different flavoured milkshakes and that they needed to include a signature Oreo milkshake! mmm…*drools*

The Breakfast Club - London Bridge
The Breakfast Club Sign

Deciding on which dish to choose
Outside waiting for our table. What to choose, what to choose!

We were all super hungry but I always find it hard to order due to the fact that at I want to eat everything available on the menu… I ended up picking Eggs Royale which Krystal has last time, plus a breakfast tea to help me warm up as I’d been ill earlier in the week.
Eggs Royale
Eggs Royale: Poached Eggs with Salmon and Holladaise Sauce with a side helping of potatoes

The Full Monty
The Full Monty: bacon, sausage, black pudding, eggs, home-style fried potatoes, mushrooms, beans, grilled tomato and toasted multigrain bloomer

The food was delicious! Eggs Royale comes with a poached egg on a muffin, smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce on top. I added an extra helping of potatoes on the side since I was super hungry. I thought the smoked salmon was very smokey which made it a lot more salty. However the hollandaise sauce countered it and accompanied the dish really well.

The English Tea came with a mini milk glass which was so cute! I was told to steal it… I didn’t. Maybe next time… (lol).

Breakfast Tea
My breakfast tea with a cute mini milk bottle

So that was my second time visiting the Breakfast Club and I’m sure I’ll be going again in the near future. It’s so tasty!

Photo at Breakfast Cluib
Group Photo!

Have you been to the breakfast club? Which meal should I try out next?

All my love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Asakusa Temple

Travel Diary: Tokyo, Japan

So I finally managed to save up enough to go visit Japan. SO EXCITING! The boyf and I decided to stay in Tokyo for the duration of our stay. We ended up booking an apartment from Air BnB rather than a hotel since we wanted a place to ourselves where we could relax and cook if we wanted to.

On the plane
Leaving for Japan!
The city of lights below
Up in the sky

The apartment wasn’t big but was a decent size for two people. The downsize to it was that the kitchen was tiny and thus we had to use the space wisely when preparing and cooking food.

Making curry
Making curry in the apartment

Curry with an omelette on top :)
Curry with an omelette on top :)

The bathroom was small as well but came with a small bathtub. Which I believe is standard with most Japanese apartments. The area was in Gotanda which is in central Tokyo and literally on the JR Yamanote line, so all the main areas and attractions were within easy reach.

I quite liked our little space as it had a small sitting room for us to wind down after a long day and have our TV dinners.

Family Mart Food
Om nom nom nom

One Piece
Watching One Piece from episode 1 with cheap eats from Family Mart :)

We spent most of our time visiting shrines, Shopping (a lot) and going to cultural attractions. I’m planning to write about each day or attraction separately so stay tuned for these posts! I’ll be sure to link them all here as well 😁

Asakusa Temple
Asakusa Temple

For those interested we ended up visiting:

  1. Tokyo Tower
  2. Tokyo Skytree
  3. Character Street
  4. Harajuku
  5. Shijuku
  6. Akihabara
  7. Asakusa
  8. Kamakura
  9. Tsukikoji Fish Market

and many more… I’ll be posting up about it in the next few weeks so be sure to come back to check them out :)

we found Shibuya 109
Visitng Shibuya 109

It was an amazing experience and I would definitely visit again! Maybe to Osaka, Kyoto or Hokkaido.

All my love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Chilli Ramen

Kannada-Ya: Ramen Restaurant in London

Kannada-Ya is a small Japanese ramen bar that has branches in Japan, London, UK and Hong Kong.

The one I visited was 8 minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road Station in London and was very easy to find; although Google Map was very helpful due to all the road works happening in the area.

The restaurant has a similar take to other no-booking restaurants where the seating is limited and revolves around a fast-food like service. However, they don’t force you to leave even though there’s a queue formed outside. The patrons waiting outside will just be staring at you through the window though…

The menu is very limited and isn’t vegetarian friendly as everything is made with pork. The original ramen is thinly sliced pieces of Cha siu (bbq flavoured pork), some mu shu (fungus), nori (seaweed sheet) and spring onions (standard). Then there are three other options of adding beanshoots, making it spicy or changing the pork belly to the pork collar meat (less fatty).

