Anatolian Turkish Restaurant, Abergavenny

One of the Anatolian mixed sets

When Pete and I moved from London to a small village close to Abergavenny at the start of 2019, one of the cuisines we really missed was Turkish. In our old home in North Finchley, London we had easy access to several excellent Turkish restaurants which we visited often! After moving, although we enjoyed the ... Read more »

Small Plate Feasting at Parallel, Cardiff

Mackerel Ceviche

Parallel is the sibling restaurant to Pasture Cardiff, a high quality steak restaurant that opened in Cardiff 3 years ago, two years after owner Sam Elliott launched Pasture Bristol. Elliott introduced Parallel in March last year and the small plates restaurant opened to almost immediate praise from critics and customers alike. At a time when ... Read more »

Taiwanese Cold Sesame Noodles (涼麵, Liang Mian)

Cold Sesame Noodles

A simple noodle dish garnished with egg, cucumbers, and carrots with a sesame sauce, Liang Mian is a popular dish sold from casual eateries, street food stalls and convenience stores across Taiwan. This recipe is from Made in Taiwan by Clariss Wei, published by Simon and Schuster. Read our detailed book review of Made In Taiwan. ... Read more »

Taiwanese Three-Cup Chicken (三杯雞, Sān Bēi Jī)

Three Cup Chicken

Three-Cup Chicken is a quick, easy and delicious dish to make, perfect for a midweek meal or part of a weekend feast. Originating in the Jiangxi Province of China, it came to Taiwan with the Hakka people. The Taiwanese version adds a big handful of basil and is a staple of both home cooking and ... Read more »

Taiwanese Scallion Pancake | 蔥油餅, Cōng You Bˇıng

Scallion Pancake

Crispy, soft and flaky scallion (spring onion) pancakes are a popular street food in Taiwan. Made from a wet, unleavened dough rather than a batter, they are often eaten for breakfast, but can be enjoyed at any time of the day, with or without an egg. Fried fresh for each customer, vendors usually roll them ... Read more »

Made In Taiwan by Clarissa Wei with Ivy Chen

Made In Taiwan by Clarissa Wei with Ivy Chen

“Taiwanese food, that’s basically the same as Chinese, isn’t it?” That’s the refrain I heard from quite a few people when we planned our two holidays to Taiwan. The answer is “yes and no“, but that “no” is no small thing at all. Yes, a large swathe of Taiwanese cuisine has similarity to Chinese dishes ... Read more »

Slow Cooker Beef Joint in Pedro Ximinez and Red Wine (Two Ways)

Slow Cooker Beef Joint in Pedro Ximinez and Red Wine

A joint of beef cooked slowly in a braising liquid of beef stock, red wine and Pedro Ximinez sherry with whole shallots, sliced onions and carrots makes a perfect winter warmer and also fits the bill whenever you’re seeking comfort. This recipe can be served two ways: cook the beef joint until it’s tender but ... Read more »

Vietnamese Lime Soda with Strawberries

Lime Soda with Strawberries

This refreshing lime soda with strawberries is a perfect summer drink featuring fresh strawberries, lime juice, brown sugar or maple syrup, and an unexpected pinch of black pepper. It’s from food writer and photographer Uyen Luu’s latest book, Vietnamese: Simple Vietnamese Food to Cook at Home In the recipe’s introduction Luu remembers her first taste ... Read more »

Vietnamese Quick and Lazy Drenched Cold Noodles

Quick and Lazy Drenched Cold Noodles

This quick and simple cold noodle recipe is immensely satisfying and perfect for a quick lunch or dinner when you’re short on time but craving great flavours. It’s also a handy way to use up ingredients from your fridge or store cupboard. Read our full review of Vietnamese Vegetarian by Uyen Luu. This is a ... Read more »

Vietnamese Black Bean Aubergines

Vietnamese Black Bean Aubergines

This beautiful black bean aubergine recipe from Uyen Luu’s Vietnamese Vegetarian cookery book delivers maximum flavour for very little effort, taking only 10 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook. If you like, you can also make the sauce ahead of time and reheat when ready to serve Read our full review of Vietnamese ... Read more »