Braising in a hot clay pot retaining its moisture and warmth, this dish can be enjoyed with a steamy bowl of rice and a side of green vegetable. A full to medium bodied wine like our house or shiraz works very well with this hot pot. I have a particular fondness for Autumn and especially the advent of Winter. It puts me in the mood to take comfort in a heart warming claypot, accompanied with the perfectly paired glass of wine. We are about to step into the Winter season, so let’s make the best of it this year. Of all [...]
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We take pride in our heartwarming dishes that present a distinct dark, rich gravy to achieve perfect balance of flavour. For those who enjoy a hearty bit of pork, choose from cutlets in a honey peppercorn sauce, sweet and sour sauce or a sea salt and peppercorn cure. And it has been common practice for patrons to mop up all those succulent juices that make these dishes special. A favourite all year round, this dish holds a special place for the onset of Autumn. The tender meat with sweet peppers in a black bean sauce offers the chance to enjoy the [...]
The sound of coffee beans grinding to brew an aromatic fresh cup infused with a dash of baileys or tia maria — the winter liqueur coffee has been in top demand this month. One wouldn’t necessarily think of Naturally Chinese to be a restaurant serving liqueur coffees, however we are a non traditional Chinese restaurant with an appreciation for fine wines, desserts and coffees alongside a modern Chinese menu. Everything tastes better with wine . Our fine wines and liqueurs have been selected to complement our dishes. And an after dinner liqueur coffee completes the whole dining experience. So with the cold [...]
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. A good chef knows how much cinnamon, sichuan pepper or fennel to use in [...]
As part of the restaurant’s ethos of maintaining a connection with nature and incorporating a sense of earthiness, green plays an important part of our brand. It’s made more sense as we’ve come a long way since our commencement; striving to offer freshness and clean taste through our cuisine and how we serve it to you. Why is a colour so important? It speaks of something one cannot always articulate, but feel. It’s formed a big part of our colour palette since we started the restaurant: the verdant greens that create the environment of Naturally Chinese restaurant make for the naturally [...]
A typical Chinese restaurant serving dim sum on the weekend is a scene of the bustle of energy created from coming together over little morsels of beautifully crafted foods. The art of eating dim sum lies in sharing and sampling those delectable delights. It will always taste better when shared and depending on the occasion, Prosecco or wine can make an interesting combination with it. And if you’d prefer not to add wine, then do accompany it with a jasmine green tea. A bite into one of these heavenly delights is a treat to behold. Going for a dim sum experience cannot [...]
What makes a culinary fusion interesting might be in using a range of all time staple foods with authentic spices and herbs, and doused with an essence of something seasonal. It’s like taking an old favourite dish, deconstructing it, building it up step by step with a new perspective in mind. Therein also lies a hunger for adventure in creating an entirely new dish. Like any art, it takes years of practice to cultivate a mode, a pattern, a personal touch that makes the cooking unique. Every little morsel of dim sum or main course dish brought to your table has [...]
Traditionally, the Moonlight Festival in China marks the change from summer to autumn at the harvest. With the clear change in weather, it is time to prepare for one of the best seasons of the year. Here are a few things I love to do in Autumn, and to me presents the best way to enjoy the season. We’ve been graced this year with a marvellous run of Summer, and the change in season to Autumn is a delight to welcome. Here are a few tips on enjoying your Autumn: Head down to your local park for a daily brisk walk [...]
The beauty in nature is abundant and never short of inspiring. 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. 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. Soups and hot broths are [...]
This season can be the best time to get together with friends and family to renew those connections we so often take for granted. A celebratory time calls for an auspicious dish, and at Naturally Chinese, there’s a familiar ritual to gather over delicious food and wine. Get set for those fabulous September days. Perhaps one of the best months of the year to be in England –it comes with a hope of new changes and inspiration to take you through the winter months ahead. Our Peking duck makes for a delightful celebration at your table. Apart from the duck itself, the [...]