September Degustabox Review

October 31, 2015

Degustabox* is a great way to discover new snacks, drinks and cooking condiments. Back in April, I got my first Degustabox and loved the concept. A box costs £12.99 including delivery and will include 9-14 items, and it will work out cheaper than buying everything individually. 

Weird & Amazing Food Combination Recipe | Pink Lady Apple Kimchi with Bacon and Rice

October 27, 2015

Are you all thinking apple and kimchi sound strange and weird? Yup, I experimented and it turned out awesome. 

Kyoto Day 4 - Kiyomizudera Temple

October 26, 2015

It's day 4 and the final day of the Kyoto part of our honeymoon. We're catching an early afternoon train to Osaka which only takes 30 minutes on the express train, but before we start the 3rd leg of Japan (1st part Tokyo, 2nd part Kyoto), there's still one sight we want to see; Kiyomizudera Temple.

Kiyomizudera Temple means 'Pure Water Temple' getting it's name from Otowa waterfall's pure waters. It's one of Kyoto's must visited temples and it ancient grandeur still stands.

Something New Everyday With Wonderush

October 22, 2015

So what are you up to today? 

London is an amazing city with more to do and more to eat than you can imagine but do this a few times a week and you'll find your bank balance in overdraft weeks before you make it to payday.

This is where Wonderush* comes in. How does paying a flat fee of £29 a month and having access to unlimited classes and events sound? If you manage to do something new everyday, this works out to £1 a day, and we are talking about awesome events that wouldn't even cross your mind to do. 

3 Ingredient Spicy + Tangy Chicken Wings with Salad

October 21, 2015

Chicken wings! I don't think it's much of a secret that if you are Asian, you will love your wings, I know I certainly do and even hosted a chicken wing party once upon a time. If you are a lover of wings, take a look at my chicken wing recipes and I'd love to know if you try any of them out.

Tesco's Beautifully Balanced Frozen Range

October 20, 2015

When you work full time or lead a busy life, it's not easy to find the time to cook all the time. Whilst you guys know I love to cook most of the time, there are days when I want to eat out or cook with minimum effort. I'm talking instant noodles with frankfurters and 'ding ding' meals here.

Top 10 Things to Do in Hong Kong

October 18, 2015

Hong Kong is a city that has everything, so how to whittle it down to Top 10 Things To Do in Hong Kong?

Impressive and modern skyscrapers adorn the skyline with neon lighted signages screaming to be read amongst the bustle of hole-in-the-wall shops down below. If the city overwhelms your senses too much, take a trip to the sub tropical beaches that surround the island of Hong Kong, or take a tea break in the old cultural tea houses and rub shoulders with the locals.

Bake off with Debenhams + Kenwood

October 16, 2015

A few weeks back I was lucky to be invited to #BakewithDebs, an evening of baking with Debenhams in partnership with Kenwood and Debenhams homeware designer, Ashley Thomas. The event was held at the fun-tastic Jenius Social, a cookery school in Islington that also hosts events such as supper clubs and private dining events.

Eating Healthy And Deliciously With Vital ingredient

October 15, 2015

Healthy salad bars for lunch? No way! It's not that I'm not health conscious, because I am, but lunch is possibly my largest meal of the day and it's usually when I crave something really substantial. I'm talking about a full plate of chilli con carne with rice, proper burgers with fries and slaw and maybe even a meaty fried noodle.

The Little Viet Kitchen Islington, By Thuy Kelly

October 14, 2015

A girl with a passion for sharing food from her home in Vietnam, and turning her dreams into reality is the master chef behind The Little Viet Kitchen in Islington. Meet Thuy Kelly.

I met Thuy through friends years ago and through her facebook updates, I saw her journey from posting home cooked meals, to blogging, to creating her successful supper club, to pop ups and now her remarkable restaurant. Talk about inspirational!

Due to a case of bad timing, I never managed to make it to her supper clubs so when she finally let out the big news she was opening a restaurant, I knew it wouldn't be long until I tried it out.

