Quê Charity

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It had been a few years ago when we had received a letter from a lady in Hanoi asking us for some help for a humanitarian cause, to help some of the poorest families living in Northern Vietnam. At the time, we had sent money and some supplies as a way of helping her out. We quickly became aware that … Read More

Dining for a good cause

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Following on from the success of our first charity dinner in May 2015, we will be hosting a special 15 course tasting menu in honour of the Quê Charity to support some of the poorest families in Northern Vietnam. The most amazing part of this event is that every little bit goes a very long way for these families and makes … Read More

Christmas 2018

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With only eight weeks to Christmas, and the time passing so quickly –we want to make sure that you enjoy the time before the big holiday. It’s a common feeling that Christmas comes and goes in a blink of an eye and we wonder whether we’ve made the best use of the time before the bustling week in late December. … Read More

Autumn Harvest

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May I introduce you to the Chinese Winter Melon. Also known as the ash gourd, wax gourd, tallow gourd, even an ash squash. It’s incredibly large as it is magnificent, and eaten as a vegetable when it matures to full size. The taste and texture remains a mild and delicate crunch with a high level of hydration and vitamin C. … Read More

Autumn Gatherings

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Naturally Chinese Restaurant

We’ve felt the sudden change in the air. It’s colder, the light is different and the leaves are at their peak of gold. Autumn is perhaps the best season according to most. While Summer is celebratory in a way that we want to head to the beach and BBQ, and let our hair down, Autumn has a way of bringing … Read More

Silken Tofu Claypot

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Japanese Silken Tofu

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 requires tremendous patience and skill. In some of the villages up near the … Read More

Reviving and Healing

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Good Food

In Asian cuisine, very often the range of vegetables runs between a variety of colours, textures and tastes. This is to bring balance of sweet, bitter, astringent and sour. The smooth, salty and spicy are added by way of spices, salts and oils. A sprinkle of seeds such as sesame are a common practice.  And even though most of them … Read More

Seafood dishes

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Chinese Scallops and Broccoli, Naturally Chinese Restaurant

A Chinese menu isn’t complete without an array of seafood dishes. 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 Hongkong master chefs specialise in dim sum and the use of spices and flash frying, the northern way … Read More

Cooked On A Slow Fire

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Although this is a favourite all year round, it holds a special place for the onset of Autumn. The Pork Belly being a tender meat offers the chance to enjoy the sweet and savoury flavour delicately and slowly cooked over a slow fire. Its succulent taste stems from a mix of Chinese spices, sherry, citrus and preserved vegetables. It’s a … Read More

Autumnal Comfort

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Prawn Wanton Soup with noodles

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 comfort.  Soups and hot broths are back … Read More