Harrod’s food hall, London

While in London I made a quickie trip to Harrod’s food hall. This is only a tiny portion of what you can find there.

pizzeria

pizzeria

Easter chocolates

Easter chocolates

When I saw this one I got excited. And then I saw the “jelly” part and I cringed a little inside.

Cured ox tongue with jelly

Cured ox tongue with jelly

bakery and a Krispy Kreme

bakery and a Krispy Kreme

We bought a loaf of this to share. I think it gave us mild food poisoning. 😦

foccacia

foccacia

These Princi Rustici were yummy – basically mini stuffed croissants.

Princi Rustici Ham and Princi Rustici Spinach

Princi Rustici Ham and Princi Rustici Spinach

These were yummy too. They were basically cheese flavoured, flaky and buttery short bread.

cheese straws

cheese straws

mini fondant cakes

mini fondant cakes

And which photos didn’t I take? Well there’s a sushi bar, ice cream, cheese store, fancy chocolates, charcuterie, a huge selection of teas and coffees, and so on. A one stop, expensive shop!

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Captain Scott’s Fish and Chips, Edmonton (and finding good gouda)

Fish and chips

Fish and chips

I think one of the most unknown eateries in Edmonton must be Captain Scott’s Fish and Chips. Every time you talk to someone about fish and chips, they talk about places like Back Home or Brits, but hardly ever have I heard anyone mention Captain Scott’s.

Hidden in a strip mall next to the Circle Square building in the west end, the place is unassuming and even a little old. The decor inside is a strange mishmash of 80’s nautical style (complete with a fake giant swordfish on the wall) and a grandmother’s flowered living room. I’ve been coming here since the late 1980s or early 1990s, but they’ve apparently been around since 1963. The current owners are an Asian family but they’ve kept the same menu and serve English-style fish and chips, mushy peas, fried oysters, etc. Choose your fish from haddock, salmon, halibut or cod. They even have an all-you-can-eat special on Tuesdays, for those who want to cram their stomachs full of fish and chips.

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Tambun biscuits (tau sah peah) – Him Heang, Malaysia

tambun biscuit (tau sah peah)

Tambun biscuits, or tau sah peah, are round little cookies stuffed with green beans (a.k.a. mung beans). Flaky, dry, a little salty and savoury, they are a popular snack and boxes are often given as gifts. The ingredients of tambun biscuits are actually quite simple: wheat flour, green beans, fried shallot, vegetable oil and salt.

My grandmother insisted that we had to stop at Him Heang, a local bakery famous for these cookies. The place was packed and boxes were flying off the shelves. I think we only managed to get some because my grandmother, this persistent (and stubborn) little old lady, shoved her way to the front counter and shouted her order to the staff there.

Frankly, I was disappointed once I bit into them. They were so dry that you had to eat them with a drink handy. Although they weren’t greasy, I did find there was a bit of a greasy aftertaste – perhaps from the vegetable oil used? Also, the beans didn’t taste very strong at all and made me wonder why they even bothered to add the beans.

I ended up lugging two boxes of these with me onto the next leg of my trip – Hong Kong – and gave them away to people there, because no one else in my family wanted to take them back to Canada.

inside view of a tambun biscuit (tau sah peah)

inside view of a tambun biscuit (tau sah peah)

Him Heang Sdn. Bhd.
162-A Jalan Burma,
10050 Penang,
Malaysia