Thai Street Food

I haven’t had much luck with Thai restaurants in the UK. They lack the vibrancy one gets when eating on the streets in Thailand.

Authentic Thai street food Portsmouth

But Noodels in Portsmouth is different. Starting with condiment sets for sweet, sour, chilli flakes and crushed peanuts.

As well as help yourself to water.

Hot and sourTom Yum Kung Portsmouth

The menu is nice and simple offering typical Thai street food and Chinese noodles. The prices are reasonable and portions generous.

Thai street food Portsmouth

The beef noodles are particularly good even if as I believe, they are stewed in a wine base. I also enjoyed the crispy pork which is served with rice.

Traditional English breakfast

For a traditional English breakfast try the Riviera Cafe in Selsey.

Traditional full English breakfast Selsey, Chichester Harbour

Eggs are always fresh, nice big plate, great service.

Reminds me a bit of a throwback to a 60’s Diner. But that might just be because I always had a good meal at this restaurant

Restaurants in Selsey, Chichester Harbour

Midhurst

Another excellent meal at The Angel in Midhust

Pub lunch Midhurst

Although I have to admit that it was their three course, fifteen pounds ninety five lunch time special, that first persuaded me to take another look this old English Coaching Inn. Since when, I have been back a couple of times.

That and the crumble, on their apple crumble.

Apple crumble Midhurst West Sussex

The menu has since changed. As has the Chef if I am not mistaken.

But the food is always good with options such as Argentinean steaks, Seafood Casserole, a selection of locally caught fresh seafood cooked in a rich Tomato & Herb jus flavoured with Fennel & Celery. Or Bentley Bangers.  Homemade Sausages served on a bed of bubble & squeak mash. To follow tradition with English Trifle, Walnut and Honey Tart, Bentley Brulee or a  platter of local cheese and pickles.

Cheese platter Midhurst West Sussex

Indian curry Chichester

After finding Indian rice pudding at Darbar in Emsworth, flavoured with cardomen, I think, I decided to try their other restaurant, Thyme & Chillies just outside Chichester near the Marina on the Witterings road.

Indian restaurants Chichester

Despite not having had much experience with Indian food I thought their samosas were perfect. Crisp and flavoursome.

Indian samosas in Chichester

Good service, formal, attentive yet welcoming at the same time.

Thyme & Chillies restaurant Chichester

Not sure what I ordered other than it was a tasty mild mutton curry which I ate with a basket of different naan breads and roti. But no cardomen flavoured rice pudding on the menu. Instead I opted for coconut balls served with a pistachio ice cream

Indian curry in Chichester

Authentic Indian food Chichester

Black pudding scotch egg

The fist time I came across a scotch egg with black pudding was when I was in Oxford. I was busy, in a bit of a rush. But paused to glance through the menu outside a pub in one of the side streets.

I couldn’t stop. Just made a mental note to pop back another time.

Which I never did.

Scotch egg with black pudding Brighton

I then got my chance to try one a few weeks later at The Croque Shop in Brighton.

Scotch egg with black pudding

And again at the Farmers Market in Chichester which is held every first and third Friday each month.

The Little Shop

I was actually looking for the non-descript little restaurant offering a breakfast buffet that I found yesterday. When I bumped into the Little Shop in Market St at the bottom end in Brighton.

The best sandwich shop in Brighton

It was the soups which caught my eye. A choice of half a dozen different soups. I don’t know why it is but everyone else restricts to the ubiquitous Soup of the Day which is invariably the same as the next. This was a welcome change

Homemade soups in Brighton

Wild edible vegetables

I am not sure what this is. It is apparently Chaem. But more than that I do not know.

Fresh wild vegetables Thailand

That is other than the fact that it is crisp, has a slightly sweet taste and is delicious when eaten fresh with Nam phrik kapi

Crispy French Toast

Recipe for French Toast

Author Notes: Savoury, crispy French toast. Salty, with a heavy kick of black pepper. This was one of my favorite Sunday breakfasts growing up, the smell of the toasts frying up a scent memory that still takes me back.

This fried bread I grew up eating, called khara pao (khara means “spicy”), is South Asia’s answer to French toast, typically served with a kicked-up tomato ketchup. My family was partial to black pepper, but I’ve seen turmeric, chili powder, cayenne and even cumin added. And South Asia’s not the only one that goes the savoury route. In other cultures, they do similar-style “eggy toasts” – Italy’s has mozzarella and tomato sauce, Russia’s is simple salt, egg and milk, and Hungary serves theirs with onions, tomatoes, ketchup and even mayonnaise…

This version is so ridiculously easy to make, and requires ingredients we all usually have on hand. I’m a savoury brunch person myself, and this is such a delicious alternative to the sweet version. The crispy, salty, pepper-heavy toast dipped in a cool, spicy, slightly sweet, tomato-ey ketchup is a truly heavenly combination that will quickly move into your go-to, I-have-leftover-bread-and-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-it rotation. Breakfast or even as a mid-afternoon snack – enjoy! – aliyaleekong

5 eggs
3 tablespoons half-and-half
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons green onions, finely chopped (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped (optional)
Vegetable oil
Butter
8 (1/2″) slices day-old bread*, cut on the diagonal
Sauce:

Ketchup
Sriracha In a bowl or baking dish, beat together eggs with half-and-half, salt, pepper, green onions, and cilantro. Heat a medium or large skillet over medium-high heat. Cover the bottom of the skillet with vegetable oil and add a tablespoon or two of butter for taste. Dip the bread triangles into the egg batter, drain off any excess, and place straight into the hot pan. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes on each side – you want to develop a golden-brown color and the texture should be crispier than traditional French toast. Place cooked toasts on a paper towel-lined plate or rack to drain. In a small bowl, mix together ketchup and hot sauce to your desired heat tolerance. Serve toasts warm with a side of the spicy ketchup. *I like to use a country or pullman loaf for this. You want it to stand up to the egg batter and not get mushy, so I always go for a day-old loaf.

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Restaurants in Cape Town

Where to eat in Cape Town

We offer a wide selection of healthy, light meals including this Goats Cheese Salad with roasted tomato, beetroot and marinated cucumber.

NV-80 offers guests intimate indoor dining, an alfresco balcony for sundowners and a chic centre bar, giving one a sense that is far removed from its shopping centre location. It’s a Cuba meets vintage hotel dinning room ambience with bright lemon and teal hues set amongst tall palm trees. Fluorescent finishes coat classic cast aluminium, Windsor dining chairs wear metal feet and copper accents compliment mighty matchstick blinds. NV-80’s menu is an amalgamation of the Gonçalves’ favourites dishes offering tender Chalmar steaks as well as fresh seafood.