Phât Phúc Noodle Bar, Chelsea

It’s a tough life; shopping, eating, sitting around drinking coffee… so when we stumbled across Phât Phúc Noodle Bar in Chelsea we came to the quick conclusion that we deserved a nice bowl of noodles. Whilst the noodle bar is outdoors it’s warm and cosy. A note of warning: there’s a real danger of reminiscing of travels to far away places – the two Sarah’s and me were left with travelling blues with a particular focus on Thailand. And so we were left grumpy… grumpy and hungry, what a terrible combination…
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But the food arrived quickly and we were soon left full to the brim and full of smiles…

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*Phew*. Myself and Sarah had the prawn laksa which had 4-5 big juicy prawns in it. The other Sarah had the vegetable laksa which featured mange tout, broccoli, mushrooms and tofu among other goodies.

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And so we left happy. Of course we had a good giggle at the whole “Phât Phúc” thin which we learnt actually means Happy Buddha (thank goodness).

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Chilli and Garlic Prawns with Noodles

Chilli and Garlic Prawns with Noodles

Prawns are perfect on a warm, summery evening. This dish is fresh and crisp yet the noodles fill you up – just what you want from a supper.

Ingredients (serves 2):
1 bunch of spring onions
200g of fresh bean sprouts
250g of cooked prawns (or raw if you prefer)
3 cloves of garlic
1 red chilli
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp of groundnut oil
100g egg noodles

Method:

1. Begin my cooking the noodles (as instructed on the packaging). Once drained, run cold water over them and then set aside.

2. Heat 1 tbsp of groundnut oil and add the bean sprouts and the majority of spring onions. Cook until softened, at which point add in the noodles. Add a little extra oil if they need loosening.

3. Once the noodles are heated through remove them from the pan (or wok if you have one). Pop them onto a serving dish and wipe down the pan.

4. Return the pan to the heat and heat 1 tbsp of groundnut oil. Cook of the crushed garlic and chopped chilli for about a minute, take the pan off the heat and turn down the temperature if it browns too quickly.

5. Add the prawns and mix together. Add the light brown sugar and soy sauce. Allow the mixture to simmer lightly to heat the prawns through.

6. Put the prawn mixture on top of the noodles and sprinkle the remaining raw spring onions on top.

I have the leftover for my lunch tomorrow. I can’t wait to enjoy it in the sun.

Chop & Wok

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I was drawn to the idea of Chop & Wok after hearing ‘takeaway’ and ‘healthy’ in the same sentence. What really should have been said was, a ‘healthier’ alternative to your standard Chinese takeaway. Mainly because you order your one box of goodies and that’s you done. No dibbling and dabbling in a bit of this and a bit of that… after all I come from a family who orders a selection of dishes and then we all share. I am very aware that this infuriates some people. Well to them I say, Chop & Wok is your place. It took bang on an hour to arrive, as stated it would on the website. We ordered on a Friday night at around 8pm so we were ready for the wait. One thing I loved about this takeaway was the fact that there was NO washing up at the end, nothing, not even a fork. The delivery arrived with chopsticks, plastic forms, wipes and of course came in the iconic Chinese takeaway boxes. Also, we got a freebie with our order, a free side! With every order over £15 Chop & Wok give you a free side. No choice so it’s pot luck as to what you get. Luckily I’m not fussy so this wasn’t as issue. Personally, I thought we should have got 2 free sides because we spent over £40 but that’s me being greedy. Plus, they forgot our prawn cracker which we paid for!!

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The online menu is really cool, letting you choose from a huge selection of goodies. I went for rice noodles, black bean sauce, salmon, prawns and pak choi. They were pretty stingy on the salmon, prawns and pak choi so it was pretty much a huge pile of noodles with a flake of salmon here and there. I wouldn’t choose the rice noodles again as it was a little mushy. The annoying this was that I tried my friends ones and there’s tasted MUCH better. They all either had egg noodles or rice, had meat (duck or chicken) and had Tokyo honey and lime sauce. Isn’t that the worst… when you’re bitterly disappointed with your own meal and the next person is munching away having a brilliant time.

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So, I’m willing to give Chop and Wok another go. I’m sure I got the rotten end of the stick on this occasion (I hope anyway – I don’t want too many more rotten sticks). If you’re going to give Chop and Wok a go, learn from my mistakes… get something meaty! No flimsy noodles or fish.