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Uncle (and auntie) Wrinkle

I had a nice dream a couple of months ago… It was about a cosy place somewhere in London where not just I was surrounded by beautiful potteries and beautiful people, but where I was also being served authentic Chinese food (a lot of food actually) at extremely cheap prices!

I spoke about this dream with my friend Namiko and when she told me that place does actually exist and that is owned and managed by two really good friends of hers I kindly told her to shut the f**k up!

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Here’s Namiko! She likes pork belly!

She took me down to Uncle Wrinkle in New Cross that very same night! And since that day I now have faith that sometimes dreams actually do come true!

Kwan and her husband Patrick are specialized in:

  • Ceramics >> My opinion on Kwan’s potteries (even if I’m not an expert on this subject) is that  are designed to make people happy and that they have a perfect combination of beauty and simplicity.
  • Smiles >> A lot of them! And all free of charge!
  • Noodles >> Especially the Singapore style vermicelli.
  • Pork belly >> Yep, you read that right. Pork belly! The best I’ve tried in London by far!
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Patrick, Kwan and Namiko  🙂

I think I’ve already used too many words… I’ll let the pictures do the talking now!

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Chinese tea and Kwan potteries’ corner  🙂
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BBQ spare ribs!
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Prawn on toast, Butterfly prawns, chili oil and the two little Buddhas
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Aubergine w. chicken in sweet soy sauce, Almond chicken in lemon sauce, Pak choi
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Sweet &Sour fish
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Singapore style Ho-fun noodles! So tasty!
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The final touch…

Uncle Wrinkle is located just outside New Cross Gate station (299 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6AS) – Go and say hi to Kwan & Patrick… I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

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The one and only Uncle Wrinkle

Music Music Music! I’m going on a massive tour with my band Arrows Of Time starting Oct 3rd and I’m very excited! Some sort of details can be found on the video here below…

 

Yee-Haw!!!!

 

Silk Road (No Bitcoins accepted) & Bibs+Gigs on Instagram!!

Spring is coming dear B&G lovers! You happy? Well I hope so… In case you are not I have great news for you: Bibs & Gigs is now on Instagram!! I know I mentioned Facebook in the last poll (thanks for the ones who voted, especially who gave their preference to the Smelly Armpits option) but I’m 100% sure that starting a FB page will make me lazy towards the blog activities.

So stop doing whatever you’re doing (unless you’re having a delicious meal or some great oral sex), open Instagram, find the B&G Marshmallow Man and click follow (or simply click the picture below)!

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Stay Puft, Follow Bibs+Gigs!

Talking about food (and not about drugs): I went to Silk Road in Camberwell (click here for their menu) last Sunday after hearing a lot of great things about it.

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Double Cooked Pork Slices – Silk Road

 

 

The food was a bit oily but pretty good (the Double Cooked Pork Slices and the Home Style Aubergines were soooo tasty!) and, since I’ve been in China during my travels, I felt while in there a sort of tradition which I never came across when having dinner in Chinatown.

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Double Cooked Pork Slices II – Silk Road

 

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Home Style Aubergines
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Beef & Onion handmade dumplings

 

As me and Lucy were very hungry as usual we also ordered a bunch of ox tripe and lamb skewers, some freshly prepared handmade dumplings and a very big portion of hand-pulled noodles with lamb.

Cheap prices, friendly and quick staff, relaxed atmosphere, generous servings. Will definitely come back!

 

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Ox Tripe – Silk Rd.
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Lamb skewers – Silk Road
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Hand-pulled Noodles

Gigs&Tips: Going to see Swingin’ Utters tonight at the Pipeline and since I’m around there I may go to have some tacos at Lupita… I’ll let you know how it goes!

Happy Friday 13th my dear misfits!

 

Spice up the festivities with some Thai food at the Churchill arms

Plans for the new year:

  • Eat more food, possibly in new restaurants so I can talk to you about them
  • Getting on tour with my band (we just recorded a new demo!! For more info click here)
  • Trying to stay sober at gigs so I can give you better details about them (and we all know this is not going to happen)
  • Creating a B&G Facebook profile for more foodstuff pictures and less nonsense words

I know that Christmas day is actually next week, and you’re all too busy buying last minute presents on Amazon, but trust me, this post will help you get into the festive spirit without the need to take a walk down Oxford Street.

