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This place had been highly recommended to me, and I finally got a chance to check it out.

What can I say? This is probably the best Asian food I’ve had in Cambridge, and by that I mean that the dishes were traditional and tasted mostly like they were supposed to. How good they were was a bit of a hit and miss.

We started off with some steamed buns with pork, egg, or beef in them. The bun was overdone, the texture a bit too (stale) bready and the egg oversteamed but still delicious. The pork tasted the way it should, but the texture was completely off. I have no idea what they did to that poor piece of meat:

The dumplings (veggie & egg), on the other hand, were perfect. Perfect texture and absolutely delicious.

Here’s the inside:

Then we had some glutinous rice balls with red bean:

They were quite good, but the soup wasn’t quite sweet enough and I think it could have used a bit more red bean:

We were still hungry when we finished, so we ordered some noodles with egg and tomato.

This tasted quite different from all of the other iterations I’ve ever had, but I actually really liked it. The tomato tasted a bit like pasta sauce, which works for me since I don’t really like heated tomatoes. Not authentic (but then again, how authentic can egg and tomato be?!), but yummy.

The whole lunch came to £16.00, and in retrospect was probably more that three people had any business trying to finish (no regrets). All in all, I probably will come back here for my fix of Chinese goodness, but it’s no Hong Kong. Or Toronto. Or London.

Speaking of London, I had some dim sum there earlier in the year. It was ridiculously priced at £16.00 per PERSON (!!!!), but the food was absolutely fantastic, and a quick dip into a bakery afterwards for a sesame ball (I don’t remember how much this was, but certainly less than £1) was just as satisfying.

On (Good) Friday, a few friends and I went to CB2 cafe to do some reading, as our usual study spot closed down for the holiday. The studying in cafes thing isn’t as big here as in Canada, so this is the first time I’d actually done my reading in a cafe.

CB2 turend out to be a great spot. Just East of the Grafton, it’s quite close to the city centre, and it has a great atmosphere. We went upstairs, which had huge windows and shelves upon shelves of books (including one with a picture of an Anglo-Saxon brooch on the back, which I didn’t get a closer look at since that would have involved creepily leaning over a random stranger):

There were tons of people doing work there the day we went, and surprisingly most of them were not ex-pats. It was quiet with just enough white noise to make working comfortable.

The coffee wasn’t great – not nearly as good as Fitzbillies’ – but good enough to fuel a few hours of reading and contentment. I had a capuccino:

I think this was about £2.00. J had a coffee and a chocolate croissant, delicious and hot out of the oven:

All in all, good food and a great place to study. It has a reputation as a cultural hub, and apparently they have concerts on Friday and Saturday nights. Can’t wait to check those out! Updates to follow.