This time, we went for Vietnamese and Korean food. Both distinctively different from each other but equally recognisable as Asian cuisine due to the well seasoned, full of flavours and spicy food.
As we arrived in London, we headed to Surrey Quay near Canada Water for Vietnamese food at Cafe East. After some instructions from Stephanie which sounded a bit like 'turn right, go straight down to the end, turn left, go straight again then turn left .....', we eventually arrived at the restaurant.
|Che Ba Mau|
The other roll we had was the Banh Cuon -"Famous Vietnamese steamed rice pastry filled with savoury Chinese mushroom and minced pork. Topped with meat loaf, poached bean sprouts and shallots. Served with Café east fish sauce."
The different ingredients used in the rolls give you different layers of flavour and texture with each bite you take. Each type of roll is paired with different special sauces and dipping the rolls into the sauces just enhances the taste of these rolls. I want to especially mention the crushed peanuts in the sauce gives a very nice fragrance to the dish.
|Bun Ga Nuong|
|Bun Tom Hue|
My friends tried several different dishes which are all very delicious and authentic. Overall, nice experience in this restaurant with authentic vietnamese food with a very reasonable price. Highly recommended!
As for dinner, we ventured into Rayne's Park towards the South-west area of London. Though it does not look much from the outside, Cah Chi restaurant offers one of the best Korean cuisine in London and coupled with excellent customer service makes it a must to visit!
|Variety of small dishes|
|Fried chicken in garlic and honey|
|Fried glass noodles with vegetables|
|Sauces for BBQ meat|
|Lettuce and spring onions|
|BBQ pork belly on lettuce|
All the above steps were done by the waitress, and that is what I call first class customer service!
|Cold rice vermicelli|
|All mixed up|
We also had another mixing dish called the 'Bibimbap' which basically means mixed rice. The rice was served in a stone bowl with sauteed and seasoned vegetable and chilly pepper paste, raw egg and strips of beef were also added on top of the dish. The whole thing was then mixed thoroughly while still hot. *Because the dish was mixed and served by the waiter, I couldn't get a photo of it.*
A very nice dining experience, well worth the trip and I will certainly go again!