London and Vietnamese Summer Rolls

People in the UK may have noticed during the end of December and a lot of January, it has been raining (No **** Sherlock) and causing floods. Our flat had a leak – downstairs flat had a leak – my girlfriends trains been cancelled etc etc.

One miraculous Saturday was forecast to have no rain. My girlfriend and I thought brilliant – we should utilise this by being outside! We decided to walk from our flat to China Town (roughly an hour and a half walk).

We started the Saturday off by having a sausage sandwich for breakfast – one needs energy before they go for a walk. The sausage sandwich was delicious!
So then we went on our walk, along roads and then the River Thames. We walk past a lot of construction work – lots of cranes to build lots of sky scrapers (which will probably cost a fortune to buy) and ended up at Vauxhall Bridge. We crossed Vauxhall Bridge and in no time at all (Hour and 40 minutes) we were walking around Soho deciding to where to eat lunch.

We went to loch Fyne which is a great fish chained restaurant.

For Starter we both had 3 oysters each (It was exciting to eat 3! Each oyster was delicious – with tobasco and a shallot dressing).

For main my girlfriend had Tuna Steaks with Noodles, Clams and a Chilli, Lime and Coriander Dressing. (Tuna was tasty, dish was tasty).

I had Steamed Salmon, with a tomato salsa, samphire and French fries. It was the first time I tried Samphire and thought they were alright (I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat them but would happily eat them if thrust upon me).

My girlfriend for dessert had Rhubarb and Custard Cheesecake. I had three bites, which I regretted (Hell to pay from my girlfriend!).

After that we walked to China Town and bought the ingredients for Vietnamese Spring Rolls as well as Sake and Shaosing wine.

We then walked to Waterloo station and over Hungerford bridge when the sun was setting. There was a fabulous view of the London eye and parliament with the sunset in the background. We stayed and admired the view for a few minutes before going to Waterloo and going home.

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Vietnamese Sping rolls – Fun to make, simple to make, tasty, lovely dipping sauce and it’s quite healthy!
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Serves: 2 – 4
Prep Time – 20 minutes
Cooking Time – 0 minutes


Vietnamese Summer Rolls:
Prawns, cooked
Vermicelli noodles
1 carrot, julienned
Handful of bean sprouts
Handful of coriander
Handful of basil
Rice paper (circular)

Dipping Sauce:
1 large red chilli, finely chopped
1 tbsp soft brown sugar
2 tbsp Thai fish sauce
1 lime, juice only


Vietnamese Summer Rolls:
Par boil the noodles for a minute.
Rinse in cold water.
Place rice paper in luke warm water for 90 seconds, until malleable.
Place on a work surface.
Place prawns two thirds of the way down the rice paper.
Place a mixture of all other ingredients on top of the prawns.
Fold over the edges.
Roll into a spring roll.

Dipping Sauce:
Mix all the ingredients together.




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