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Gyoza

Gyoza

Usually Gyoza is served with white rice, Ramen noodles, Chahan egg fried rice or other Chinese origin dishes.

Gyoza with Bread

Gyoza with Bread

Today, as I baked a loaf of bread and served with the Gyoza kept in the freezer.

Actually, it could be a good combination, though the soy sauce for Gyoza may be changed with other vinegar based sauces.

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I remember that the only one moisture and nice taste bread used in sandwich sold in major supermarkets in the UK – rye bread with caraway seeds as I ate the bread yesterday with the soup I made.

Rye Bread with Caraway Seeds

Rye Bread with Caraway Seeds

I like the bread but just one little thing I do care is that the really thinly sliced bread sold in the UK. Whereever possible I tend to choose non-sliced bread but if all the loafs are already sliced, I tend to have to choose only 7 mm thinkness sliced loaf.

For sandwich use, I prefer at least 1cm thickness and for dinner bread use, 3cm or more is preferred. It seems people in the UK tend to mount jam, butter or other spreads on the 7mm thickness toasts and I always see them with belief that they are eating jam with toast.

On the other day, when we went to Wales, the toasts soaked in butter in the English breakfast were also only 7 mm thickness and we ate them with knife and fork.

Most of the wholewheat bread taste like with seeds for birds and almost all bread is very dry. If thickness of the sandwich bread used for the sandwich sold in the UK is about 1cm or more, it could hold a litte more moisture in the sandwich bread as least.

I used to buy rye bread sandwich with egg and tomato salad in the high street sandwich shop in London at lunch, even though there are other choices for different sandwich for lunch everyday.

When I had time, I used to make sandwich at 6 a.m. in the morning several years ago. It seemed the next door did not like the noise from the kitchen such early in the morning.

Nowadays, I have seem quite a lot of people taking their lunch boxes to their work everyday. Off course £8 for sandwich and coffee everyday is too expensive isn’t it. Whole living cost for average standard life in London is still too expensive in comparison to other cities in the world.

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Le Pain Quotidien

I was very happy as I at last found an acceptable French sandwich cafe called Le Pain Quotidien in London last year.

Despite the fact that UK is one of the most developed countries in the world, most of foreigners who are not given factual information of the UK before they come to the UK are very often surprised with the taste of ready meals sold everywhere in the country. Most of the baguette sold in London is different from the baguette in France and other areas in the world.

Le Pain Quotidien use authentic French baguette, which has hard, crispy outside and moisture soft inside. The ingredients such as smoked chicken breast, the quality is purely high without obvious additives in the taste and it may not be possible to buy in supermarkets in London I believe. The vegetable salad is super fresh and even the dressing is original mix of purely tasteful ingredients at proper amount of seasonings which reveals the freshness and quality of the ingredients they use confidently.

The only con is the price – GBP8 for a sandwich and drink. Well, I can not blame just for the price, however, in this regard I expect UK deflation to progress deeper in the near future to the proper level of value for money in global standard.

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