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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 [...]

All About Spice

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

First the hot peppery king prawns, now proceeding with an ongoing series of some of our favourite spicy chilli inspired dishes, make way for the salt and chilli squid. A traditionally Hong Kong style concoction, but inspired with the twist of Hunan spice, this salty chilli seafood dish has a mix of eclectic and traditional flavour. At Naturally Chinese, we use a potato starch (gluten free) which brings a new twist onto [...]

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 perfect sharing dish amongst a family [...]

Father’s Day

By |June 15th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Father's Day falls on this coming Sunday, the 21st of June. The weather leaves open the possibilities to treat your dad to a fantastic Father’s Day celebration. This year will be a first for us not hosting a celebration at the restaurant. But we still want you to know that we will be open for take away dinners that you could complement with your dad's favourite bottle of wine. For [...]

Good Food Sourcing

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

Sustainable food sourcing can be highly rewarding to everyone on many levels. In a restaurant where ingredients need to be carefully supervised for quality, sourced and replenished, it helps staff feel good about what they are serving and respectively, makes the customers feel safe about what they are eating. On a more individual level, say at home — one can be selective about what they buy when they check to [...]

For that kick of spice

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

For that kick of spice to the palette, this makes for an exciting dish to order and try at least once. Our chefs make it in a way that is unique to Naturally Chinese’s ethos of natural flavour and clean taste. There is no MSG to enhance or over power flavour. The aroma is testament to how potent these Szechuan peppers really are –the flower pepper that is relished in [...]

Good Health

By |May 19th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

We are in the midst of a big change in our world, and we are all connected no matter where we are. Health and wellness are words that are used together, and reason being because one feeds in to the other. The quest for good health comes through a conscious search for wellness. For us, health and wellness have always been the centerpoint focus for what we offer and now [...]

Wellness May

By |May 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

The topic of wellness and health are big on my mind these days. In light of the current situation of pandemic, it’s hard not to wonder how long is all this going to carry on until. Are things going to go back to normal soon? There isn’t a clear answer to these questions that is on everyone’s mind. We however can take action with regard to that which we can [...]

New Takeaway Plan

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

A warm greeting from us at Naturally Chinese to all our patrons and friends. We wanted to take the opportunity to get in touch with you and update you with our latest developments. It has been nearly a month since our restaurant closure in accordance with government advice and regulations. Though we were permitted to do takeaways, we had made the decision to close fully as it is almost next [...]

Taking Care of Our Health

By |March 13th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

As the status quo forces us to pay attention to how vulnerable we can be at anytime, we must all bear in mind that taking care of our health is of grave importance. When we think about food and consuming it, two factors come into play: what are the choices of food we have to eat, and secondly, how do we obtain them as quickly as possible. Many times the [...]

International Women’s Day 2020

By |March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

It’s amazing when women come together to achieve a shared goal --the impact is contagious. International Women's Day 2020 will be celebrated on the 8th of March. International Women’s Day is about celebrating the progress of social, cultural, economic and political achievements for all women in all walks of life. And in seeing so many advancements that have taken place, there is still so much that needs to change to [...]

Hints of Spring

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

The weekend brings us an extra day in this leap year. Perhaps an extra day to do taxes, or an extra day to take it easy! Either way, it's comforting to see a few hints of Spring as the blossoms are beginning to show. A celebration such as Easter is one of a new chapter in the year. We’ve endured a long winter so now we can feel free to [...]

Organic, free range and better

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

In a market place today we don’t always know whether we are eating farmed or free range, organic or not. You can now relax with us in the knowledge that we are serving you the healthy options. We also believe that supporting local farmers who take great pains to produce these valuable goods and services will help them deliver better products. For if the demand for them increases, we all [...]

Food health and safety first

By |February 10th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Naturally Chinese follows a thorough practice of food safety and hygiene. We believe this to be of paramount importance to the well being of the restaurant and the community. As part of our policy for transparency and authenticity in our establishment, we would like to let you know of some of the practices we follow in pursuit of serving clean tasting food.  Steps are taken to sanitize all entry and [...]

My Chocolate Valentine

By |February 6th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Make memories and enjoy your time together whether it be over some bubbly, great food and chocolate dessert. We have them all in store for you. This year Naturally Chinese will have a special chocolate surprise to delight you and yours. Valentine evokes a sense of romanticism in our minds, one that associates with flowers, Spring, sunlight or candlelight, wine and delicious sweet indulgences like chocolate. And our Valentine's Day [...]

