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Szechuan style cooking

By |January 25th, 2024|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 [...]

Winter warmth and comfort

By |January 18th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

Eating well during the winter months counts for a lot. When the cold steals away our warmth, it’s vital to take care of our bodies by nurturing, celebrating and sharing. Food brings us these benefits and when shared, can bring healing and light into our days and nights. Which would you say are the foods that bring you warm comfort in the winter? And how do you cook them, if you [...]

Unique combinations of ingredients

By |January 10th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

What makes dishes compelling are their aromatic ingredients combined with their nutritional value. Together this makes a compelling combination that tastes unique. The next time you are dining with us, venture to taste some of the more exotic we have to offer on our menu. Couple it with our popular wines, making your experience a fine one. Delicious dishes begin with good ingredients. A simple cooking process is also a [...]

Happy New Year 2024

By |January 1st, 2024|Categories: Blog|

A very Happy New Year 2024 everyone! The new year is always an exciting time; a chance for new beginnings, a chance to start on a clean slate. I am thrilled to see Naturally Chinese step into the next year and with a whole host of new choices that are to come with the territory. There is the feeling of wanting to purge all the old clutter to make room [...]

Appreciating The Quiet Moments

By |December 30th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

We thank you all for your loyalty and support this year. Looking back on 2023 –in spite of the uncertainty and vulnerability most of us have faced, we are thankful to have been able to have kept up and running. We’ve had the opportunity to re-assess goals and make some important changes. And in doing so, have been able to better our service to you. Whatever your plans may be [...]

A Christmas Feast

By |December 14th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Celebrate this festive season with one of the most auspicious dishes on our menu. 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 [...]

A cup of warmth and festive spirit

By |December 10th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Our favourite festive drink comes to mind as this time of year is always very special. The lights, the get togethers with family and the chance for giving back brings warmth and happiness to the heart. 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 [...]

Setting Your Christmas Table

By |December 6th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Christmas trees decorated. Lights lining the window panes 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 in our life, special food that [...]

Heart warming season

By |November 25th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

Bold flavours

By |November 18th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

On a cold rainy night….

By |November 10th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

The culmination of a dish

By |November 3rd, 2023|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

Why Colour matters

By |October 26th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

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, [...]

Delightful Morsels

By |October 17th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

A passion for cooking

By |October 8th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

Autumn sensibilities

By |October 1st, 2023|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

Seasonal Food Inspiration

By |September 25th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

Heartwarming Celebratory Food

By |September 18th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

The Spice Flower

By |September 12th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

The aroma is testament to how potent these Szechuan peppers really are –the flower pepper that is relished in the region it is grown. Interestingly, this dish although sea food, is paired well with our house red wine or a glass of Rioja. Try our szechuan style chicken or king prawn dish is the perfect concoction of sichuan pepper with spring onions, red chillies and a delicious sauce to bring [...]

Innovative and Delicious

By |September 5th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

In the Shandong region of China, and unlike the southern areas where Hong Kong master chefs specialise in dim sum and the use of spices and flash frying, the northern way of cooking emphasis on accentuating the main flavour of the seafood. Here are some of our delectable seafood treats you won’t want to miss: Crab and Pumpkin Dumplings This was crafted by our pastry chef David Chang whose passion [...]

Nutritious Greens

By |August 26th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

In Chinese cuisine, vegetables play an important role. Aside from the aesthetics of giving colour and vibrance to accompany any dish, Chinese greens can be cooked in many ways which is what makes eating them quite exciting. The methods of cooking vary, going back to the various regions in China in their ways of preserving vegetables or consuming them fresh on a daily basis. From blanching to stir frying to [...]

Art in cooking

By |August 20th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

Slow Eating and Appreciation

By |August 12th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

The ethos at Naturally Chinese has always been to incorporate this quality of home cooking. We bring to you a space where you can relax and take your time. Flowers and plants help soothe and bring a sense of calm to the experience. Unlike the fast food approach, we hope to promote a longer drawn out dining experience, where you can take time to relish more nuanced tastes in our [...]

Serving quality cuisine

By |August 4th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

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 you feel passionately about something and you just have to do it. There is great scope in the [...]