Original Ramen
Original Pork Ramen

I picked the original to try and the cha siu melted in my mouth.  It was very succulent and not rough at all! However you only get a few slices which wasn’t enough for my appetite. The pork bone broth was delicious and very flavoursome but the starch from the noodles made the broth murky and started to get thick, adding a milky flavour to the soup.
Chilli Ramen
Chilli Ramen

There are also other sides and extra ramen if you have extra broth left over and still feeling hungry!

Website: www.kanada-ya.com

I want to try out more! Would you recommend any restaurants in London?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Platter for 2

Bodeans. A meat feast fit for a king.

So for Manni’s birthday we all were invited to Bodeans for dinner.  Bodeans is a BBQ meat shack that boasts delicious barbecued meats in hearty portions. So if you’re a hungry hippo or feeling extra hungry, the this is the place for you.
The menu
The decor inside has a western ranch-like feel to it. With hanging wall ornaments to antler lamps.
Antler Lamps
Restaurant Decor
As a group of 5, we ordered a dish each and a platter for 2 one (sidejoke) to share between us. The meal was absolutely delicious and we managed to devour the whole table of food. I think we consumed too much salt for one evening though…
Ready for their meal
And without further adieu, I present you the glorious meats. Which I like to call foodporn. You should look away now if you’re a herbivore…
Honeycomb Milkshakes

Beef Ribs

Baby Rack of Ribs

Platter for 2
Our platter for “1”

Steak with Sweet Potato Frites

Our Bodeans Meal
Our Bodeans Meal

Where’s your best BBQ shack?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Brunch at The Breakfast Club

Heard of them before but had never been. I was intrigued and thought I’d go check it out. This restaurant only serves American and English styled breakfast meals fit to fill tummy of hungry passer bys.

I had the All American Breakfast which came with a heart portion of pancakes and Canadian maple syrup.  Mmm!

It was really tasty and the place was so busy. The bacon was crispy, the pancakes were moist and I loved their potatoes. Everything is very filling here for a reasonable price. I would love to come back and try out the rest of the menu!

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Virgin Apple Mojito
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All American Breakfast
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Salmon Poached Eggs

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Have you been to the Breakfast Club before? Where do you enjoy was ring breakfast?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

So much food for an afternoon…

I went out on a lovely sunny Sunday for Dim Sum at Wing Yip with a couple of friends. We ended up ordering quite a bit of food and waited till it all arrived so we could take a photo of a table full of food.

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Never had a photo like this.

This amount of food filled us up a lot! Nom nom nom! I really like Har Gao (prawn dumplings) whenever I go Yum Cha.

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Reading the menu

Afterwards I was taken across the road to a delicious ice cream parlour called Kaspa’s. They make an assortment of ice cream flavours and rather large bowls of ice cream sundaes. Bigger than the ones stereotypically from American restaurants. I mean look at them!

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Mango Mania Sundae
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Oreo Sundae

Each sundae had a few scoops of flavoured ice cream,  topped with soft ice cream and covered in sauce or chocolate toppings and two wafers. It was delicious!

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The Chocoholic

I was so full from eating so much in an afternoon! Was lovely though!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

An hour queue for a burger?!

So my friends invited me out to try a new Burger place down Bond Street called Patty and Bun.

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By the time we entered it was dark...

I’ve heard of it but have never thought that it’s be so small! The whole restaurant only had around 10 tables of 2. The decor was rather simple, old-fashioned Burger shack with only a few items on the menu to choose from. I believe this is the trend in London with restaurants that don’t take bookings, as it creates a long queue by the door making passed bys intrigued.
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What Should I eat?

My friends and I ended up queuing for a whole hour which is something I don’t usually do; I was surprised it took so long for a fast food joint. I wasn’t disappointed though. The burger served up was juicy, delicious and packed flavour from the meat and sauces contained within.
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This is gonna get messy. *drool*

The chips were crispy with hints of rosemary, but the chef overpowered the chips with salt :(
My friend also ordered chicken wings which reminded me of KFC. The skin was very crispy and the chicken moist and not so dry. We still aren’t sure which sauce was given, because despite ordering taramine sauce (supposedly non spicy) the wings were rather hot and felt like we were eating the jalapeño version…
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The meal!

All in all I enjoyed the meal but I don’t think I would like to queue for so long again. So I would suggest either rocking up around lunchtime or late around 8-9pm when there are less people.
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Look at it! Nom!

They have two branches in London to choose from.

Have you queued for a long time for food before? What was your verdict?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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