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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 actually delivers on the praise-laden-promises of critics and friends, and you don’t end up wistfully reliving that evening when you sat alone and had a tuna sandwich for dinner. Silk Road has been growing in popularity over the last few years and now everybody, and I do mean err’body knows that this is the spot for an excellent meal. The closest to Xinjiang food you can get in London and even then, the presence of pork and alcohol on the menu keeps the promise of true Xinjiang cuisine at bay (this type of northern Chinese food is usually halal due to a predominantly Muslim population). Having said that, the vegetarian and fish/seafood options are definitely worth trying.

SPICY AUBERGINES

These were really nice. Soft without being soggy, and soaked through with a deliciously-lightly-spicy sauce.

HOME STYLE HOT AND SOUR CABBAGE

My favourite of the night. This tasted exactly like the dish I had in Shanghai and I spent the rest of the night lovingly dipping dumplings into the remnants of the sauce.

LAMB DUMPLINGS

The meat at Silk Road is not halal, but they did confirm that the vegetarian dishes and seafood dishes were not laced with secret pork. Alzo, Copp and Chin had the lamb and I got…

…SHRIMP EGG AND LEEK DUMPLINGS instead

Soft and tasty, with freshly made dough, BURSTING with masses of flavour and juices and ridiculously cheap at £3.50 for 10!!!

NOODLES WITH VEGETABLES

Nice. These were fresh and springy with crunchy vegetables. However, I found the sauce a bit too sweet and slightly aniseedy.

TOMATO AND EGG NOODLE SOUP

This has turned into a problem for me. I LOVE tomato and egg noodle soup and now that I’ve learned how to cook it, I even have it for breakfast. The tomato and egg at Silk Road comes swimming in a large bowl of broth and noodles, and is excellent. The only downside was that we didn’t have any spoons to scoop up the remaining soup after we had finished all the egg, tomato and noodles!!   

HRM recommended the FISH SHISH

…which were CRISP. Just oh-so-crisp. These babies were loaded with spices that were encrusted into the skin and soft, flaky flesh that had been chargrilled to perfection. One skewer is not enough.

Give in to foodie peer pressure and go for an extremely enjoyable evening of Xinjiang (ish) food!!

Silk Road

49 Camberwell Church Street, London, UK SE5 8TR



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