Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pop Up Exhibition in New Cross this week

Fontless II is a 3 part collaborative music/visual performance about psychogeography - the act of urban exploration on foot and its application to join disparate resonances (emotional/sonic) through intervention and documentation.

Part I is created by Ben Absalom & Sam Bardsley, part II by Raimund Wong and part III by Oscar Oldershaw and Joe Campbell. All with live soundtrack by Maja Naga, this time with Toby S (mandolin and electric guitar), Camilo Tirado (tablas and percussion) and Raimund (ruan and guitar).

27th May 6 - 9pm, 28th May 1 - 9pm, 29th May 1 - 6pm

At 6pm on Friday there will be a screening of several films surrounding the subject, including The Solitary Life of Cranes.

Address & Transport:
Bond House Pop-up Space, Goodwood Road, SE14 6BL

Train: New Cross Gate/ New Cross
Buses: 343, 484, 21, 53, 172, 453, 136, 171, 177, 436, P12, P13

Facebook Event Page

Monday, May 16, 2011

China Trip 2011 - Food Diary (Beijing)

I posted about the Tofu Fa on Lamma island Hong Kong but what about the other delights I sampled on my trip? Well, it just so happens that I kept a food diary.
Warning the following posts may make induce serious munchies:

Thursday 31st March
Snack from outlet in hutong area: Weird triangular shaped snack with wafer like wrapping filled with egg custard and sweetcorn. Sweet and gloopy with crispy shell. Nothing special, forgot to take a photo.

Dinner @ Sijiminfu, Qianmen District
  • 1/2 a Roast Duck
  • Pancakes
  • Accompaniments for duck were the usual plum sauce, cucumber & spring onion with the delightful additions of pickled vegetables, red pickled ginger, roasted mashed garlic paste and a side of fresh mint, pea shoots and young salad leaves. We were also given some white sugar to dip the crispy duck skin in.
  • Cold dish of celery shoots with blanched almonds
  • Garlic shoots with pork and shrimps
  • Rice
  • Finished off with a bowl of duck stock broth.

Mmmm garlicy, top notch stuff. A very big thank you to Anxi for taking care of me in Beijing and making sure I was extremely well fed!

Friday 1st April
Breakfast @ my hotel: Steamed pork dumplings, plain congee with slithery shreds of pickled cabbage, watermelon.
Snack: Roasted sweet potato from street vendor

Lunch @ amazing Beijing snack restaurant. You walked through a corridor with stalls either side where traditional snacks here being cooked. As you entered the main seating area there was a stage with a guy straight out of central casting (grey Mao suit, long white beard, bald head, twinkle in his eyes) telling stories. The atmosphere was rowdy and not many people were taking notice of him but he bellowed on with his animated performance.
  • Cooked pear in syrup. Pleasant.
  • Sweet soup of white snow mushroom with goji berries, red beans and lotus seeds. Too musty for my tastes.
  • Red cubes of Chinese hawthorn apple jelly and yellow cubes of mung bean / pea? jelly cubes
  • Fried flour ring (doughnut)
  • Lian ta hou shou - long, friedBeijing pork dumplings with black vinegar for dipping. Crispy delicious.

Dinner @ Karaiya Spice Housein San li tun area, in 'the village' a big shopping mall which is part of a huge new (6 years old) development. Massive Apple Mac and Nike stores there.
  • Cold noodles made from fern root jelly with marinated cucumber
  • Sliced beef with chilli oil and spring onion
  • Chilled tofu cubes with diced chilli peppers
  • Mushroom stir fry served over hot wok like clay pot on table
  • Sizzling beef
  • Steamed perch
  • Ginger chicken (also served on table)

A delicious meal of Hunan food - previously an uncharted area for me. Whilst in China I made the discovery that Szechuan food isn't the only regional cooking to infuse dishes with a range of chillies, spice and salty delicious flavours, Hunan and Yunnan dishes are also very tasty.
Big thanks to Steve Barker for taking us to Karaiya Spice House.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Lucky Cat Series 5 Episode 11 (23rd April 2011) Podcast & Playlist

Joey Leung is in the studio to discuss the Terracotta Far East Film Festival. Joey also talks about his favourite custard bun! It was mighty fine too, not stingy on the custard filling and encased in soft pastry, yum.
Check out all the films showing at the Terracotta Festival here:

This is the last Episode of Lucky Cat Series 5. Whilst off air I will be podcasting so check this blog or join the Facebook group. Alternatively you can email me luckycatzoe at gmail.com to be added to the mailing list for random update emails.


  • 回憶,旋轉,舞步 (Memories Swirling Dances) - Marshmallow Kisses (from CD Ciao Baby - great 60's cover art, see above)
  • Love Without End - from the Lin Dai film, not actually sung by Lin Dai dubbed bvy another singer - not sure who?!
  • Eye Wonder - AM444 (Cha Cha & Jay Soul)
  • Broke (我們搖搖欲墜 Station Mix) - Marshmallow Kisses (from CD Ciao Baby)
  • Where Have All The Flowers Gone - The Peanuts(Hit Parade Vol 5 LP)
  • Slow Running Water? - Amy Yip EP
  • Summertime - Jackie Mittoo
  • Mimi & The Five Petals track, more to follow from this great LP....