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Distinct taste

By |May 25th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

From a big bowl of wanton soup to a mandarin steak sizzler, to a sweet finish of custard buns and creamy coffee, the taste of home goodness is alive and well in our cooking at Naturally Chinese. Ingredients that are sourced carefully and broths that are made from scratch in house. The idea is to enjoy every morsel of food and take time to digest and appreciate the taste of [...]

Sustainable sourcing

By |May 18th, 2022|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, [...]

Surbiton Food Festival 2022

By |May 9th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

This year’s Surbiton Food Festival will kick off from the 7th - 22nd of May, and as usual the preparations are underway. Naturally Chinese will be part of the festivities promoting our gluten free and dim sum menu. Apart from the stall that we will be at preparing some delicious bites for you to taste, you won’t want to miss Chef David who will be working his skills at the [...]

Energy boosting foods

By |May 4th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

One of the most commonly used spices in our cooking is Star Anise. Shaped like a star – a woody, refreshing flavour really works well with our braised stews and hot pots. So also the Cloves that are part of the five spice mix. Cloves provide that dynamic variety of pungent, slightly smoky and somewhat sweet like essence that contribute a great deal to a nuanced taste. And even though [...]

The joy of eating

By |April 24th, 2022|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. To enjoy a small bowl of rice, some kind of meat and vegetables is a luxury in itself. Bringing together a group of foods to accentuate taste, delight, aroma and nourishment is the [...]

The topic of greens

By |April 19th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Mistaken for a flower, this dark green vegetable side dish on our menu is a relative of the spinach family. Morning glory is rich in nutrients, it grows in abundance by rivers in most Asian countries like China, Indonesia, Vietnam and many more. Its most unique quality is its tubular structure, is crunchy to eat and retains its colour and texture even when cooked. As a child, I recall waking [...]

A feast to remember

By |April 11th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

With Easter just around the corner and chocolate eggs making their way into our homes, there is much to take advantage of a nice long weekend. After the exhilaration of Easter egg hunts with the children, a delicious lunch is always expected. Naturally Chinese will remain open offering a range of our zesty Spring dishes that will add to your Easter weekend spirit. From Champagne or Prosecco, to light white [...]

A decade of Naturally Chinese

By |April 6th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

We are celebrating ten years of Naturally Chinese today! It is indeed a big milestone for us. Through all the upward and downward shifts in the last ten years, it is an honour to be still standing with a well defined brand and restaurant we are proud of. I can remember like it was yesterday, opening the restaurant to a new slate --the journey into the unknown and hoping for [...]

The feel of Spring

By |March 21st, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Hints of Spring are in the air, and although the cold chill is still hanging around, we have much to look forward to with a new season and new opportunities. If you feel it is time to clear out the old and make room for the new, there couldn’t be a better time. A big part of a Spring detox is making sure to enjoy the process, no matter how [...]

Mothering Sunday Celebrations

By |March 17th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Mothering Sunday to me denotes a distinct change in season. I see the flowers blooming, blue skies, the sun shining (even if it isn’t). This is perhaps because as a mother myself, the joy follows when my children come home to spend the weekend with me. I like to see the whole weekend as a treat to relax and gather some much needed family time. The rush of Spring is [...]

The pleasure of gluten free Chinese cuisine

By |March 11th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

With a little extra diligence and knowledge, our team has adapted to a new way of serving Chinese food. It is of course an option when one comes to dine at Naturally Chinese, as some would prefer wheat in their diet. But the choice of having a gluten free and non gluten free menu is achievable. If ever Chinese food could be unimagined as gluten free, it can exist. As [...]

International Womens’ Day

By |March 4th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Just as Spring wakes the earth to the youthfulness of a new cycle, so also is a chance for all women to start fresh. Nurturing relationships, celebrating our achievements no matter how big or small, and embracing the beauty that is closely associated with our feminine side. I think these make up the magic of womanhood. We celebrate International Womens' Day on Tuesday, 8th of March, and this year’s slogan [...]

London’s Best Dim Sum

By |February 20th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Naturally Chinese Restaurant over the past ten years has evolved in a myriad of ways. From adopting its wide range of gluten free dishes, to being accredited by Coeliac UK as being the first gluten free Chinese restaurant in all of the UK, to offering some of the best dim sum in town, to promoting a greener way of functioning reducing food waste and even observing Earth hour each year, [...]