The Taste of Gluten Free Cooking

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

The taste of gluten free cooking is evolving in a sophisticated way thereby making it very appealing and appetising to the taste buds. When we decided to have gluten free Chinese food on the menu, the choice wasn’t hard although it was a combined and involved effort to make sure a smooth process was followed. But it also gave us a clear sense of why additives and MSG were not [...]

Food nature and wellbeing

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

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 [...]

Feast of a special kind

By |January 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

As the new year begins to gain momentum and move into the realm of resolutions and possibilities, it is also of huge benefit to keeping in mind the time for creativity and spontaneity. To commemorate Chinese new year, a feast of a special kind is an order. This is to mark a sense of renewal and celebration, and promise to do better in whatever the task may be at hand. [...]

A Seasoned Palate

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

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 brought to your table has been handcrafted dexterously in a matter of seconds by a highly skilled chef. Our chefs at Naturally Chinese carry the depth and breadth of experience in culinary skills through those years of practice and experimentation. At the [...]

Year of Infinite Possibilities

By |January 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

  With only a couple of weeks to Chinese new year, a few tasks remain to be completed for the arrival of the year of the Rat. Therein lies the opportunity to make a renewal of some kind, to turn over a new leaf to a year of infinite possibilities.  In traditional Chinese custom, the week leading up to Chinese New Year is bustling with preparations in most Chinese families’ [...]

Happy New Year 2020

By |January 1st, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

As we embark on this brand new day of 2020, we want to wish all our patrons and friends a very Happy New Year 2020. With all our resolutions and good intentions for this year, let's make it a great one! Daunting as it may seem to some, the next two weeks are a good opportunity to adjust to the new things we want to accomplish for the coming year. [...]

Compliments of the season

By |December 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

A very merry Christmas to you all. We hope you all had a happy Christmas break these past few days. Naturally Chinese is now re-open and getting set to embrace a new year. With an ever evolving menu and style that we strive to improve at the restaurant, I want to say that we value your constructive feedback, and I welcome you to continue to make suggestions on how we [...]

Celebration week

By |December 19th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Christmas to me is more about family and rejuvenation. At Naturally Chinese, our staff is like family too. Our celebration kicks off this weekend with a staff party that was a wonderful gathering to appreciate a good 2019 and that after a long journey of putting together a reliable team, our staff have delivered and we are very thankful for this.  Simple, elegant and fulfilling just as our aim for 2020 is [...]

Add a little sparkle

By |December 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

The small luxuries make life’s journey light and fun – a card from a colleague, a flower from someone special, even a box of home-made sweets we receive from a friend, and just like that, we feel loved and cared for. This season, add a little sparkle to yours and someone else's christmas.  We want to add a little sparkle for you. I had thought about creating a space at Naturally [...]

Christmas Moments

By |December 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Eating with friends and family is a pleasure and a luxury that shouldn’t be taken for granted for at the end of the day, these memories we remember and cherish the most. They are what leaves us with the most warmth. The chance for renewal of some kind, the start of something new and putting to rest the year behind us. We shouldn’t forget the year as they are reminders [...]

Heart Warming Celebrations

By |November 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

We're now stepping into the Christmas season. Lights lining the window panes in shops looking as Christmasy as they can. And what’s left now is all the planning, list making, shopping and also what we tend to leave out last — the relaxing for the holidays. Christmas being essentially the season for family and friends to make time to gather and re-connect is a special one, calling for special things [...]

Countdown to Christmas

By |November 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

A party this time of the year doesn’t have to be time consuming or painstaking. With the cold weather settling in, it can feel overwhelming to arrange a venue, cater, and plan all the little details. We hope that with all those to-do things on your list, we can be of help to your party planning needs.  The time passes so quickly and before we can take that step back [...]

Winter Warmth

By |November 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

All our desserts are selected to complement our wines and dishes. They aren’t sugary but just the right amount to hit the sweet spot. And with the cold season upon us, a little winter warmth from our liqueur coffees could complete the perfect dining experience. Try our house made mango pudding with a citrus coulis, as well as our crispy and steamed custard buns (a delicate and fine pastry bun [...]

Christmas 2019

By |November 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

With less that six weeks to go before Christmas, the streets are slowly beginning to unravel that familiar Christmas feeling. The shops have already stocked on Christmas decorations and presenting their holiday offers, and I’m sure that Christmas bug will be upon you soon, if it hasn’t already! It certainly has for me. This time of year is always very special. The lights, the get togethers with family and the chance [...]