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

Review: Dai Viet – Vietnamese Restaurant

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My friend took us to dine at Dai Viet, a Vietnamese Restaurant that was local to him. It is situated in Wanstead and is only a 3 minute walk from the tube station. There is a carpark behind the restaurant but it is 24-hours which was slightly annoying since diners would like to have free parking if they’re going to be patrons of local shops.
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Decoration
The exterior of the restaurant was very grand. It had a very Asian feel and had the authentic rooftop.
Inside you are greeted by a laughing Buddha and a makanineko. The whole interior decoration is based around Vietnamese culture with a hint of Chinese decor. There is also a mini bridge that linksĀ  the waiting area to the restaurant, with a pond underneath; similar to ones in Chinese gardens. There were lanterns dotted about and concertina screens as well.
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The tables were wooden and reminded me of those you see in “hak jan” from those ancient Chinese dramas. The seats were comfy and each round table came with a small spinning glass turntable in the centre so you can move dishes closer to you.
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Service
The service was good. Waiters would greet you and they took orders pretty quickly. We made their lives easier by writing down the dish numbers for them.
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The food came out very quickly as well and was served as soon as it was ready. None of this ‘wait for everything ordered to be cooked before you serve it’ bs I get in English or Italian restaurants. Hungry customers want their stomachs satisfied immediately!
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Food
The food here was amazing. The lobster was cooked just right with the yolks of duck eggs, giving it a slight salty flavour. We also ordered cat fish which was pan fried at the table on a small stove and then garnished with herbs. It also came with noodles with a fish paste that you only need to dip slightly, else the sauce will be too overpowering.
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The presentation of the food was exquisite, our pineapple rice came in an actual pineapple shell! It was so cute and very tasty. The shell helps seal the flavours into each grain of rice. We also had a small baby quail which was a little on the salty side but delicious none the less. It was the case of chewing the bones though since baby quails don’t have much meat on them. The chicken was absolutely delicious, it was tender, juicy and succulent. Loved it. We also had some other seafood and vegetable dishes but these above really stood out to me.
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Dai Viet really surpassed my expectations, I loved the decor and it was a lovely restaurant to be in with friends after a long day out :) The restaurant is suitable for parties, banquets, weddings or just for a simple night out with the family, friends or your other half. The food is delicious and the staff are very friendly. I would really recommended to eat here! Can’t wait to return.

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Ice-Cream!!

Have you been to a new restaurant that surprised your expectations lately?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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Review: Green Papaya Vietnamese Restaurant

Green Papaya, a Vietnamese restaurant, opened their new restaurant in Hoxton early December. Its only a 3 minute walk from the overground!

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Green Papaya Menu

I was invited to the grand opening since I helped design their website ^^ They serve really good food! If you’re in the Hoxton or Hackney area, and feeling hungry, be sure to check Green Papaya out!
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The atmosphere was good

The decor had a rustic feel, similar to Jamie Oliver’s chain, but had a lot of Vietnamese photos from the broadcasting station archives (the manager has contacts). He hired some very good interior designers.
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Squids, bbq lamb and soft shell crab

The evening was bustling and some passers-by came in to get a table but had to be turned away since it was a private party. So I’m sure they’ll be really busy ^^
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Deliciousness!!! I devoured it all.

I enjoyed my evening and ate a lot. We also managed to take some good shots for the website and Facebook page. I felt bad that I hadn’t bought a congratulation gift though. How could I have forgotten?! I feel ashamed U.U
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My Bun Thit De Nuong

Have you had Vietnamese cuisine before? What’s your favourite cuisine? I have only had Vietnamese food whenever I’m with my Vietnamese friend – so weird.

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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