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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 [...]

Holiday Hustle

By |November 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and feeling like the shorter days leave less time to get things done, it’s important to still make time for oneself. A little luxury and pampering at Christmas is more than acceptable. I’ve had to work harder at making time for that little luxury – to make my Christmas sparkle, whether it be going to dinner with a friend, or creating [...]

Small Bites and Fizz

By |November 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Thinking of having a get-together for a company Christmas do? No one likes to feel forced into attending a company party. But making your team feel that they are valued, and that you’re taking the time to plan something exciting (and especially with good food), can make a big difference. Maybe you’re thinking of planning a night out at a comedy club, a concert or even an evening of dancing for your [...]

Claypots and Casseroles

By |October 31st, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Eating well during the holidays 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. This is why we’ve brought together the christmas feel good dinners at Naturally Chinese. Which would you say are the foods that bring you [...]

Pan fried sea bass with pine nuts

By |October 24th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

To grace the Christmas season with exciting flavours and aromas, our pan fried sea bass with pine nuts is not one to be missed out on. The pairing of spices, herbs and vegetable purees make this dish a tantalizing contender on the cold days of winter. The pine nuts are not merely a garnish but balance the creaminess of the fish and the zesty freshness of the spiced sauce. Sea [...]

Cooked to Perfection

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

On our corner of rotisserie meats on the menu, take note of the crispy pork belly which is like a fine delicacy in Chinese cuisine. Cooked to perfection with succulent juices 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 [...]

Seasonal Sampler Menu

By |October 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Here's a seasonal sampler that might just inspire the holiday mood. The excitement of Christmas can be all consuming with shopping for presents, traffic jams and other events that leave us preoccupied. So we're putting together a fortifying and satisfying menu that we hope will bring you good cheer, taking away some of the holiday stress to leave you relaxed. And, if you're having a birthday Christmas, a family get [...]

Holiday Season Planning

By |October 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

The countdown to the biggest celebration of the year begins! You can see glimpses of sparkles and Christmas trees in the big shops already. And the significant change in weather reminds us that Christmas will be here before we know it. For me, the build up to the day is always exciting. And early as it might seem, it’s always good to plan ahead. Those heart warming days in December [...]

The Price of Health

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

For many of us, the price of health is becoming an important discussion in our daily lives. We are often faced with the question when buying our food, what would be a healthier option? And if we don't know the answer for sure, we find ourselves in a dilemma --researching ingredients and trying to understand where our food is coming from. Cost is not necessarily the primary factor anymore, it [...]

Autumn Leaves To Come

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

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 marvelous run of Summer, and [...]

Szechuan Peppers

By |September 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

On those days when you just want something hot peppery and delicious, this is our signature King prawn Szechuan style, and it is what hits the spot. A melange of Szechuan peppers, hot chillies and spring onions in a succulent sauce brings vigor and enhances mood especially on those grey windy days. Many may find this a little spicy to their palette but it makes for an exciting dish to [...]

Traditionally Modern

By |September 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

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 [...]

The Tender Dishes

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

We recently introduced free range organic chicken on our menu, sourcing the produce from a local British Organic farm. I believe this has made a difference to not only the taste and texture of the dishes but to the overall well being of the restaurant. It’s not just about us and what we eat, it’s also what we contribute to our environment. It is easy to see that if we [...]

New season, new tastes

By |September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

As we embark on September; the days getting shorter but still with the hope that the month will bring us some more precious moments of sunshine to enjoy. This transitional season gives us the time to firm up some loose ends before the excitement of Christmas. For a special time like September, the dim sum afternoon makes a perfect lunch occasion after a walk in the park or shopping with [...]

Nutritional Contentment

By |August 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Which would you say are the foods that bring you nutritional contentment? And how do you cook them, if you do? Perhaps it is the way the dish is prepared or its texture, saltiness, even sweetness, but my favourite foods to look forward to this season are the rich dark vegetables. The vegetable or plant food brings the best nutritive value. In addition to this, there are other benefits such [...]

Free Range Organic Chicken braised in wine

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

We’re proud to serve free range organic chicken to the menu. Knowing where our chickens come from and how they are treated is a top priority and if you’re a fan of our chicken dishes, this one will prove immensely satisfying. Prepared with essentially Chinese herbs and wine, what makes it distinctive is the wine – fermented rice wine known as Xaoxing wine. It is sweet, almost like a sherry [...]