Mandarin classes finished for the year, but that doesn't stop me or many others still speaking in Mandarin... I'm still bad at it. Still need to listen more. And I need to stop finding and watching Korean dramas!! One classmate decided to have a gathering between her old classmates and this years classmates... Unfortunately a lot of them couldn't make it, so it ended being only three of us! That's a shame... couldn't order many dishes... :(
It was decided we would go to My Old Place 老地方 (Mando: lao di fang, lit. Old Place) which is situated in the East Central side of London. I rarely eat in the East Central side... I think I need to find more places in the East! This is a much talked about place from the Chinese as well as the English, as the food is cheapish and it's a place to eat spicy food, northern Chinese style. I rarely eat northern Chinese food except for Peking duck and dumplings, so it was a different experience coming to this restaurant...
|Outside My Old Place 老地方|
|A bad picture of the lower ground floor...|
The guests were mainly Cantonese and Mandarin speakers... The waiters and waitresses spoke in Mandarin, so my Cantonese wouldn't have helped in this situation. We sat next to a Chinese family of three who looked like tourists.
|An old bowl with my Tsing Tao beer|
Ok, so what did we order...
First was this dish ordered by my female classmate. 茄子. (mando: qiezi; canto: keh ji)... I actually had loads of aubergine the night before. And it tasted like this... A lot of people eat this... This isn't a spicy dish but enriched with a thick sauce. There's a lot of aubergine to get through for three people!!
|Aubergine 茄子 with the big bowl of rice|
|Fried Pickled Peppers with Cuttlefish 泡椒炒鲜鱿|
|Dried Fried Sweet and Sour Pork 锅爆肉|
My geeky rating: 4.5/5
- Seating is in old Chinese style... sharing a table if you can!
- Tasty northern Chinese dishes
- Inexpensive :D
- Bowls are a bit worn... need new tableware
- Service is a bit slow, but it was very busy that night... And it was a Tuesday too! Blimey!
Address: 88-90 Middlesex St London E1 7EZ
Telephone: 020 7247 2200
Telephone: 020 7247 2200
Website: http://www.oldplace.co.uk/ (This website hasn't been updated for years, so expect to pay a little more than what it says on the website. There's also a few more dishes added onto the actual menu)...
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p.s. I did an hour's presentation at work on this day... so I really deserved this dinner (^_^)v ... didn't even tweet or moan about it! That's how good it was :D