Chinese food in London

Foodie post! We are obviously huge fans of Chinese food, no surprises there and London just has so much to offer. Where to find the BEST OF IT? It’s really hard to tell as there are just so many ‘types’ of Chinese food from Dim Sum to numerous regional cuisines.

Different restaurant excel in different dishes and one restaurant that I personally enjoy is Mandarin Kitchen in Bayswater. A little birdie told me a few years ago that we must try their specialty signature dish, their lobster noodles and once I tried it, it was love at first taste. We take the chance to drop by whenever we are in London for a few days. It is very impressive when they bring a huge plate out to your table, just look at it! A tad pricey, but well worth it for a treat and you do get what you pay for. Well, we do not savour lobsters every day. I had to stop the waiter to get this picture, as they take it away to plate it out for you. Even portions for everybody, so there is no need to rush to get seconds. Other dishes are also tasty but the lobster noodles take the cake.

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Lobster noodles, Mandarin Kitchen.

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Squid in salted egg yolk

We were there during the festive season and it was almost impossible to get a reservation. We managed it but we still had to wait for half an hour. It is often very busy, it might be best to reserve a table before you go.

Mandarin Kitchen

14-16 Queensway, London W2 3RX, England

+44 20 7727 9012

Another must try for their roast meats is Four Seasons. The reputation of the Four Season’s roast duck has spread worldwide and some of my friends from Hong Kong and China said it is the best, even better than the ones in their home country! Now, that’s a dazzling review. They have a few branches in London now, but we tend to walk pass the one in Bayswater or drop by the newer branch in Chinatown.

Oddly enough, I do not have any picture of the roast duck! The toddler must have been playing up, have you tried eating in peace with a 2 year old? Wrestling chopsticks out of their hands, trying to order something you think they will eat and then getting them to enjoy their food. They do have an extensive menu and everything is reasonably priced. I did however capture what we ordered for my daughter. She loved it. Stir fried prawns with broccoli and mushrooms.

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Four Seasons

12 Gerrard Street, Chinatown, London W1

+442074940870

I have always noticed a long queue outside Kam Tong Restaurant, so this time around we decided to join the queue! If that’s not an indication of good food, I don’t know what is. We tried their vegetable spring rolls and king prawns with asparagus. Simple and delicious.

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We also tried their Cantonese Roast Duck. Competition is fierce when it comes to this barbecue roasted dish. Its good but I prefer the one in Four Seasons or Gold Mine (both also in Bayswater)

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I have heard raving reviews for their dim sum at this restaurant, we were here for dinner therefore ordered dishes to go with steamed rice. The best dish from Kam Tong must be their Mongolian Crispy Lamb. It was served with iceberg leaves, spring onion, cucumber and Oriental brown sauce. The flavours were incredible and the crispiness of the lamb is absolutely beautiful. Try it!

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Kam Tong Restaurant

59-63 Queensway, London W2 4QH

+4420 7229 6065

Hope you are not feeling too hungry after this post! Thank you for reading and do leave your recommendations on what Chinese food to eat at your favourite joints.

Iris x

Pick us to be your Mark Warner family, please?

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I always do this, stumble upon something when it is 6 hours to the deadline! Oh seriously. ‘Why do I do this to myself? but but this is too great of an opportunity to not give it a shot?’ Come on Iris, write.. write for your life! I have just finished gawking at Capture by Lucy’s beautiful travel pictures and am taking up her call to apply to be one of Mark Warner’s family ambassadors. As she would put it, I would regret it if I don’t. Absolutely, so here goes and wish us luck.

Travel, extraordinary travel. It truly is the best. We have been very lucky as a family to be able to escape the pressures of daily life and see so much of the world together with our 2 year old. We have formed precious lasting memories by flying the little one all the way to Malaysia to start, exploring the hot springs in YangMingshan Taiwan, taking in all the sights in downtown Taipei all in a day and recently if you follow our Instagram, we have just been to Madrid, Barcelona and Greece!