The season of new blossoms

By |February 15th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

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, jasmine and elderflower groups, they are also used as edible decoration. Spring brides in China usually have [...]

Valentine Warmth

By |February 10th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

February brings a mixed bag of winter and warmth, and by warmth I mean, the celebration of love. In Chinese tradition, this is the month that is meant to show first signs of the peach blossom – one that feeds romance and sweetness to the air. People usually fall in love in February. Is that just a coincidence? There is more reason to cheer up the home with bouquets of flowers [...]

Philosophy of eating well

By |February 6th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Our bodies are strong and resilient, but can very easily be let down by environmental and other hazards. Making the effort to eat healthy, clean, and cooking with foods that boost our immunity, we can be one step ahead. We at Naturally Chinese continue to practice this and incorporate in our cooking ingredients that continue to bring you good health. There is great value in understanding the foods you’re fond [...]

New Year Specials

By |January 17th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

No matter how big or small your party may be, our menu has various choices for you and your guests. These dark days of winter leave no excuse to have an abundant table of good food, warmth and great company. And if you and your party are meat lovers, we can design a roast of delectable meats to savour the celebration. Not forgetting fine wines to pair with the feast. [...]

Winter Comfort

By |January 10th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Depending on what your needs and aims are for the season, we have it ready for you to avail of. A must try is our platter designed to fortify with good amounts of protein, a nutritionally well balanced meal that will keep you going throughout the day. Take a look at our menu menu. And of course, we highly recommend our rotisserie especially for all Winter occasions. Succulent flavours delight the [...]

Year of the Tiger

By |January 5th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

In celebration of Chinese new year 2022,  Naturally Chinese prepares for a celebration the weekend of  28th to the 30th January. Treat yourself to authentic luxury of fine Chinese cuisine as we celebrate the prelude to the Year of the Tiger. This year being a year of optimism and bravery, we celebrate qualities of confidence, positivity and enthusiasm. We all have been through some trying times the past two years, [...]

New Year 2022

By |January 1st, 2022|Categories: Blog|

A very Happy New Year 2022 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 [...]

Merry Christmas 2021

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

In addition to the feast and festivities, Christmas to me is more about family and rejuvenation. 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. Simple, elegant and fulfilling just as our aim for 2022 is – to [...]

Family Dining

By |December 18th, 2021|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 [...]

All about great taste

By |December 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Bringing together a group of foods to accentuate taste, delight, aroma and nourishment is the complex simplicity of Chinese cuisine. A good chef knows how much cinnamon, Sichuan pepper or fennel to use in a Pot-au-feu, and it takes years of understanding the elements of taste to harmonise a dish. Deciphering the right cooking method is also of key note: shallow frying versus stir fry, simmering versus steaming to attain [...]

Christmas festivities

By |December 10th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

It's that time of year again and thoughts of that perfect hot pot of goodness that we cook up here at the hands of our esteemed chefs comes to mind. And while preparations for the last couple of weeks of 2021 are moving forward; it’s time to clear out the old to make room for the new. The chance for renewal of some kind, the start of something new and [...]

Organic lemon chicken

By |November 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

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 commands a distinct flavour, and isn’t sweet. There are [...]

Heart warming delight

By |November 20th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Every meal should finish on a sweet note. It need not always be a grand creamy gateau, or a sugary tart. It could be a cup of perfectly made coffee of coffee liqueur. Dessert has been incorporated even during ancient times. Back then, they didn’t have any of the sophisticated baking or sugar craft we have these days. They would serve grapes, dates or honey. The point may very well [...]

Shanghai Dumplings

By |November 12th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

The crown imperial of dim sum! This heavenly delight is a dish you won't want to miss. Known as Xiaolongbao, this soupy dumpling holds the element of surprise in that initial bite. Synonymous with the complexity of Chinese cuisine, the Shanghai dumpling is created with the finest skills of the pastry chef to achieve the perfect structure. The pastry of the dumpling usually contains a seasoned pork filling with a [...]

