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42 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, Islington, London

I am in London! I suppose this site could be referred to as the Ldn numb.. or Londiniumb for a little bit, but I still have loads of reviews to be published on some HK eateries I visited before I left, so HK food is still – and will always be – my priority.  I hope you can bear with me while I organise myself abroad.  I know all this waiting for another blog post must be killing you…

So I’ll leave you again with, admittedly, not the prettiest plate of food, but all-the-same: my dinner last night. The experience of sharing this huge plate of injera, a sour crumpet-textured pancake, and eating with your hands – no cutlery in sight! – was something special.  And far too much fun.  Maybe not somewhere for a blind date though if you’re not very comfortable with your fellow diner – mucky fingers tend to cross paths as you’re ripping the injera and throwing it down your throat.

This is actually not my first time trying Ethiopian food, but the recommended dishes at Addis were good.  We enjoyed the tender lamb cubes fried with Ethiopian pepper and spices – the Awaze Tibs (£8.95).  The Yetesom Beyaynetu (£8.95), or mild mixed vegetables, were a bit of a mushy mess but individually, nicely seasoned, and easy to scoop up with your fingers.  Ethiopian food is generally quite sour, so you have to adjust your taste buds a little bit to accommodate.

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My boyfriend’s parents celebrated their 35th anniversary last week.  So, in true filially pious foodie son and daughter fashion, the kids and their significant others planned a dinner worthy of a Michelin-starred table.  Not incredibly romantic when one of the SO’s is caught chewing on the lamb bone in the kitchen (I swear this was not me), but I think this amazing couple had an excellent time.

Having visited Lardo’s and fallen in love with their preemo lamb and beef, A and I went over to TCDeli, their flagship retail outlet – also in Hang Hau Village – to pick up 3kgs of the highest quality Australian lamb.  A special discount for purchases over $500 made this massive Tasmanian grain-fed beauty quite reasonably priced ($470~), and was more than enough for 7 people – contrary to the guy-behind-the-counter’s skepticism.  We opted to keep the bone in for the flavour, but if you’d rather stuff the lamb instead then they also offer butterflied portions.  If one cannot be assed to trek to Hang Hau, then the Meat Market is another option for these kinds of cuts, and more importantly: offers home delivery.  Lazy Hongkies, I know you all too well.

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4-B, G/F, Hang Hau Village, Tseung Kwan O

I’m not sure whether an introduction for Lardos is necessary.  This steakhouse has been around for the last 13 years, and I’m sure a ton of reviews have been written with far more gusto than I could ever amass in my dark, loathsome, fatigued lack of a gut, but I will say that if you are a steak lover and you have not trekked at least once to Lardos, you are missing out on a super deal.  And hell, if I can haul my lazy ass over to this village, so can you.  I don’t doubt that whatever Lardos is doing, they’re doing it right – apart from their complimentary salad bowls.  (That, I don’t understand, and I will never be a fan of stale lettuce, sorry.)   In any case, the place always seems to be fully booked for dinner service and you can understand why; when a 38oz Tomahawk steak on the special, grilled to medium rare perfection, comes to but $800 – yes, 38oz for 8hundo hongky hunky dollars… – allow getting swagged up for Soho, allow decking out on dinners where you’re selling your stomach short and where you can hear your wallet wailing and wishing you’d stop pulling and pinching his leather cheeks so damn hard.  Be kind to yourself.  Live, eat, pray… Love..  Eat.. Fuck it, just eat.

My boyfriend and I eat too much.  And when it comes to premium pieces of protein at damn pretty prices, we are so there.  We are there and we don’t care how to get there.  We’re there!  Before we went inside, we had a good look at the signage across the street and already knew this was going to be a hit or miss.  Having checked out openrice reviews, I was optimistic, but still anxious – a gem of a steakhouse tucked between chaan tengs and dai pai dong style eateries in a comparatively remote little village with unpretentious, no-fuss food at incredibly reasonable prices?  That’s like a foodie wet dream.  We walked in, admittedly an hour earlier than we booked because we didn’t know what else to do around there. (Note:  Hang Hau Village is actually quite close to Clearwater Bay Beach, but I’m sure HKUST kids already know this.)

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