Portobello Road Market is one of the top ten most popular tourist destination in England. It is opened only on Saturdays, from 8am to 5pm. Once again it was May who recommended me to pay this world largest antique market a visit. oh boy, this market is really large!- spanning across numerous roads and it was bustling with people of all sorts. Portobello to London is like Xi Men Ding is to Taipei.
we got off Notting Hill Gate Station and followed the road signs all the way to the main entracne of the market. of coz as not-so-well-off students, antique shops are just for window shopping and ooh-ing and ahh-ing. this is a fleas market of some sort, u can virtually find anything here : antique dolls, grandfather's clock, clothes, accessories, books, pictures, telescopes, silverwares. if u wana skip the antiques section, hop off Ladbroke Grove Station which is at the other end of the market , the clothes and accesseories section is near this end.
my fren asked me did i buy anything? i nodded my head n pointed at m stomach, "there're in here". i broke my own record, GBP 10 pounds for SIX diff pastries and bakeries in one day.
welcome to Portobello market
toys for kidos
me and Nurul reached there around noon and was starving. we searched helplessly for a food stall among the myriad of antique shops and stalls. our eyes lit up when we spotted this bakery...
i overheard a lady exclaiming excitedly " oh! we must check this shop out! this is the next best to xxxx shop( sorry, cldnt rmbr wat famous shop she mentioned). they featured this shop in Sex and The City! come on in!" she got me all excited too! we elbowed our way in and was greeted by the sights of cupcakes laced with colourful icings , cupcakes garnished with silver edible beads and muffins!
to try out sth diff frm the usual sweet-tasting choc, blueberry muffins, i bought a spinach & cheese muffin. salty muffins, mmm~. dilemma, dilemma, which cupcake to choose? i chose the Red Velvet cupcake, (sweet&salty) which was a velvet red cake coated by white cheese icings. tasty and pretty. Nurul bought this giant oat-bran cookie which was the size of her head, it was really thick! Satiated, we continued on our food quest. not long after we passed all those antiques stalls, we reached the FOOD section. Oo la la~i was squealling with delight when i saw this crepes stall, but the price tag was like a cold bucket of water splashing down me...nvm, wang4 mei2 ci2 ke3.salivating....suan le, i 'll go back to hv my roti canai's!strawberries and nutella toppingsveggies & fruitsthe variety of spices on salemy euphoric mood came to an end when i stopped by this pastry stall. surprised huh? shldnt me the food queen be on cloud nine? well, u see, this nasty old lady forbid me from taking pictures of her precious pastries because i was "just taking pictures and do not intend to buy them". i retorted that i was going to buy! (hey, i walked all the way here juz for these loh!) when i stood there contemplating which to choose she got impatient, i think the last straw for here was when i caught sight of another stall nearby and walked off to compare price. u noe wat tt lady did? she shouted " LIAR!" after me!!! wat the F***!!! in the end i marched back and bought 2 items frm that lady just to show her am NOT a liar k? (the other stall offered less choice) was very upset and on the verge of tears..... anw, enuf of this. i bought an apple duno wat ( sorry la, no mood to rmbr the name pun) and a peccan tart. the peccan tart was OMG tasty! each bite is followed by *crunch crunch* n *munch munch*, lots of nuts, and the pastry was thick, striking a balance with the sweet filling.
the apple thingy i had for lunch. k...officially announce am a bit sick of apple n cinnamon.. my peccan tart
i must rave abt this Popina food artist stall, the pastries are really artfully " crafted", so beautiful that i dun think anyone can bring themselves to destroy the art piece with their teeth. i bought a spanish bean &read pepper tart and a fruit strudel which was really fruity, the outer crust was like biscuit while the inner part was stuffed with colourful fruit slices. this is my second favourite next to the peccan tart. the bean tart was delicious too, but the pastry part is too thin. by the time i reached malaysian hall it was a it crushed..i was attracted by the bright orange and red hue, which really got me drooling at 1st sight.luv the mushy texture of the beans. spanish beans and red pepper tart
fruit strudelcheck out the crust and the fruits
Nurul spotted this Malaysian restaurant near the undertunnel of a bridge called " Makan " which literally spells " Malaysian Food". we went in for a short break where Nurul savoured a tofu sumbat with kuah kacang which was authentically Malaysian. we saw a few westerners dining in here too.hehe, malaysian good is plate-licking good, no?
egg tarts from Leceister Square China town marked the end of my food feast for the day. 's all May's fault that i'm addicted to eggtarts now=p. during summer hol in Penang, i wld buy any eggtarts that i come in sight. this egg tart from china town was freshly baked, the juice dribbled into my mouth when i took a bite of my dan tat. the egg filing was so soft and tender.love the way thebakerwhocooks described the yellow color of egg tarts as the color of the sun. ahhhhhh! very xin fu!