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A 15 course tasting menu awaits

2020-04-30T10:46:53+01:00

With 2019 well under way, Naturally Chinese has some exciting events in store. As a part of our celebration of food and Chinese cuisine, we will be hosting a charity dinner. Following on from the success of our first charity dinner in May 2015, we decided to create an evening of fun, friendship and food --all the proceeds of the evening will go to support some of the poorest children and families in Northern Vietnam. This is a charity that is close to our hearts having Vietnamese ties and roots ourselves. A 15 course tasting menu awaits you, and each ticket [...]

A 15 course tasting menu awaits2020-04-30T10:46:53+01:00

Dim Sum Weekend

2020-04-30T10:51:08+01:00

It's almost like a ritual these days -to do a weekend Dim Sum brunch. I see many of you who frequently make a reservation to have a dim sum lunch with the family on either a Saturday or Sunday. 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 [...]

Dim Sum Weekend2020-04-30T10:51:08+01:00

Springtime Lunches

2020-04-30T10:52:57+01:00

It's time again for relishing those long afternoon lunches, the kind we like to enjoy whilst admiring the Spring blossoms. With a mixed bag of weather surprises we've been having, there's still always a reason to gather with friends, feel invigorated by long walks and try to make the best even on a cloudy afternoon. All these tie in nicely with a delicious meal to complement your outing. A fancy pick me up in the form of dim sum might just be what you need to add to your "To Do List". Steaming baskets of buns and dumplings made fresh in [...]

Springtime Lunches2020-04-30T10:52:57+01:00

Prawn Toast

2020-04-30T10:52:57+01:00

My new twist on bread and butter is now that of prawn toast. Usually found as little triangular toasts seasoned in shrimp paste, deep fried and sprinkled with sesame seeds. But today, our chef prepared his version using french baguette, making it light, fluffy, golden and crispy to bite. What a ravishing toasty delight and easy to prepare too. This dish could very well be a relative to french toast but as there is no cream or milk, it makes a savoury delight. Prawn toast is originally a Cantonese creation from the Guangzhou region in China. It has made its way [...]

Prawn Toast2020-04-30T10:52:57+01:00

Tea Tasting Affair

2020-04-30T10:54:54+01:00

Hints of jasmine, honey, magnolia, orange blossom and ginger fill the air as I sample some of the teas I am to select for the Tea Tasting event this Sunday, 18th May. It’s the last day of the Surbiton Food Festival and what better way for us to close than on a ‘Chinese High Tea’ affair. The pairing of tea with food is a vital part of Chinese culture and gastronomy. It elevates the whole dining experience just like wine but only different.  There is a vast history behind the origins of teas and their individual processes and I will talk [...]

Tea Tasting Affair2020-04-30T10:54:54+01:00

The Art Of Dim Sum

2020-04-30T10:55:23+01:00

If I am ever in need of replenishment after a hectic day of work, I have yet to find something that can top the sheer afternoon delight of dim sum. I say afternoon as it is my favourite time to recharge with a cup of jasmine tea and very often a beautiful combination of sweet and savoury bites laid out for my eyes to enjoy before the belly. Suddenly all seems right with the world and I know that no matter what I need to get done, will be done after I enjoy an hour of dim sum. The tradition began [...]

The Art Of Dim Sum2020-04-30T10:55:23+01:00

Mum’s The Word

2020-04-30T10:55:23+01:00

Mother's Day will be here again the following Sunday. As the flowers bloom and all fits in perfectly with the onset of spring, Naturally Chinese has been jotting down plans to celebrate this very special day for mums. Every mum wants to feel appreciated even though they may not show it. Whether it be a card, a flower, a chocolate or a cozy dinner to celebrate, it makes all the difference. Being a mum myself, I can vouch for that. I am thinking that an elegant dim sum brunch/ lunch or a fancy Peking Duck dinner can both make a fabulous [...]

Mum’s The Word2020-04-30T10:55:23+01:00