Life has been kind to me recently. Although everyday is packed with work, assignments, activities and trillions of things to do, I rather enjoy them. Besides, being busy often means I don’t have time to cook, so an excuse for me to eat out. I like Chinese food, and go to Chinatown quite often. The street food there has to be the best.
Steamed bun+skewers (they took the skewers out). There are steamed buns with different fillings. Personally I like the vegetarian one but there are also pork and beef flavours. The skewers are Sichuan Style, a bit spicy. It comes with sesame paste and coriander. You can add extra chilli if you want 😉
Another of my favourite is the Chinese pancake. It is traditionally made of green bean paste, unfortunately in Chinatown there is only plain flour option. If you want something authentic, I advise you going to Tianjin, the hometown of this type of pancake.
For the pancake, you can select different types of sauce: Hoi sin sauce, chilli sauce and so on. For the pancake, there are often fried dough sticks and a sheet of crisp wrapped inside. You can also choose to have a sausage. I always choose the traditional option which is the dough sticks. Chinese pickles can be added in the pancake for free, but you have to ask for it. Many non-Chinese speakers don’t know this, because the owner cheekily wrote the option in Chinese.
And the best drink to go with the Chinese Street Food–Bubble Tea! I am a traditionalist, so I prefer the original flavour and taro for the bubble tea. If you are adventurous, try out different ones. You can also swap jelly for the tapioca pearls.
This is a different way to enjoy China Town for you. So next time, instead of a sit-down meal, you might want to try out the street food. You can get more than enough food for under £10.