Monday 25 July 2011


It is supposed to be the summer season but the weather seems to ignore the fact. All we had was one or two weeks of sunshine in the spring. It is either raining or overcast. Luckily, a little bit of sunshine has been forecasted for the next few days. It is not hot, just nice, mild with a dose of sunshine. These days are just so precious and few that we really have to take advantage of them. Of course the first thing that comes to mind are the leisurely activities that we have been dreaming of doing all the winter months. We went out to China Town in the weekend and it was so nice to stroll around without a heavy coat and a cold nose.

I took a few photos of London's China Town so I can show you how it looks. Most cities have their own China town and we always seek them out when we travel. They are all different yet have the same welcoming feel.

Chinese arches confirm that you have reached China Town. That plus the unmistakable aroma of Chinese food. 
People come here to eat, to shop, to stroll or simply just to be here.

My husband and daughter milling amongst the crowd, mostly tourists, taking in all the sights, sounds and smells. 

Tourist belt intertwines with the market street.

All the exotic fruits and vegetables are available here.

Love it or hate it. Durian: the stinky delicacy of the Orient.

No mannequins are to be seen on the shop windows. These roast meats are the goods that make the customers come.

Here are the experts making the Chinese dumplings that we all love.

Their special talent are put on show.
The Chinese bakery is not to be missed. Delicious Oriental style cakes, buns and sweets are reason enough to take a trip to China town.

I made a quick dinner with the fresh Fujian noodles we bought at the Chinese supermarket  and our takeaway roast and char siu pork. This recipe is called mixed meat because you can use any combination of meats and seafood that you like. You can use raw pork or chicken slices, seafood or any cooked meat. You can also add fish balls, fried tofu and mushrooms. You have to season and stir fry the raw meat first. I stir fried the noodles separately then topped it with the stir fried meat and vegetable sauce. It is a really versatile dish. You can use whatever ingredients you have or like.


400 gms. fresh Fujian or any fresh noodles
cooking oil
2 tbsps. light soy sauce
1 carrot, sliced thinly diagonally
3 cloves of garlic chopped
15 dwarf beans, cut diagonally into 2" lengths
4 bunches of spring onions, cut diagonally, green parts and white parts separated
1 1/2 c. cooked meat
1 tbsp. oyster sauce
2 cups chicken stock
3-4 Chinese leaves (Napa cabbage)
2 tbsps. corn flour
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. sesame oil


Boil plenty of water in a pot or wok. 

When boiling, drop the noodles and add 2 tbsps. of oil. Stir gently to separate. Cook until al dente. This will be stir fried later. 

Refresh the noodles with cold water and drain. Drizzle a bit of oil and stir. 

Heat up a wok. Add 2 tbsps. of oil and add the drained noodles. Stir fry on high heat for 3 minutes with 2 tbsps. of light soy sauce. Transfer to a serving dish. 

If using raw meat, season with light soy sauce and stir fry briefly then set aside. 

Wash and dry the wok. 

Heat the wok up again and when very hot add 2 tbsps. of oil. Add the carrots and stir fry for 2 minutes or until it changes colour. 

Add the garlic and stir fry for 1 minute. 

Add the dwarf beans, white part of the spring onions, meat and the oyster sauce. Fry for 2 minutes, stirring all the time. 

Add the stock. Disperse the corn flour in a bit of water and add to the stock when it boils, stirring until it thickens. Add the rest of the ingredients and check the seasonings. 

Ladle over the noodles and serve piping hot. 

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  1. Great food, fun and a cultural experience I love this!

  2. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos...I was transported to your beautiful London China Town for just a few moments and I loved it!

  3. Gorgeous pictures... and those noodles look & sound really good! I love mixed meat noodles :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow, London's China town is nice and clean. I love going to China town especially when I'm craving for Want-Some-Dim-Sum :). Nice picture of the noodles and very vibrant color. Thank you for sharing.

  5. I wander if my san diego has a china town, your meal looks delightful

  6. Your stir fry looks amazing! I love your pictures!

  7. Thanks for the marvelous tour of Chinatown! Your stir fry looks fabulous...especially that last shot! YUM.

  8. Great post, very informative Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos..Now day in Thailand we eat this type of all delicious fruits.

    25 July 2011 01:32

  9. I just there and I had a blast walking around China Town...and eating of course :) Your stirfry looks delicious!

  10. Glad you enjoyed your trip to china town! Also, I really like the stir fry recipe. Most of the recipes I make are with rice, I really need to try this one with noodles. Nothing like having crisp,vibrant veggies in stirfry. Yum!

  11. Sigh, Adora...every time I look your photos, I feel like I'm entering a glossy cookbook! Thanks for sharing the sights an sounds of Chinatown, miss it as we used to go there at weekends too when I studied in London. I spotted dragonfruit at if the fruit stalls, did you get any? ;-)

    Can't believe it's summer in England, everyone's wearing a cardi or wrap!

  12. I love China town! Especially the food and the exotic fruits. I can wonder around the whole day, touching and smelling everything! Love the selection they have in the summer. Wish I could get my hand on some fresh durian.

    Your stir fry looks packed with veggies (just the way I like it). Have you tried to stir fry it with some dashes of oyster sauce?

  13. Love all the photos Adora! Though crowded like others, London China Town looks fab! Same with your Fujian noodle dish!

  14. What wonderful pictures of London's China town! The roast chickens? look so delicious!

  15. Mmmmm, looks wonderful, Adora!!! :)


  16. Beautiful pics of London's China Town you shared! Those Chinese arches are quite similar to the ones in SG. :)
    Durian I love so much! Just had quite a lot for the past few weeks when they're in season. lol
    Love your colorful Fujian noodles! So tempted to cook it now! :D

  17. This dish looks SO amazing! I love your pictures of China Town as well! Buzzed it!

  18. I have enjoyed this post. I am glad to get a glimpse of China Town in London. Your fujian noodles look delicious. I can't wait to prepare this dish.

  19. I love the pictures but love the recipe more. Fabulous post!

  20. Your Fujian noodle stir-fry looks so much BETTER than the one in the restaurants!! Love those exotic fruits.

  21. Love that sauce inside the noodles and with all the beautiful veg soaked on top. We love these type of food at home.

  22. :)) I can leave comment on you blog yeeyy..
    Your photos are so beautiful, I wish we had amazing China town..but we don't at least not here in my area! As for recipe, very flavorful and tasty looking!! Thank you so very much for sharing..

  23. Beautiful pictures :) I wish I could visit this place. Your dish looks so amazing! Sound fresh and delicious :)

  24. I love this post Adora! I am one of those people who subscribes to all the travel magazines and such because I adore learning about different cultures and ways of life. thanks for sharing this. And now I want those noodles :-D

  25. It was a pleasure to read your post, nice to have a peak at London's China town :)

  26. Thanks for the great photos and recipe.

  27. I love your Fujian noodles recipe. Thanks for sharing all the other photos. They are great.

  28. following your lovely site
    noodles looks wonderful lovely pictures looks like fun

  29. YOu know I can never enough of Chinese food and china town trip is always so much fun!

  30. Thanks for sharing the pictures of Chinatown in London! How cool! It looks a lot cleaner and wider street than one in SF. Your colorful noodles look yummy!

  31. Beautufully fresh sounding noodle dish. And thanks for the photos of London, I do miss it sometimes!

  32. Wonderful photos! London's Chinatown looks so much cleaner than New York's or Boston's. haha Your noodle dish looks delicious.


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