In Manchester, England, Wong Wong Bakery & Café sits squeezed between the busy thoroughfare known as Ashton Old Road and the landfill. It’s close enough to the dump that one can hear the seagulls as they cheer over another tasty morsel.
Inside the Chinese bakery in Beswick, the noise reaches a chaotic pitch when the dining room is full. No worries. It’s a typical lunch hour at the café where the special runs only six pounds per person, less than $10US. It includes a soup starter, a choice of 20 main dishes and a drink.
Oversized pigs-in-a-blanket command the bakery bins. Hands down, they’re the World’s Best PIAB. Entire hot dogs are plopped inside sweet yeast buns similar to the ones handed out at the Cheung Chau Bun Festival. The buns — nothing like regular hot dog buns from the grocery store — resemble baked puffs. Some are topped with grated cheese, adding another layer of flavor.
Wong Wong changes ordinary pigs-in-a-blanket from a cocktail snack into a meal.
Currently the Lezovi crew is cruising by land through Europe and has house sitting assignments in Belgium, England and France. S/V Happy Times lies safely in Rio Dulce, Guatemala, awaiting our return in May 2013.