So just a little update to prove I am doing what I said I would (not that its particularly difficult – it involves eating food)
I’ve checked out a few places recently but only took half decent photos of 3 of them because I am a greedy guts and got fully distracted by shovelling food into my face.
So the first place I went to was a Korean place called Bari Bari, near Brick Lane. I heard the Bibimbap here was amazing – correct! I have never really tried different types of food (I’m not sure why not) but this is the whole reason for me setting myself ACHIEVABLE GOAL #1. Basically, Google says:
Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or doenjang (a fermented soybean paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The hot dish is stirred together thoroughly just before eating.
I opted for the vegetarian option (obviously) which came with mushrooms (I’m not sure if mushrooms are usually included in the non-veggie ones. The stone bowl it’s served in is hella hot, so when you stir it all together, the egg cooks and the rice gets all crispy and it’s just a crazy mix of deliciousness. 10/10 would recommend.
Meal number 2 was from a market, literally a block from my office (meal number 3 is from there too). Every Thursday there’s a small food truck market called The Kerb at the Gherkin. The food trucks change every week so there’s always something different. Best/worst thing that could ever happen to me is finding out majority of the trucks take card payments.
Meal #2 was from a Biff’s Jack Shack, serving “Filthy Vegan Junk Food” so of course, I had to get something. In my mind vegan and vegetarian options are always healthy because technically you’re replacing the meat with a vegetable options, right? I chose the burger, the patty looked like a piece of southern fried chicken (++) and it came with ‘cheese’, ‘bacon’ jam, and bourbon BBQ sauce. And a healthy portion of cajun fries. I just assumed the patty was Quorn or some sort of soya but (again) Google says it’s actually jackfruit! You’ll have to look up more info about that yourself because – while the fruit tastes good – it looks weird and it freaks me out a bit.
Meal #3 was today’s lunch, again from the market and again vegan. Vegan Massaman curry. Oof. Perfect amount of spice, huge portions, decent price. And it comes with a side of coleslaw and topped with crispy onions and peanuts.
Excuse me while I slip into a food coma.