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The Churchill Arms is located in Kensington Church Street, a 5 minute walk from Notting Hill Gate station, and it surely is one of my favourite pubs in West London.

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Flowers, pictures and lanterns @ Spice of Life

The ambience is cozy and warm, the staff is super friendly, the selection of beers is not bad at all and they have a great Thai restaurant called Spice of Life on their flowery back, serving the best Pad Thai I’ve ever had outside Thailand.

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Pad Thai @ The Churchill Arms/Spice of Life

It’s since 2010 that I’m stuffing my face in this place, and I’m pretty much sure I’ve tried all the different things they have in the menu, from the quite filling prawn crackers to the great noodles and curries, both religiously made with fresh ingredients.

If you feel like you’re one of the braves that can handle the spiciness pretty well, then you should order their Pad Kee Mao, a darker type of noodles compared to the other ones, incredibly tasteful and unbelievably hot!

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Pad Kee Mao @ The Churchill Arms/Spice of Life

Go there to enjoy some good food and chill out in that Xmas coziness before January comes to take everything away with its disgraceful blues and its freezing temperatures. If you get the pad kee mao let me know how was it without using the word “spicy”.


Gigs&Tips: As I told you not once but twice, I do have a band. We are called Arrows Of Time and our bandcamp page is frequently populated with very cool music. Check it out, and if you like our sound come and see us on January 17th at the Constitution in Camden.

Have a great Xmas B&G lovers ❤

“Better call Seoul”…Bakery. Before it’s too late!

I can’t imagine London without Denmark Street and its incredible vibe… Guitars and drums shops, people like Noel Gallagher, Ronnie Wood and Patrick Stewart (Spock!) hanging around there, the iconic 12 Bar Club, the Alleycat (Regent Sound Studios back in the 60s, where the Rolling Stones recorded their first album), and all the tiny Korean restaurants round the corner.

Unfortunately due to the Cross Rail development starting from January 2015 the all area will be transformed and will definitely lose its greatness. There’s an online petition going on at the moment – I don’t know if it will really help to avoid the inevitable but hopefully it will postpone it a little bit. If you have a second please sign it here.

Last Saturday after band practice at Enterprise Studios (located in a little alley behind the 12 Bar) I had a late lunch at Seoul Bakery with my girlfriend Lucy.

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SB is a really small Korean restaurant run by smiley and friendly people, where the ingredients are fresh and the food is made with love.

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Friendly staff @ Seoul Bakery

I ordered a delicious Spicy chicken soup with Udon Noodles, that came with a portion of Kimchi as a side dish, and Lucy got a Bulgogi Bibimbap.

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Spicy Chicken + Udon soup

If you’re not familiar with Korean food:

  • Kimchi is a traditional spicy and sour Korean side dish made of cabbage with a variety of seasonings;
  • Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with vegetables, seasonings, a fried egg and sliced beef. It is also a funny word that I use a lot when I’m drunk… Don’t ask me why as sometimes I’ve got no idea of what’s happening inside my head;
  • Bulgogi = grilled marinated beef cooked using Korean traditional grilling techniques;

 

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Delicious Bulgogi Bibimbap @ Seoul Bakery

The only bad thing about this pretty place is that soon it will be gone, as the whole building will become a charming Bus Stop (A big Thank You to the Crossrail pricks for making this happening so quickly). I don’t know if they will reopen in another location but even if they do it surely won’t be the same unfortunately.

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The only grumpy face @ Seoul bakery
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Nicely decorated walls

If you’re still new to this type of cuisine I reckon a cheap lunch (YES! SB not just is good, it’s also cheap as chips) at Seoul Bakery this weekend could be a great introduction to this new world of magnificent aromas.


 

Gigs&Tips: I’ll never get bored of telling everyone how fun a night at the 12 Bar Club can be! They have live music 7 days a week, door charge is always under £10, good beers, a pool table, a cool outside area at the back. So hurry up and go get a taste of the Denmark Street madness before it will turn into a Prada store or a Pret a Manger.

Last but not least: These guys are on tonight at the Brixton Academy. It’s sold out but some last minute tickets may be available outside the venue..

Have a great weekend Bibs&Gigs lovers.

