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The verdant palette

By |April 30th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

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 green effect that we strive to achieve. In a similar vein, the dishes we’ve put together on the menu hold a bit of green whether in the whole dish, or just as a tantaliser to excite the palette. Each green has [...]

Coeliac Awareness Week (10th-16th May)

By |April 27th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

For the past 16 years, the second week of May has been used to highlight and improve awareness of coeliac disease and the gluten free diet. As you might know already that Coeliac disease is not an allergy or food intolerance, it is an autoimmune disease which affects 1 in 100 people in the UK. When someone with coeliac disease eats food containing gluten it causes damage to the lining [...]

The lightness of being

By |April 19th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Here at Naturally Chinese, one of our main tasks this year is to source as much natural foods into our menu. We believe that serving these will make a huge difference. Stay tuned for our updates to the menu, and the introduction of some of our chef's specials and new dishes to tantalise over. We're bringing more colour to your plate. Depending on what your needs and aims are for the [...]

Happy 9th Birthday Naturally Chinese

By |April 6th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Through thick and thin, and the amazing journey we've had so far, we celebrate our 9th anniversary this year! When I look back over the years, I'm overwhelmed by the bundle of great moments -- recollections of a bustling restaurant on Saturday nights, happy customers, the aroma of tantalising dishes. Also, the moments of challenges, fears and making it through. And here we are today, standing proud and still going [...]

A new season of appreciation

By |March 31st, 2021|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

Seafood delights

By |March 24th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

With the onset of Spring, it makes a wonderful addition to a range of fun and flavoursome dishes to pair with light wines, even prosecco. It also is one for all seasons being great to pair with a Summer wine and deliciously comforting with a warming wine in winter. The squid fillet can be found on our appetizer/ starter section. First the hot peppery king prawns, now proceeding with an ongoing [...]

Mother’s Day Weekend

By |March 9th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Spring is just around the corner ---cherry trees blossoming and daffodils peering out waiting to bloom. It’s exciting — the change of season, and especially the change from Winter to Spring. At Naturally Chinese, we love to undertake the warming welcome of Spring with flavours to put a kick back in your step. And with Mother’s Day on the 14th of March, we look forward to serving you a special [...]

Choose To Challenge

By |March 7th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Women need to support other women, be ambitious for change and see the bigger picture.  The 2021 campaign slogan is #ChooseToChallenge  #IWD2021 — this is powerful in that as women, we need to all do our part, no matter how small or big. It all makes a difference. The day also pushes for a call to action to stand up to gender inequalities in all areas of work and life. [...]

Clean Tasting and Gourmet

By |February 28th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

The care that goes into food preparation affects the food we eat. At a restaurant, you know the feeling when a dish is being served to you with diligence and care. The presentation, smell, taste, texture –the entire experience should add benefit to your overall mood and leave you feeling hopefully, in an elevated state. The value for healthy, natural and unprocessed food to me, is one of the greater [...]

Fresh and Frozen Dim Sum

By |February 21st, 2021|Categories: Blog|

The art to enjoying dim sum lies in spacing those delicate bites in between a heart warming beverage together with what your eyes take in from the delectable pastries set before you. It seems to enhance the flavours even more and bring a kind of lightness and joy to the aesthetic. The tradition began in China when travellers on the Silk Road stopped for rest at little tea houses for yum [...]

Celebration packed Weekend

By |February 8th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Valentine's day is this weekend, and together with it you might be celebrating Chinese New Year too. The month of the peach blossom as many know it in China, is when the sweet smelling blossom begins to bloom and falls delicately to the ground. This denotes the coming of Spring and the air filled with romance for new love to blossom. With their perfumed fragrance and relation to the rose, [...]

Chinese New Year Feast

By |February 6th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

This year we celebrate the year of the Ox! A strength to surpass our feats is the expectation for this year. And indeed a celebration to commence sets the tone. We offer you a feast you might consider featuring our delicate rotisserie meats which include roasted duck, crispy skin pork belly and barbecued fillet of pork. The Chinese five spices are often used as a spice rub on our rotisserie [...]

Soup for the soul

By |January 31st, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Soups and hot broths are back in season. We pride ourselves on these delicious concoctions made of ginger, greens, berries and more. What they offer is a well balanced meal bringing you protein, fibres and fats all in one. And of course, a little carbohydrate to energize you if you are feeling the winter blues. For those days when the air is chillier, a soup or broth will keep your [...]

Spice for the heart

By |January 25th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

The cold weather makes us crave spice and variety in our diet. A slender red or green chilli set on a dish of almost anything definitely piques our excitement and interest, and even the sight and aroma can do wonders for the body and mind. Spices used in Chinese cuisine perform various functions in enhancing or even subduing over-powering flavours that can come across too strong. Come to think of [...]

