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A couple of places in Pacific Plaza, Wembley (LONDON)


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A couple of places in Pacific Plaza, Wembley (LONDON)

Ibrahim.Salha | | Dec 7, 2009 07:39 AM

This place recently opened in Wembley Retail Park (also known as Wembley City, ridiculously enough). It's sort of like Oriental City, with some places that used to exist there now opened here.

I went today and tried two places: Hot Korean and Tetote Factory.

Had the bulgogi deopbap. The bulgogi deopbap was slices of short ribs, marinated in sugar, sesame oil, garlic and soy sauce, then stir fried with julienned carrots, spring onions, courgettes and cabbage, then topped with sesame seeds. Good stir frying technique. Served with a mound of sticky rice, this dish was garlicky, smoky, sweet and delicious. The rice was pleasingly bland, picking up all of the flavours of the marinade. At £6.50 it's still rather cheap and in line with old OC prices. Dishes range from £2-4 for starters, then £4-8 for larger plates.

Also went to Tetote factory, which is a bakery in the same style as the old one in OC, which I think is now Wonderful Patisserie (Hendon and Leicester Square).
Curry pan was great. Crispy outside from the panko breadcrumbs which gave way to a soft, doughy bread inside and then the curry filling, which was subtly spiced and very more-ish. A great rendition, better than the version at the Japan Centre and Wonderful Patisserie, as points of reference.
Epi was also very, very good. Something I've not tried before, this was a sort of sourdough plait, filled with a cheese (cheddar, perhaps) and studded with bits of smoky bacon. Most easily compared to good Neopolitan pizza crust, this was chewy, salty and greasy…in a good way.
Finally, we tried the Custard pan. Another success, this time the custard filling came in a satisfyingly soft bun topped with three flaked almond pieces which gave a pleasing crunch to the overall consistency. The custard filling was essentially a creme patissiere, smooth and flecked with vanilla beans.

For those of you who only went to Oriental City once or twice, this place will hopefully replicate the old favourite and will perhaps even be better. I am very excited about this place.

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