Kim Eng Thai Super Market
'Snow Causes Chaos in London.'
This seemed to be the headline on most newspapers and radio stations today as London saw its greatest snowfall in 18 years.
Millions could not get to work; Buses failed to leave there depots; and airports were closed. But taking to the streets on my trusty touring bike I failed to notice any chaos.
Instead children played with their parents in local parks, ruddy cheeked pedestrians walked the streets and snow balls flew through the air. Snow men grew out if the white as teams of people worked in teams to create snow sculptures. Far from causing chaos from what I could see the snow had brought joy to the capital.
Fitting a pair of knobby tyres I headed to Hyde Park to do a little filming with Stamp Productions. With no end of experience filming in adverse conditions after making the superb promo for Ultimate Rugby Sevens, we got some great cycling snow footage that will be on the blog soon.
But as the light began to fade and the temperature drop, the etherial quality of snow capped london lost its charm and I needed to warm up. With cold wet feet I stocked up on some some pork wan ton at The Stick and Bowl. Full of oriental flavor and starting to wish I was in fact pedaling in warmer far eastern climbs I stumbled across the Kim Eng Thai Supermarket.
Only open a month it is hidden in a back street behind Fulham Broadway tube station and it is a must for any oriental food lover. Its long shelves are piled high with cheap, non fuss, colorful and authentic imports from all over the far east and even if you don't buy anything it is a joy.
Ignoring my bank account I did buy a couple of ingredients and loaded my rear pannier, with such treats as wasabi, shrimp sauce, bean sprouts, oyster sauce, wan ton pasta, noodles and some delicious dried fish to nibble on the way home. The manager could not have been nicer and helping me load my bike after letting it drip all over his floor, he sent me home with a bottle of light soy sauce on the house.