Making Homemade Kaya in a Sous Vide Water Bath

Since our trip to Hong Kong in January, I’ve been dreaming about French toast served with kaya, a thick sweet coconut spread. On chatting to my dear friend Diana about my experimentations with French toast made in my waffle machine, she mentioned that she’d come across a few recipes for making kaya using a sous ... Read more »

Bang Bang Oriental | A Phoenix From The Ashes of Colindale’s Oriental City

This is a really happy day. I’m so thrilled that I’m actually sitting here grinning like a loon as I write this, having just this second got home from Bang Bang Oriental. It opened this weekend and I was there like a shot. Bang Bang Oriental, you see, is the replacement for Oriental City which ... Read more »

Noodle! by MiMi Aye

‘Burma has some glorious noodle dishes’, says MiMi Aye, explaining her enduring obsession with this ubiquitous but underappreciated ingredient. As a child, MiMi learned to cook Shan and Burmese food from her mother who she describes as ‘a brilliant cook’, and enjoyed many holidays spent visiting family in Burma (also known as Myanmar), learning even ... Read more »

Pan Asian at Chi Kitchen Oxford Street

Yes, this is the second Pan Asian restaurant in less than a month, following my visit to Too Too Moo Whetstone at the beginning of the year. Chi Kitchen is located inside Debenhams’ flagship Oxford Street store, though it does have its own external entrance on the corner of Henrietta Place and Marylebone Lane. If ... Read more »

Pan Asian at TooTooMoo Whetstone | Neighbourhood Dining

I’m not always complimentary about restaurants that offer more than one cuisine, most typically an array of Pan Asian dishes covering countries across East Asia. Too many of them do none of the dishes justice and the result is disappointment all round. But when a North London restaurant chain invited me to visit the newly ... Read more »

Sedap: Chinese-Malay in Old Street

Sedap is a small neighbourhood restaurant along London’s Old Street, offering Chinese-Malaysian cuisine. With a well-priced weekday lunch menu, it was a good budget choice for meeting up with a friend who works nearby. The space is small and has an informal cafe vibe. Service is efficient and helpful. Priced at £7.80, the lunch menu ... Read more »