Scents of spices

By |November 5th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

After a long day of work, and when it’s warm and cozy in the comfort of your own home, this recipe is like magic to lift the spirits and put you in the mood for the Christmas. A mild touch of cinnamon and spice to this medium bodied red wine releases an aroma that delights beyond one you can imagine, and the fruit and nuts in each cup are good [...]

Mid-Week Vegan Special

By |October 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Let us introduce you to our new Vegan Wednesday feasts. Naturally Chinese is offering this healthy set menu option which includes a delectable range of vegan delights. With the holidays around the corner, and the bustle of wanting to make things happen, treat yourself to this nourishing seasonal spread put together just for you. It's also dairy free and gluten free, so all our Coeliac customers can rest assured that [...]

Crispy Pork Belly

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

Back by popular demand, we are bringing you this all time favourite once again at Naturally Chinese. This dish holds a special place for the onset of Autumn.  For those who enjoy a hearty meal, this Chinese crispy pork belly is a treat to discover in every morsel. And it has been common practice for patrons to mop up all those succulent bits of crackling that make this dish special. [...]

Handcrafted with taste

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

Like any art, it takes years of practice to cultivate a mode, a pattern, a personal touch that makes the cooking unique. At Naturally Chinese we see a culinary fusion of sorts, and our chefs continue to test their palettes to see if there may be room for something interesting to come along –something exciting, something modern! Our chefs carry the depth and breadth of experience in culinary skills through [...]

Autumn Delight

By |October 13th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

We're in the run up to Winter, and as the Autumn leaves turn to gold, we begin to feel the need for comfort, warmth and connection. 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 [...]

Live well gluten free

By |September 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

With a little extra diligence and knowledge, our team has adapted to a new way of serving Chinese food. It is of course an option when one comes to dine at Naturally Chinese, as some would prefer wheat in their diet. But the choice of having a gluten free and non gluten free menu is achievable. If ever Chinese food could be unimagined as gluten free, it can exist. As [...]

Succulent Sauces

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

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 sweet and savoury flavour delicately cooked to perfection. Its succulent taste stems from a mix of Chinese spices and vegetables. It’s a dish to behold. We take pride in our heartwarming dishes that present a distinct dark, [...]

Gluten Free Seafood Delights

By |September 10th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

In China, various concoctions of seafood are common in the coastal but mostly stem for the north east coastal region. This is the Shandong region, 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 [...]

The art to ‘feel good’ dinners

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

What makes a ‘feel good’ dinner worth the effort? It not only delights the senses but has the ability to inspire us to be our better selves. 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, [...]

September Days

By |August 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Our favourite task is to put together healthy meals that bring warmth and comfort. There’s nothing like the feel of surrounding yourself with a steamy bowl of rice and soup, followed by a light plate of chicken in cashew sauce, or a platter of stir fry vegetables of the season. Steamed sea bass or succulent lamb with all the flavours intact are a healthy meal choice this month. Combine it [...]

Sichuan Pepper & Wine

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

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 comfort as well as robust vitality to the heart. Sichuan pepper is also known as Chinese coriander. Grown abundantly in the Sichuan region of China, its literal meaning is the flower pepper. The hull of the seed is often used for medicinal purposes. It is curious [...]

Silken Tofu Delicacy

By |August 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

What makes this dish exquisite is the quality of the tofu. Being one of our top dishes, it has garnered attention from enthusiasts.  Silken tofu might be a delicate food to touch but it is one of great resilience and strength. Most tofu appears silky smooth but the difference with Japanese silken tofu or Hiyayakko is that it is softer, milkier with a mild flavour. The process of creating this beautiful food [...]

Chicken Claypot

By |July 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

For a week that gets a little chillier in the middle of Summer, try 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 Xaoxing wine. It is sweet, almost like a sherry which gives a mild marinade to the chicken. Unlike its French counterpart, this dish [...]

Summer reunions

By |July 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Celebrating a birthday this Summer? No matter how big or small your party may be, our menu has various choices for you and your guests. And if you and your party are meat lovers, we can design a roast of delectable meats to savour the celebration. Not forgetting fine wines to pair with the feast. Those precious days of sunshine are coveted. And though they flit between the thick clouds even [...]