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Congee in London?

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peekaboo1 Jan 9, 2009 10:37 AM

Is there anywhere that serves congee in London? Do any of the restaurants on Queensway serve it or would I have to go to Chinatown? Thanks.

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    soisbelle RE: peekaboo1 Feb 19, 2009 03:03 AM

    Yes, I would really love to know too - in Chinatown or anywhere in London!

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      pj26 RE: soisbelle Feb 19, 2009 05:13 AM

      I know Yauatcha has congee

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        peekaboo1 RE: pj26 Feb 20, 2009 06:28 AM

        I wasn't particularly impressed with the congee there and there was limited choice. I'm surprised that there aren't more places serving it. In fact I've even struggled to find instant congee here - does anyone know if Oriental City or anywhere in Chinatown sells it?

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          DollyDagger RE: peekaboo1 Feb 20, 2009 11:02 AM

          Oriental City has been closed for a while now.

          Phoenix Palace used to do it - not sure if they still do. Worth a try though.

          Culinary Hags review: http://culinaryhags.blogspot.com/2005...
          http://www.london-eating.co.uk/2447-2...

          Chuen Cheng Ku were still serving congee as of September 2008:

          http://www.london-eating.co.uk/359.htm

          Have you tried the Korean places around Centrepoint?

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            peekaboo1 RE: DollyDagger Feb 21, 2009 02:25 AM

            Oriental City's supermarket re-opened on Queensway a while back under the same name I think.

            I haven't tried the Korean places - do they serve congee? I never get further than bibimbap on a korean menu as I love the stuff.

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              DollyDagger RE: peekaboo1 Feb 21, 2009 03:19 AM

              Ah I thought you meant the food court, which hasn't relocated en masse though some of the stalls have set up restaurants of their own.

              I haven't tried the places around Centrepoint yet - will ask around.

              Another thought - Hanna Supermarket (Korean) on Store St WC1 has a cafe underneath that may do it. If they don't, the staff will certainly know where to find it in London.

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                JFores RE: DollyDagger Feb 23, 2009 11:24 AM

                Wow! I can't believe I didn't know about this place meanwhile I go to uni a few blocks away (and I've been in the store loads of times.) They've got a two item menu at the counter and you order there. The bibimbap is 4 quid and the jaeyook dupbap is 4.50. I had the latter and it was really good! The portion is enormous, you get a miso soup with it, and you get a plate of kimchee. I'll be trying out the bibimbap tomorrow or Wednesday! I'm still amazed that this place flew (literally) under my radar for over a year meanwhile I was regularly buying tofu there once a week a few months ago.

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                  DollyDagger RE: JFores Feb 23, 2009 12:28 PM

                  I'm really pleased you enjoyed it. It's always been popular with UCL & SOAS students, as well as British Museum staff. Can't believe I didn't think to recommend it sooner!

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                    JFores RE: DollyDagger Feb 25, 2009 02:03 AM

                    Had the bibimbap as well and it was OK. Nothing amazing, but definitely something I'd value given its price and its location. It'd actually be pretty good bibimbap if it was just hotter (and if they'd give me an egg to crack on it.)

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      Ibrahim.Salha RE: peekaboo1 Feb 19, 2009 06:20 AM

      Alisan in Wembley does it, but it may be a bit out of the way...

      1. kristainlondon RE: peekaboo1 Feb 20, 2009 03:13 PM

        There is a place on Queensway that serves congee. I just walked by it the other day. As you come out of Queensway tube and go north on Queensway, it's on the left. It's a noticeable sign. (And it will be way before you get to Whiteley's.) I can't vouch for it, but I did see the sign...

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          peekaboo1 RE: kristainlondon Feb 21, 2009 02:25 AM

          Thanks I will give it a go.

        2. limster RE: peekaboo1 Feb 21, 2009 12:37 PM

          I don't have a specific recommendation of a good version, but virtually every place that does dim sum has it. (e.g many of the Cantonese places in Chinatown)

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