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Asian style sea bass

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This meaty fish has always carried an elegance to any table. Its taste is subtle. It's not an oily fish so the taste is never overpowering. Sea bass is mostly an ocean fish but can also be found in rivers during summer. In Europe we have two main kinds --the Atlantic and the Mediterranean kind. In other parts of the world, you can find the Japanese sea bass known as 'suzuki', and the Patagonian tooth fish which most famously is known by the name 'Chilean Seabass' -- a very popular fish eaten in America. Cooking the sea bass is fairly simple [...]

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A connection with nature

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The leaves continue to turn a warm shade of pink, to a deeper red. There are also the golden leaves that hang like large coins gracefully from the trees. The beauty in nature is abundant and never short of inspiring. Just as a connection with nature is vital for our well being, so also is our connection with natural foods. The two are interconnected.  At Naturally Chinese, I follow on the ethos of keeping a connection with nature, be it in the flower pots on every table to the combination of dishes that fit well together. When a natural ingredient is [...]

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Pork Belly Claypot

2020-04-30T10:50:31+01:00

A popular Hong Kong style dish is the pork belly claypot. To some this may seem extravagant or even fit for a grand occasion, but this dish can be enjoyed on any regular weekday for lunch or dinner. What makes this dish so tempting is the marinade that absorbs into the meat. It's a sauce that is made to perfection with hoisin, soy sauce, chinese spices, garlic, dry sherry and honey. The sweet and salty flavours tenderize the meat to a succulent texture. And of course, cooking it on a slow fire delicately keeps the meat moist and juicy. So how [...]

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A ‘feel good’ dinner

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Agreeably we live in a time where we can have any type of cuisine and any kind of food we want in a matter of minutes. With the variety that is available to us in this day and age, we may often face a situation where we have to think what meals to eat, if it's going to make us feel good. And if it poses a bit of a dilemma on many an occasion, then what can we do to simplify the process? There is great value in understanding the foods you're fond of and why they make you feel [...]

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Complex simplicity

2020-04-30T10:50:31+01:00

A Chinese proverb goes: "The more you eat, the less flavour; the less you eat, the more flavour." In keeping with this old adage, I think of the complex simplicity in the art of Chinese cooking and the aesthetics that go into enjoying a meal. It may be thought that Chinese cooking is fast, easy to assemble and ready to go, but indeed lies a mystery still that though all these three things are true, the complexity in details is what brings a dish to its culmination. To enjoy a small bowl of rice, some kind of meat and vegetables is a [...]

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