Lots and lots of exploring the world with a tot in tow. Instagram must be my favourite social media platform, it was like our travelogue with lots of holiday snaps and videos especially of the little one prancing around everywhere. I have managed to snap about a thousand pictures (no joke) and I cannot wait to get them organised for my little blog.

To be in the running for Mark Warner’s fabulous holiday i.e for us to be brand ambassadors, I am suppose to collate our Top 10 travel must haves! I have written a similar blog post ‘Surviving Long Haul Flights with our Toddler‘ last year and this still stands. Always better to be prepared BUT after our recent travels, I have an alternative Top 10 MUST HAVES.

  1. To be Bold and Adventurous – experience new things!

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We risked it with the toddler and took a cruise boat out when we were in Athens to experience 3 absolutely beautiful islands namely Hydra, Aegina and Poros. It was a very long day from 7am till 7pm and we had about 9 hours to spent hopping on and off the cruise ship. It started off very wobbly as she was exceptionally quiet which is very unlike her and then she was sick! Thankfully, it was just the one off. She must have been seasick, bless! It paid off tremendously as she had a ball dancing around. When she is older, we must show her this postcard worthy picture of Hydra where she was in awe of all the donkeys on this ‘no vehicles’ island.

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2. Relax the rules – try not to be too uptight (speaking for my husband *jokes*)

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When you are on holiday, anything goes. Oh well, within limits of course. When we arrived in Greece the little one was exceptionally taken by all the gorgeous stray cats roaming everywhere! They were absolutely gorgeous although one will never know if they have fleas or carry illnesses. I definitely relaxed the rules and allowed her to touch them as long as she could wash her hands properly. Definitely makes for a more relaxed holiday!

3. Indulge – in good food, fun shopping, relaxing spa sessions, whatever tickles your fancy.

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There is no denying that I love my food especially desserts! When on holiday, INDULGE. Try it all, eat it all. Don’t follow me for diet advice although if you have or had a 2 year old. You will know that they run. These little humans can really run and chasing a toddler around takes its toll. I definitely burnt more than enough calories keeping her safe.

4. Enjoy an ‘adult’ holiday

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As long as you not taking them to a night club, all should be fine. I was initially stressed before we embarked on our trip to Athens as understandably we want to climb up the Acropolis but having read some feedback from Trip Advisor forums, some won’t recommend it as you have to leave your stroller. You know what, just do it! She had lots of exercise and plenty of fun, who cares if I could not feel my arms properly afterwards. She napped when we were still up there and we had to carry her back down. Daddy did most of the heavy lifting. Well worth it! There’s always a way for them to entertain themselves or maybe we are one of the lucky few.

5. ‘Dancing shoes’

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Those of you who follow our family’s journey will know of my tot’s tendency to break into a dance anywhere and anytime! Only 2 but she lives to this mantra ‘Why walk when you can dance?’ Plenty of dancing videos, check out one of my favourites filmed in Madrid on my Instagram HERE. Her lack of inhibitions is fantastic, she had a ball every time she heard music. Boogie boogie throughout your holiday, you will not regret it.

6. Take silly pictures and videos

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These two never fails to crack me up! They think of the most random things to do whilst waiting. Like daddy, like daughter?

7. CAMERA. Video camera. Phone camera. – even better an Insta-husband

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Bless my patient husband for dealing with my .. ‘another picture baby’. Another one here and here and here and here! Whoops. In all honesty though, my pictures of him and our daughter are way better than his. Grrrr.

8. A very LARGE inflatable – in our case, Horsey

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I kid you not, this horsey has been with us to Taiwan, Malaysia, Wales, London, you name it! Proof –>

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9. Lots of soya milk and SNACKS!

Bubba has a dairy allergy so we tend to be very prepared in this department. Lots of soya milk just in case. NEVER ever travel without snacks. I mean it. It makes them happy when they are upset. Pictures above were taken in Madrid, she was getting very grumpy and all it took was a small box of raisins to turn her frown into a smile. She even fed daddy some.

10. Little activities to keep them busy. Stickers and lots of them!

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Thank you for taking time to read and fingers crossed we will be able to embark on another fantastic getaway. Sunny one perhaps?