Nurturing our spirits

By |January 17th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Paying attention to what is on our plates, where it comes from, how it has been cooked and of course, how it is served to us or how we serve it to ourselves? Find a way to slow down from the rat race of life and destress. Our bodies are strong and resilient, but can very easily be let down by environmental and other hazards. Making the effort to eat [...]

A new year of good food

By |January 8th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Happy New Year! One of the most positive times of the year --some get inspired by a new look, a change, a resolution, of simply getting rid of the old energy energy attached to things that have no purpose. It's the Year of the Ox this Chinese New Year which brings good news that through hard work, a positive outlook and earnestness, we can overcome anything. Whatever the desire is [...]

New years feast

By |December 30th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

We begin our journey in the new year after a much deserved break. The weather being much colder conjures up thoughts of that perfect hot pot of goodness that we cook up here at the hands of our esteemed chefs. And while preparations for the last couple of days of 2020 are moving forward; it’s time to clear out the old to make room for the new. The chance for renewal [...]

A christmas of reflection

By |December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

With a quieter Christmas to look forward to this year, we at Naturally Chinese will be closed for Christmas break and re-open on the 30th of December at 5pm. We will be open through the New year including New Year's Day. We thank you all for your loyalty and support this year. Looking back on 2020 --in spite of the uncertainty and vulnerability most of us have faced, we are [...]

Christmas connection

By |December 10th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Make the season count to reconnect with old friends, those you may not have talked to for a while. Whether a catch-up on the phone, a chat from balcony to balcony or a zoom session, toast to the season with a mild touch of cinnamon spice. This is a drink you'll love with its medium bodied red wine that releases an aroma to delight, and the fruit and nuts in [...]

A Christmas celebration

By |December 3rd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

A chilly Christmas may be upon us. But the good news is that the festivities are also about to begin. It’s the most exciting time of the year, but it can also get intense with expectations, shopping, planning dinners, families, and the list is a long one.Whether you are planning a small family celebration or just taking this time to sort out the superfluous that needs to disperse, we want [...]

Organic Taste

By |November 27th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Looking for food that is comforting and wholesome? We have you covered. Our dim sum has a light and organic taste, one that you might not have had before. Some of our dim sum have been created by our pastry chef  that are unique, with a fusion of traditional and modern; and special to Naturally Chinese Restaurant. Naturally Chinese Restaurant over the last few years has gathered a few cornerstones [...]

Quality Ingredients

By |November 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Chinese cuisine is undoubtedly more complex than it might seem. The finer foods require attention to subtle details that elevate the dining experience, by finding ways to keep the dishes delicious without compromising on the nutritional benefits. For instance, we don’t use any artificial food colouring. If you see a bright ochre, we will have used turmeric which not only provides that golden yellow which forms the aesthetic colour palette [...]

Dim sum and lunch is back

By |November 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

It’s a tradition many of us love -to do a weekend Dim Sum brunch. 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 [...]

Stepping into the Winter Season

By |October 31st, 2020|Categories: Blog|

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 our claypot dishes on our menu, this one warms my heart instantly with its strength [...]

Fresh and sustainable

By |October 23rd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

It’s not just about what we eat, it’s also what we contribute to our environment. It is easy to see that if we treat our environment well, and give it the care and sustainability it requires, it will take care of us in the long run. Every small deed counts, whether it be eating locally grown foods, cultivating your own vegetables in the back garden, saving on gas, energy and [...]

Delectable Duck

By |October 13th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The art of roasting duck has been in practice since Imperial times of the dynastic eras in China. Traditionally, the delectable Peking duck is served on most auspicious of occasions. The ceremonial aspect of slicing the crispy outer layer of the roast at the dinner table in front of guests is what makes a great presentation when ordering this dish. Apart from the duck itself, the trimmings are just as [...]

An elegant dinner

By |October 3rd, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Chinese claypots can make a heartwarming meal at the onset of Autumn. Pairing it with a cool Pinot Grigio or our house red wine can make an elegant dinner for those special occasions. Our version of chicken in wine, prepared with essentially Chinese herbs and wine. What makes it distinctive to the Chinese version of the dish is the wine – fermented rice wine known as Saoxing wine. It is [...]

The art of cooking

By |September 30th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Our chefs at Naturally Chinese carry the depth and breadth of experience in culinary skills through those years of practice and experimentation. 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 [...]

