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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 [...]

Vital ingredients

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

A key ingredient to providing a zing of strength and calm is Ginger. By far, it is probably the most rejuvenating. In fact, the more mature the ginger, the more it is packed with richer flavour and potency blending very well with any kind of seafood, meat and game. Turmeric, which is a kind of ginger root can work like magic if used correctly in the right combination and portion. [...]

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 [...]

The taste of organic chicken

By |July 15th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

If you're curious about the difference in taste of free range organic chicken or the other alternative, there is no comparison. The taste of free range organic chicken is more delicious, tender and juicer we have found. But the more important reason we decided to offer it at the restaurant was so that you as a customer have the choice, and know where the chicken is coming from and how [...]

July’s Chef’s Special

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

Introducing Naturally Chinese's house special fried rice! ... What a sight to behold in this almost architectural sculpture of food. This is a new dish concocted by our talented chef who combines great taste and arrangement in a symphony of culinary delight. You might wonder, well, where is the rice? The element of surprise is revealed when the softly embedded casing of egg white, like a humble gift wrapped around [...]

A word of appreciation

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

For those times we forget to appreciate a father's love, today is a reminder that we benefit to remember that in spite of any differences we've had with parents, we are lucky that we were given life by them. I love the saying that goes about a father: "a son's first hero, a daughter's first love". Doesn't it ring true for most of us? Indeed we are influenced by our first [...]

London’s best Dim Sum

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

Naturally Chinese Restaurant over the past nine 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, [...]

Father’s Day

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

Like all things we love to celebrate here at Naturally Chinese, Father’s Day is one that ranks top of our list. We have a few dads amongst our team and I see the hopefulness and excitement on Father’s Day to receive a card or a hug from their children which I find to be very endearing and heart warming. Whether your plans might be to treat dad to a home [...]

Summer days

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

Summer will be here before we know it. And this year, there is plenty to look forward to --a fresh new approach to Summer activities, birthday parties or family reunions. Here at Naturally Chinese, we look forward to provide a setting that is hospitable with food to enjoy to your heart’s content. We’re revamping our menu to offer some delicious delectables -- with a view to give you a comprehensive [...]

Authentic with a modern flare

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

Chinese cuisine traditionally has always maintained a healthy approach to food. It was perhaps the advent of fast food -adding MSG and other additives to preserve that developed into a new kind of Chinese cuisine. And from that there possibly could be a 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 [...]

Share a little, live a little

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

Our team of chefs at Naturally Chinese have been working away and gearing up to bring you some exciting twists on some of your favourite delights. Summer will be here soon, and what brings to mind this season is the sharing table comprising of delectable morsels of food that can be enjoyed by all. Everyone gets to taste everything, and isn’t sharing more fulfilling anyway? So try some verdant dumplings, [...]

A path to originality

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

We all have our path to focus on and how we drive our business is indicative most likely of how we run our lives. In threading our own paths, it leads us to finding an originality and authenticity that is unique to each one of us. In my business, I don’t pretend to be anything other than what I truly believe and have a passion for. I am happy to [...]

Re-Opening

By |May 16th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Naturally Chinese will be re-opening on Wednesday, the 19th of May. This week brings a buzz of excitement after the long hiatus from dining in. You will be pleased to know that we have been working away during this time to make your dining experience with us as safe and delicious as possible. Our head chef has a tantalising range of dishes that he will be presenting in the weeks [...]

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 [...]