Pick us pick us! Little one would be thrilled if I am a #MarkWarnerMum and then she can do THIS all over again and our family will be able to form lasting memories in the sun with Mark Warner. Can we just be full time ‘wanderlusters’?

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Bones, coffins, dentures, eyeballs, fingers, brains ?

Have a peek! Some of them on offer too xxx

Baked By Mummy Iris

What a title for a blog post! Very morbid. However, it does mean that Halloween is close. Woohoo! Anyone hosting a party?

This is our bones mould in use 🙂 The mould is fab and is £4.99.

Bones mould

Chocolate bones made with Baked By Me's mould

As requested, we now have a spooky Coffins mould on our little online shop!

Coffins mould

I personally love our Dentures mould. Check out what The Chocolate Ear made with our mould. She sells ready made chocs!

Dentures by The Chocolate Ear

This is a very ghastly (all edible) version also made by The Chocolate Ear with our mould. Might put you off chocolate forever!

Ghastly Chocolate Dentures the chocolate ear

Revolting isn’t it? Very cool and apt for Halloween though 🙂

Cannot wait to see what you come up with! Here are 2 cool moulds that will be great for gory makes.

Our Eyeball mould, £4.99:

Eyeball Mould

Brains mould:

Brains mould

Perhaps, something more colourful now. Proper chocolate fingers?

Gorgeous ones made by our lovely customer, Amy Bugg with our…

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Bill’s Restaurant

I was in Bristol a while back & stumbled into Bill’s after Patiserie Valerie told us that they don’t do breakfast at that branch. What a delight! Such a beautiful cozy place to enjoy breakfast.

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A large pot for tea! It was not filled to the top 😀
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Eggs Royale! One of my favourite things to eat for breakfast. Poached eggs served over smoked salmon, hollandaise, pumpkin seeds and toasted sour dough.

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Look at that yolk! Oooozeeeeee baby 😀image
Guess what? I think Bill’s is coming to Nottingham!!!! I am well excited, cannot wait to drop by.
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Dinner is served

Dinner is served

Home cooked lamb chops. Hope you enjoyed your tea xx

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The Bishop Langley, fab gastropub.

The Bishop Langley in Durham. Recently refurbished with a brand new beer garden. Was pretty chilly, so decided to sit inside that day. I do have a soft spot for anything vintage looking and loved the antique looking suitcases next to our table. Views were awesome, it is opposite Bella Italia on the river.

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View from The Bishop Langley

Fish Fingers Sandwich

Just LOOK at that! Served on a gorgeous board. Loving the chips in the wire basket. Everything was just so pretty. Gorgeous presentation for a simple fish fingers sandwich. Taste: incredibly lush too! Nothing like cheap frozen fish fingers from the supermarket 🙂

Fish fingers sandwich

Definitely recommend The Bishop Langley for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Am sure they will not disappoint, am already excited for my next trip there.

Amazing gluten free Easter Eggs and Chocolate Spoons made by Carly! She got the moulds from us and WOW she definitely did them justice. Oh so creative and wished I could dig into one right now. Thanks very much Carly for sharing this with us. xxx

fruit is not a pudding

Whilst there are a whole host of Easter treats suitable for the gluten-free, FINAP has been most put out that two of them are not on the menu. One is the Percy Pig ‘egg’ from Marks & Spencers who has evil wheaty shorts preserving his porcine modesty. The other is the Cadbury Egg and Spoon. There is no earthly reason for chocolate mousse to contain gluten. So we made our own.

We filled ours with a super creamy white chocolate mousse, you won’t need much. For added effect we recommend using a blob of lemon or orange curd in the middle for a ‘yolk’. Happy Easter, pudding fans!

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Makes 4 ‘Kinder’ sized eggs and spoons

Ingredients

  • 200g milk chocolate*
  • 50g white chocolate*
  • 100ml double cream
  • 1 egg white
  • 12g sugar
  • Seeds from ½ a vanilla pod
  • Silicone easter egg and spoon moulds (ours were from Baked By Me

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