Autumnal Sizzler

By |September 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

With the autumn winds soon coming to steal away our warmth,  it’s vital to take care of our bodies by eating well and keeping our spirits up. From the array of our hot claypots to sizzling steaks, one cannot deny this dish that has been a long time favourite. Of course lamb is known to be for the acquired taste.  It perhaps takes time to enjoy the subtle flavours of [...]

For the coming season

By |September 4th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

We pride ourselves on our heartwarming claypots that present a distinct dark, rich gravy with hints of star anise and ginger – braised and stewed for hours with the pork to achieve perfect balance of flavour. For those who enjoy a hearty bit of pork, this Chinese braised pork belly clay pot is worthy of every morsel. And it has been common practice for patrons to mop up all those [...]

Heartwarming broth

By |August 31st, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

For those days when the air is chillier, a soup or broth will keep your heart warm. With a few windy days coming our way leading us into a change of season, there’s always some kind of adjustment to be made. Whether it is getting the sweaters out of storage, or eating well to stay hydrated and nourished, or warding off any unwanted colds, it calls for a little autumnal [...]

Succulent Seafood

By |August 23rd, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

At Naturally Chinese, we use a range of techniques still paying homage to the traditional ways of cooking seafood in Chinese cuisine. We have a mix of spice and steamed, subdued flavours to enhance the taste of the meat, for instance the sea bass and scallops. We also have a pan fried version. A Chinese menu isn’t complete without an array of seafood dishes. In China, various concoctions of seafood [...]

Harmony simplicity and taste!

By |August 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

There is great value in understanding the foods you’re fond of and why they make you feel good. With the knowledge of different cultures and the worlds’ cuisines coming together in such close proximity that is the city we live in, we are indeed privileged to have such variety and nuance to our taste buds. Agreeably we live in a time where we can have any type of cuisine and [...]

Summer Bites

By |August 10th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The Summer heat is on, cooling down only slightly when the sun goes down. August days are here. And it is this month where we get to make good Summer moments count. Gone are the days where one cooks a large meal at lunch time. These days, a plate of a quick bite of something nutritional and delicious does the trick in the midst of busy work afternoons. Try a [...]

Vibrant Veggies

By |July 27th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Being highly nutritious and fortifying, this spinach is a wonderful addition to broths. It can also be thrown into a salad. A true emerald green with plenty of vitality and makes its distinctive mark on Chinese cuisine. One of the simplest and easy to eat Chinese greens is the River spinach (morning glory) as we call it. I remember as a little girl seeing these growing in abundance by the [...]

Authenticity through food

By |July 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

The value for healthy, natural and unprocessed food to me, is one of the greater things to offer. It’s a struggle in today’s world as there are various factors that make it difficult to sustain. But therein lies the desire even more so, to see the success of bringing good food and nutrition to the community. Going against the current is a hard thing but is not an option when [...]

Free Range Organic Chicken in Lemon Sauce

By |July 11th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Chicken and lemon simply make a fine combination universally. One of the better comfort foods you can rely on. I was asked if there could be a variation on the lemon, making it a more citrus sauce to see what that might be like (by adding a mix of all kinds of citrus fruits  – limes, lemons, orange, even yellow grapefruit). The fact is that the lemon on its own [...]

Serving Quality Cuisine

By |July 4th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

As a customer, it is beneficial to know that asking for organic chicken creates an awareness of good food, sustainable food and its importance in the long run. In this day and age, we can't always know where our food comes from and though it can be frustrating, there is an opportunity to get more involved in insisting on quality food. Demand for good high quality food, we believe, is [...]

An elegant dish

By |June 30th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

If you haven’t tried this yet, it’s a dish that will not disappoint. At Naturally Chinese, we make ours in a yellow bean sauce. Although black bean is more popular in Sichuan and Cantonese cooking, to use the yellow bean brings out the umami of the mix of chicken and cashew nuts. Both ingredients fortified in proteins make this an excellent choice for a meal at anytime of the day. [...]

Sharing and caring

By |June 26th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Sharing a meal is beneficial on so many levels. Aside from a good feeling of well being that comes from sitting down with others to eat, one can also monitor portion sizes (which are an important factor in eating healthily). A meal at Naturally Chinese would typically include a main dish of fish/seafood, some kind of meat or vegetable, a side of greens, a soup or a side of rice. [...]

Distinct Flavour

By |June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

We offer a variety dish of rotisserie meats which include roasted duck, crispy skin pork belly and barbecued fillet of pork. The Chinese five spices are often used as a spice rub on our rotisserie meats to give them the distinct flavour and tenderness . Our chefs marinade these for long periods of time where the flavour is absorbed. These platters make for a perf