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Chinese Cabbage and Sesame Noodle Bowl with an amazing dressing DSC07992

London was A M A Z I N G ! I’m in love with that city. And I couldn’t have had better company than those two wonderful girls in the picture above – Marie and Signe.

Before we start I want to excuse the terrible photos. I didn’t want to carry my DSLR around so I had to use a small camera, which I’m not used to use and can’t control. 

London is a lovely city in so many ways – the buildings, the language (can I pleaseeee get a British accent?), the transport system (yes, that’s important!), the people, the River Thames, the parks, the shops, the markets and certainly also the food.

We spend the first night in Covent Garden and here we found (with a little help from our “travel bible” – the guide book) a wonderful half raw, organic and vegetarian restaurant – The Wild Food Cafe. It’s located in the funny and wonderful little lane Neils Yard pretty close to Covent Garden Station. If you ever come by, this cafe is a must. I got some raw falafels in a sour dough pita bread with hummus and salad  – so good!


We actually often bought dinner or lunch at Marks & Spencer. They have so many different things to choose from and it’s pretty cheap. And the food is very delicious and relatively freshly made. Just look at some of my meals from that place:


So if you are looking for cheap, fast and nutritious meals in London, M&S is the place to go. And as a bonus you can bring your meal to one of London’s wonderful parks! – So cozy!


What I also love about London is that there are so many fresh fruit stalls – at least compared to Copenhagen. Especialy Notting Hill was packed with them. We didn’t get fruit for breakfast at the hotel (the breakfast was extremely bad – I just had muesli with milk every day…) so I bought a lot of fruit from these stands. So delicious! And a great snack on the go.


I finally got to try Kombucha! I haven’t been able to find it anywhere here in Denmark so I was so happy when I found it in a whole foods store. I really liked it! I think it pretty much tastes like beer with lemonade – minus the alcohol of course. I like beer (actually that’s the only kind of alcohol I really like), so that’s just wonderful. Healthy beer anyone? (;

And I seriously have to try and make a scone like the one above. One of the nights we really wanted scones so we went to a little bakery, bought some snacks and sat on a corner and enjoyed it. It was so nice – the weather was great and there were so many people on the streets and in the pubs because of the World Cup. Wonderful night.

Anyway, I af course had to try the organic wholegrain scone with quinoa and raisins. My friends looked at me a little weirdly but all the same totally accepted that that was what I wanted. Haha, yeah I know I oftentimes have to taste the weirdest stuff. But it was so good! I have to make something similar soon.


Can I please live here!?!?DSC07907

Two ballet dancers find the opera house – what else could we do than strike a ballet pose in front of it?

Back home I wanted to make something similar to those salad bites from Marks & Spencer. But I failed terribly – well they tasted good, but were very ugly. Having promised to cook dinner for the family I suddenly had to get creative. So I decided to go for a noodle stir fry with Chinese cabbage and broccoli. The outcome was great.

The dish per se is pretty simple, but the delicious dressing/ sauce takes it to a whole other level.

Have a great week everyone!

Chinese Cabbage and Sesame Noodle Bowl with an amazing dressing

Chinese Cabbage and Broccoli Noodle Bowl


  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp. soy souce
  • 2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. oil - olive or sesame
  • 1/2 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 1 stalk of lemon grass
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried chili flakes
  • Pepper
  • 2 spring onions
  • 2 glove garlics
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 head of Chinese cabbage (or bok choy)
  • 1/2 head of broccoli
  • 100 g. dried egg noodles
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. chili flakes for garnishing


  1. Make the dressing by mixing together the lemon juice, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, oil and honey. Grate the ginger and chop the lemon grass and ginger very finely. Mix into the sauce. Season with chili flakes and pepper. Cover and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile cut the spring onions into smaller pieces and mince the garlic cloves. Shred the Chinese cabbage and cube the broccoli.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok. Fry onions and garlic for approx. 5 minutes.
  4. Bring water to a boil. Add salt and cook the egg noodles until tender. Drain and set aside.
  5. Add the cabbage and broccoli unto the wok and fry on high heat for another 5 minutes - or until the Chinese cabbage collapses. Add on the noodles and pour the sauce over.
  6. On maximum heat fry for another 2-3 minutes stirring constantly.
  7. Top with sesame seeds and chili flakes and serve right away.

10 responses to “Food in London + Chinese Cabbage Noodle Bowl”

  1. Ohhhhh, I miss London! Such a cool city hey! So glad you had a nice time :) And I love the look of that salad you made too, delicious!

  2. I love your fun photos. : ) and this noodle bowl looks so delicious and satisfying!

  3. I love London too, looks like you ladies had fun! Wow, I really wouldn’t mind this bowl for lunch! I’m definitely going to try this. I always forget to add sesame seeds, but they really add a great crunch on top.

  4. So glad you enjoyed your time in London! It’s definitely an amazing city to live in! Love this noodle bowl, so fresh and delicious! :)

  5. Looks so yummy, Josefine!! It’s amazing how the camera picks up all the little sesame seeds.

    London looks wonderful!! I’ve always wanted to visit there! And the scone sounds lovely! I definitely would’ve picked that one too :)

  6. Awwhhh lucky you! I’ve always wanted to go to London, it sounds like a beautiful city!! I hope that you’re having a great time!
    All the food looks delish and yean, M&S is da booomb. I always get that for lunch when I go to Dublin hiiihiii. This noodle bowl is amazing. And that scone. And that pita. Hmmm can I pretty please eat everything on this post??? ok thankyouverymuch.

    p.s: I love your new balance <3

  7. How good is Marks and Spencer! Plus your cabbage salad looks delicious :) I tried kombucha for the first time the other day and I’m in love! so so good :)

  8. afracooking says:

    Sometimes life is just amazing: I had some Mapo Tofu defrosting in the frigde. I was going to have it with some noodles, I wasn’t sure whether to use up the left-over chinese cabbage or broccoli. So whilst I was bringing the noodle water to the boil I thought I would look for inspiration on tastespotting….. VOILA! What a totally fabulous match this recipe was and WOW it really tasted great. I only omitted the garlic from the dressing (left it to stand for 5 min) and …uhm… forgot the honey. What a great dish! Thanks for a fabulous dinner :-)

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