Less Talk, More Noodles!

Ho-Fun Lido

Lido in Chinatown is not just a paradise for Dim Sum and Noodle lovers, but it also has that type of chilled out environment I normally look for when trying to get rid of terrible hangovers.

Since the day my flatmate Alban talked to me about this place it became my favourite within the area of Chinatown: Good food, friendly staff, reasonable prices.

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A couple of times I tried following Time Out’s advice about some other good restaurants around there and not only was I disappointed, I was also absolutely pissed off about the shit food, the bad service received and the fact that I still follow suggestions from these “We-know-everything-everywhere” hipsters!

 

Yesterday at lunch time I was around Shaftesbury Avenue for work, so I decided to go there on my own, as my colleague is on that period of the year where if you drink, eat, sneeze or fart before the sunset you’ll be cursed by for the rest of your life.

 

Trying to be on a diet is depressing for a million of reasons, the good thing though is that I didn’t go crazy when ordering the food as I normally do when going there with friends for Dim Sum on Sunday lunch time.

I “just” got a portion of really tasty Malaysian style Ho-Fun Noodles (Ho-Fun are the wide, flat, rice noodles, the Chinese version of Italian Tagliatelle) and a delicious Crab+Seafood (3 dumplings in total) Dim Sum.

Ho-Fun and Dim Sum

Needless to say that this time a doggy bag wasn’t necessary…

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As mentioned before, if you spent the all Saturday night up to no good, Lido Restaurant will be the right place to spend your Sunday lunch. Order a can of Coke and get messy with their wide choice of Dim Sum platters, you surely won’t regret it!


Gigs&Tips: Up the pints people! It’s Friday, it’s sunny, the storm is over and The Black Keys just announced a UK tour coming this March..

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These Indians will stuff vegetables inside you for nothing..

What to say about Taste of India?

The first time my friend Sunny took me here and told me on the way “it’s a vegetarian restaurant” I politely replied to her with something similar to “F**K THAT!

However, since that day I’ve come back to this East Ham gem 6 times and every time I’ve returned, apart from the Polish waitress, me and my mates reassuringly seemed to be the only westerners in there.

My flatmate arrived in the area an hour before us and since he couldn’t find a pub he decided to wait at the restaurant. By the time we arrived he had already demolished 1 plain naan, 2 huge samosas and a Kadhai Paneer (pretty tasty), but the guy really can eat so for him that was just a little Entrée.

The moment that the menus were left on our table a little revolution started with the amount of food plates we chose. We ordered as if there was no tomorrow. Our requests to the waiter rapidly followed: “We want this.. And That! And please also this one! In fact make it two! Actually, 3!” (I should also add that every time we order way too much food… but I can promise it’s worth it!).

We started with a lovely Chilli Paneer, an Indian cheese with an amazing chilli sauce – pretty spicy and sweet (just at the right point so as not to be a common sweet and sour taste) and a portion of Masala Vada, 2 fried doughnuts with Sambar sauce and some Chutney.

Chili Paneer

Masala Vada

The Masala Dosas that followed were INCREDIBLE and incredibly huge. The Chef’s secret Dosa was a little too overfilled with peppers for my liking and not on the same level as the Masala ones.

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Even though that amount of food could have fed an entire family we fearlessly decided to carry on, and with a blink of the eye we had on our table a massive Garlic Naan (they probably used 10 garlic cloves for that), a lentil curry called Dal Makhani and a potato based dish called Aloo Methi Masala.

I should point out here that unfortunately ‘Taste of India’ does not serve alcohol and it was probably this lack of beer on the table that allowed us to continue bravely on the second leg of our food voyage.

Two points to consider: Point number 1 – the incredible flavours of the Aloo Methi (see next picture) made this dish a winner over the Dal Makhani, which wasn’t bad but just a bit tasteless.

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Point number 2 – After eating the entire garlic bread my breath was so bad that I had to call an exorcist the next day to return it to normal.. It was well worth though!! Amazing Naan! But be warned!

They also have a good desserts choice but it was literally impossible at this stage to eat any more!

The final bill came to £45 total with tips included and, considering how much we ate, I can tell you it’s a really fair price. You can literally go there and stuff your face with a fiver but hey, we do have big stomachs.