Spare ribs in honey sauce

By |July 28th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Sometimes a plate of succulent ribs and a cool beer just hits the spot, especially on a sunny sweltering day.  And if it has crossed your mind to feast on a summer favourite such as ribs — The chefs at Naturally Chinese have worked these different styles of ribs on the menu. The idea is small plates as appetizers or even a tapas style dining experience. This Cantonese style of [...]

On the rotisserie

By |July 22nd, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Cooked just at the right temperature, with succulent juices in each bite and crackling rind around, this dish has to be one of my favourites. The fat is just as important as the tenderness of the meat and the crispiness of the rind. To pair this dish with wine, try our house red or a Rioja. A complement of pak choi greens make a good balance to this wholesome meal. [...]

Understanding what we eat

By |July 14th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

There is great value in understanding the foods you’re fond of and why they make you feel good. It’s simple details such as these that brings the food we eat closer to an understanding of our health and vitality. The time it takes to wash, nurture, and cook real foods also brings a sense of simple achievement to our daily lives. This ties in with our philosophy for eating and the [...]

Summer Wine and Food

By |July 6th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Those precious days of sunshine are coveted. And though they flit between the thick clouds even in what is supposed to be the middle of Summer, we need to make the best of it. The important thing is to get out of the house and soak up as much Vitamin D as you can. Give yourself to a DIY day off — with an afternoon lie in the sun in the [...]

Taste of the Sea

By |June 24th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

The sizzling hot fish that comes out of the steamer strewn with sticks of ginger and spring onions is best enjoyed with our range of white wines. And though this is a dish that can be easily cooked at home, the delight comes from having it served to you fresh off the steamer.A touch of garnish such as coriander brings a feeling into play, one of freshness — wondering even where [...]

New spring of Modern Chinese cuisine

By |June 17th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Chinese cuisine traditionally has always maintained a healthy approach to food. And from the possibilities remain endless for the new spring of modern Chinese cuisine. Whether it be chopping, tossing, flash frying or carving a flower out of a vegetable, there’s an art or science to it all. And so the search to evolve the cuisine continues, listening to feedback from customers, keeping an ear to the ground to see [...]

Crispy Chicken Deliciousness

By |June 10th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Chicken in a crispy golden batter – all cooked from scratch and fresh off the pan. It doesn’t finish there. It has a perfect lemon sauce to accompany. A burst of citrus zing, light and smooth. This dish is best served for one as a main or shared by two as a starter. There are a dozen or more ways to make a lemon chicken. It’s the dish I’d like to say [...]

Aromatic ingredients

By |June 2nd, 2023|Categories: Blog|

What makes some of these special dishes fine are their aromatic ingredients combined with their nutritional value. Together this makes a compelling combination that tastes unique. The next time you are dining with us, venture to taste some of the more exotic we have to offer on our menu. Couple it with our popular wines, making your experience a fine one. Delicious dishes begin with good ingredients. A simple cooking [...]

Wellness

By |May 25th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Many times the stress of life takes over our better judgement and we can forget to take time to evaluate what we put into our bodies. Whether it be taking more vigilant steps to enforce our health and safety practices, or using the highest quality ingredients possible in our cooking, our focus is to help you bring to focus wellness and good food to your homes. We are in the [...]

Naturally Chinese in nature

By |May 21st, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Chinese cuisine offers a range of foods, not only the usually meat dishes like pork, beef and chicken, or seafood and fish, but even vegetarian. From zingy ginger, crunchy turnip to peppery mustard greens, the aim is to deliver the crisp flavour of these vegetables in the dishes we serve. Much of our focus at Naturally Chinese has been on sourcing ingredients as fresh as possible. I wanted to highlight [...]

Eat Fresh

By |May 10th, 2023|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 water, [...]

National Vegetarian Week

By |May 5th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

An exciting proposition in the third week of May (15th- 21st), is the focus on tantalising options for vegetarian cooking and dishes. The Vegetarian Society of the UK promotes this week as one to celebrate vegetarianism. On a more pertinent point, the goal is to go meatless.  Of course, it is a choice that is not always easy or accessible for everyone to make. However, for the National Vegetarian Week, [...]