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BANGLATOWN cash & carry

Running low on colocasia stem, or ziziphus mauritiana? Sure you are, you grocery-weirdo. If this is true and you are in need of some very specific ingredients then come a little closer and I shall tell you where you can find them. Don't be scared, I've recently bathed. Just off of the famously infamous Brick Lane is ...

KAHAILA: silky smooth CHOCOLATE BROWNIE

I like brownies when they are flat, chocolatey and square (ish). Not to be confused with small, grizzly men with beards or small, proactive girls with badges, the true brownie should ideally be a baked good consisting of ingredients such as chocolate, eggs and flour. Keep your cherries and walnuts, I'm not interested. I also ...

Silk Road: FISH SHISH

With great recommendations comes great responsibility. We've all tasted the bitter, empty disappointment when something that has been hyped fails to live up to our expectations *cough*dark knight rises*cough* and for me, this is almost always worse when it comes to food. Therefore it's always satisfying when a restaurant ...

Vietnamese ICED COFFEE: East Street

Street Food! Cheap (supposedly), quick and tasty. I love street food but these days baby it sure is cold outside so hanging about the urban landscape in search of a meal isn't quite as fun as being drenched in bucketloads of culture somewhere around Thailand/Malyasia/somewhere else hot and Asian (I haven't been to any of ...

WOO JUNG

Continuing on in my quest for Korean food, I ushered a few friends in the direction of Tottenham Court Road and Woo Jung in order to share my enthusiasm for kimchi pancakes and hotpot! HotPot/steamboat is a type of soup/stew kept simmering in the centre of the table, to which raw ingredients are sometimes added and cooked in ...

Lanka

If I were ever on Death Row, or stranded on a desert island, or only allowed to eat one dish for the rest of my life, it would have to be a savoury, UMAMI loaded something. No question. In fact, it would most likely be my mum's BIRIYANI. One Eid day I ate 5 plates of it over a 3 hour period, much to the horror of a few ...

Beigel Bake: SMOKED SALMON AND BUTTER

Bagels. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. These are all good things, especially when there is smoked salmon involved.  Beigel Bake (located towards the Bethnal Green end of Brick Lane) has been offering all this and more for as long as I can remember. Considered to be the oldest bagel (pronounced and spelled beigel) ...