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Cheap Eats Around Leicester Square, London

Being one of the busiest tube stations and main tourist attractions in London means that the restaurant space around Leicester Square is, inevitably, snapped up by big rich chains with cash available to them. Two Aberdeen Angus Steakhouses flank the Square, with Strada, Garfunkels, McDonald's and KFC by their sides. For something decent to eat and so you don't feel like you've been wheeled in and churned out, you need to look a little harder. Here are our top five picks. More

Traditional Braised Daikon from 'Hiroko's American Kitchen'

Does Hiroko explain why the rice is cooked with it and then discarded?

Snapshots from Hong Kong: Head to Ngau Kee Before It Closes on Sunday

Nooooooo! I went to Kau Kee on Gough Street for beef brisket when I was there last November. I totally should have gone here.

Snapshots from Hong Kong: Gold Coin Chicken, aka Cholesterol Sandwich, from Manor Restaurant

Lin Heung Kui in Causeway Bay do this too, though it's char siu sandwiching pork fat and chicken liver, without the bun. SO RICH and the last thing we ordered after a full trolley service yum cha. I thought I was going to expire from fullness.

Fish Pie

Looks great! Agree about the cheese - fish and cheese a no in my house. Interesting addition of peas to the fish pie mix, I always have them on the side. I also add the fish and seafood raw to the thick sauce as I find usually the bake in the oven is sufficient to cook the fish to just-right.

Fancy Crisps from England and Ireland: Tyrrell's and Keogh's

Being a terrible Salty Snack Addict I am a huge fan of crisps (as they're called over here). We don't get those secret flavours either! Well, at least I haven't seen them. I did a trip to Burts factory once and the whole crisp-making process is fascinating. Eating a hot crisp off the production belt was pretty great too.

British-Style Beans on Toast

A true Brit would crack open a can of Heinz beans, warm them through with a pat of butter, slop them onto toast and cover in cheese! These look delicious.

The Nasty Bits: Spicy and Tingly Lamb's Face Salad from Xian Famous Foods

amazing. Now can you replicate the tofu dish from there too? I need it. London doesn't have it!

Chichi's Chinese: Tofu Skin, Part One

I'm a huge fan of tofu sticks; especially braised in a little chicken stock and then dressed with chilli oil, pickled chillis and spring onion oil.

Slurped: Thick Knife Peel Noodles at Uncle Zhou in Elmhurst

I wish I'd known about this stomach rubbing trick after I ate so much sushi at an All You Can Eat that I almost barf'd.

What's The Best Airplane Meal You've Ever Had?

God I love airplane food. I've never flown anything but coach (sob) but the best meals were Thai Airways and most recently, Etihad to Dubai. Great curry. My main rule when offered a choice is always to go with the cuisine of the airline's country. My neighbour's chicken pasta on Etihad looked positively grim.

Delta was probably the worst; I declined it, and I've never been known to decline food.

Chichi's Chinese: Silken Tofu with Chili Oil

this looks delicious. Adding another request for Xi'an Famous Foods' tofu dish too, I was insanely addicted to it and there's no such place in London that makes anything even close to it!

Your Guide to a Full English Breakfast (Fry-Up)

Whoa there with the kippers on a fry-up! They're a great British breakfast in their own right, but no way with the rest.

I always have eggs, bacon, sausage, grilled tomato (a lot of cafes serve warmed tinned whole tomatoes - bleugh), bubble & squeak or fried bread. If there are hash browns available I'ld go for this US import because there are no greater potato product for a morning meal. Beans are also great, though for some reason runny egg yolk plus beans makes me feel weird so I have to make a sausage dam to ensure they don't mix (this is making me sound a bit odd, isn't it... ).

Ketchup essential for fried potato products, brown sauce essential for sausage.

Lotus Blue in Tribeca: Pricey Modern Yunnan Fare

I thought it was a well balanced and fair review. I haven't had much experience of Yunnan cuisine, but given the look of the dishes you'd think they'd be packed full of flavour. Shame.

London: Pizza Pilgrims Can Satisfy Your Olympic-Sized Pizza Craving

Hi Jamie - Perhaps I haven't eaten enough of it, but I thought it did taste a little like chorizo with it's heat & spiciness. Will investigate.

What to Eat at Borough Market, London

Borough Market is wonderful, but the nearby Maltby Street market (Saturdays only) is pretty ace too. The tourists haven't discovered it yet...

Snapshots from Singapore: 10 Must-Eat Singaporean Breakfasts

Sob. If only we could get these breakfasts in London!

Mushy Peas

While I love pea puree mushy peas is a different beast, made from marrowfat peas and is a duller green, and more starchy. I love them with a good shake of malt vinegar and loads of salt.

13 Classic British Foods We Love

I've never heard of reform lamb cutlets and I've been in Britain for 13 years! Chicken tikka masala is very British, invented I believe by an Indian chef in Scotland adding a tin of tomato soup to chicken tikka. Surprised not to see fish, chips n' mushy peas on there.

The Nasty Bits: Shrimp Heads

I LOVE prawn heads, they're so tasty; my local fishmonger has these huge prawns that have such a vivid orange juice in the head that they stain any wooden cooking utensils. Awesome.

Cheap Eats Around Leicester Square, London

@ Vibeke I haven't found any cheaper in London, alas. Compared to the street stalls in Malaysia though, I can see where you're coming from!

Pearly Meatballs (Chinese Pork Meatballs with Glutinous Rice)

This looks awesome; I've never tried it but it reminds me of the Sichuan mizheng rou - meat coated in ground rice and steamed.

We Taste Every Kind of Spam

Being a child growing up in Asia Spam is very much integral to my diet. Fried in a dry non stick pan so that the slice goes crispy, my favourite application is on top of instant noodles. MSG bomb right there. Spamcakes (spring onion pancakes with spam mashed in) converted my spam-hatin' friends.

Kedgeree (British Curried Rice With Smoked Haddock)

I often make this in my rice cooker, all you have to do is fry the spices first and then mix it all it and leave it to do it's thing, adding the smoked haddock halfway, without having to watch a pan. It's a great hangover cure, especially with a poached egg on top.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Ooh I can't wait for the Spam post - please tell me there is one - god I love that stuff.

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