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CHEESE to the British ≈ LYCHEE to the Chinese

September 24, 2009
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“Cheese to the British is like what Lychee is to the Chinese”

unsubstantiated, presumptuous quote from some quirky, cackling blog author

Indeed.  Amen.  Selah.  Cheese is AWESOME.  So is LYCHEE.  If only somebody made some sort of LYCHEE CHEESE.  Notice the mathematical “almost equal to” sign I used above?  Yah?   Nice.  But yes.  LYCHEE CHEESE….That’d be amazing, if it existed.  But would that mean a cow would have to eat pounds and pounds of lychee in order to produce Lychee flavoured milk?

But DANG, Cheese is so CHEAP here, in the UK!  200 grams of a Gruyere or a tasty local Leiscestershire is only like 1.5 GBP – 2 GBP.  Granted, that’s at Salisbury’s, but that Leicestershire was pretty tasty still. I’m guessing even at a higher end cheese shops, the prices would be comparable, and just a bit higher.  But certainly not the $8 – $10 CDN (or more) that it costs for the same thing!  Everything else might be double the price here, but Cheese certainly is half the price (or more!).  Actually, I admit, there’s a lot of inexpensive “groceries” here, that is comparable in price to your local T & T or local grocery store.  And, if you look carefully, accessing the inner thrifty Chinese ancestor within, you can find some decent take out sandwiches and food that is comparable to Vancouver prices.  In rare instances, equivalent food and quality will even be cheaper too!  ..Well, maybe I see this b/c I’m not quite in Central London, but hop around it’s outer edges, which are the boroughs of Lewisham, New Cross, and Brockley.  Still considered “Inner Boroughs” though (which means basically, more expensive).

But I digress from Cheese and Lychee.

(Repeated line of the day: But would that mean a cow would have to eat pounds and pounds of lychee in order to produce Lychee flavoured milk?)

Hmm..I don’t know what else to say about Cheese, or lychee.  My repeated line of the day just simply stole the show.

(But would that mean a cow would have to eat pounds and pounds of lychee in order to produce Lychee flavoured milk?)


P.S.  Stay tuned tomorrow for REAL PICS about Fish & Chips!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Raymond Cheung permalink
    September 25, 2009 4:07 am

    Hi Nathan! It’s great to hear from you and the culinary delights of Camelot.:-) Are there any good restaurants for congee and phoa in London?

  2. arisenphoenix permalink*
    September 25, 2009 9:58 pm

    Hahah. Surprisingly, I’ve seen some Vietnamese restaurants around my area. Kind of like the Rupert area of London. But I have no idea if they’re any good. haha. i should try one, but I’m too cheap to pay for potentially bad food.

  3. September 26, 2009 11:52 pm

    The quality of ethnic foods differs from country to country and city to city. I’ve had bad Chinese food and good Vietnamese food in Montreal. You have bad Mexican food in Vancouver, but good Mexican food in the U.S. I hear that, in England, Indian food would be your best bet.

  4. Jon Ng permalink
    October 20, 2009 12:22 am

    I second Randal’s suggestion. Also, take a gander at which countries the UK has colonized (quite a lot), see which of these countries have substantial diaspora communities in London, and you’ll be likely to have a safe bet at some cheapo ethnic cuisine.

    This method, of course, isn’t foolproof–there is decent Ethiopian cuisine here in Vancouver, where an African once asked my sister “where are all the black people in this city?” At least I think it’s decent.

    The cheapest cheapest thing you could actually do is to cook said ethnic food yourself. Or go vegetarian. Or go dumpster diving.

    • arisenphoenix permalink*
      October 21, 2009 10:26 pm

      haha. woa, that was a late reply to a very old post!!! Since then, I’ve discovered some great fish and chips, and learned where to find “decent” Chinese food, and even some surprisingly home-cooked tasting dry vietnamese dishes. The only problem is that the value is not worth the price. The taste of some the local Chinese kitchens in my area is nice, b/c it tastes home-cooked (or like a congee noodle house or an okay “HK kitchen type” restaurant. And Pho, man, I can’t find reasonable prices on that! But yes, hunting the affordable Indian food is the trick.

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