The Little Viet Kitchen in Islington is one of the most charming and cosiest restaurants there are in London. The decor is a fantastic mix of shabby chic, rustic, industrial and romanticised by the fresh pink peonies and soft candlelight throughout the restaurant. I loved the finishing touches in here and the fact that everything was so Instagrammable!

I've now been twice to Thuy's restaurant and sampled a good range of the menu. The food is fresh, tasty and healthy, and you'll find menu items here that can't be found in other Vietnamese restaurants.

From a combination of both visits, here are the Starters:

Deep fried tofu with LVK lemongrass chilli sauce. The tofu was fried until golden, with a crispy exterior and squidgy middle. Topped with that sauce, it tasted devine. My favourite of the starters!  

Vietnamese pork spring rolls. Crispy and chewy on the outside with deliciously filled insides. The fish sauce vinegerette nuoc cham is spot on in flavour. This is the soul of the dish and can rectify even the most disastrous of dishes and Thuy's version is one of the best I've had.
Pork summer rolls. Fresh and healthy, although it's a little light in flavour. The nuoc cham made it special again. 

Caramelised Chinese sausage summer rolls. A most interesting way to use Chinese sausage but I did find it a bit too hard to work with the soft textures of the summer rolls. Still tasty though.

 Prawn summer rolls.
Prawn pops. Crunchy crumbed coating with succulent and flavoursome prawns inside. Delicious dip of spicy mayo too.

Crispy pancake banh xeo. I was never a fan until trying Thuy's version. It's crispy, slightly chewy and the fillings are well seasoned. 

With all the starters, first of all, the presentation was incredible and definitely made all the dishes look even more appetising that it already was. Secondly, is it even possible to make fried food taste so healthy?! Of all the deep fried starters we ordered, non of it was greasy. In fact, I couldn't even detect the oil! Along with the abundant green garnishes, I feel so healthy eating here.

For the Mains:

Mixed beef pho. Look at that marrow! The soup is the soul of the a good bowl of pho and this was a good one. There was lots of depth of flavour and all the beefy bits were good too.

Prawn and spring roll salad bowl. The prawn was super delicious, crisp, meaty and succulent. 

Bun bo hue. This spicy noodle soup wasn't spicy at all, but I've been told that I can ask for more heat. Again, good broth but it was leaning on the oily side.

 Caramelised pork salad bowl. 

Pork slow cooked in coconut juice with eggs with rice. This is a proper home style type of dish that I love seeing at LVK. The pork was tender and surrounded by sweet coconut liquid.

Thanks Thuy for treating us to dessert!

 The first visit.

2nd visit. 
Thuy was so generous and sent me home with these beautiful sauces. The lemongrass chilli is excellent! So far, I've eaten it spooned on top of a bowl of rice and used it stir fried with pork. The pineapple and chilli sauce is especially great for salads and grilled seafood. They also went so well with some summer rolls I made at home - I had some serious cravings for Vietnamese food after eating all that deliciousness at TVK.

If you haven't been yet, you need to book your table.

2 Chapel Market
N1 9EZ


Cocktail Week with Wine Cocktails

October 13, 2015

Last week was cocktail week and I wonder how many of you guys have been indulging in it?!

Travel + Wanderlust: More Makes Merry

October 12, 2015

Being able to travel freely is one of life's merry pleasures and nothing beats seeing the world through your own eyes and absorbing it all in. I mean who doesn't like to come home and share a travel story?! I love travelling and sharing my travel stories incessantly, recently with plenty of blog posts on Hong Kong and Japan, and in the past, Paris too.

Love Food Hate Waste, #useyourloaf With Nancy Birtwhistle

October 09, 2015

Love Food Hate Waste have teamed up with Nancy Birtwhistle to launch #useyourloaf, a campaign to encourage the nation to come up with great ways to use up leftover bread. The campaign kicked started last week, and I was lucky enough to be invited to breakfast cooked by Nancy herself, with recipes that used up stale bread of course. Before you say urgh about stale bread, everything we ate was absolutely delicious.

Kyoto Day 3 - Kurama Onsen's Outdoor Hot Spring and Yakitori Dinner in Gion

October 08, 2015

Kurama Onsen is a bit of a trek from Arashiyama, located in west Kyoto, where we'd spent our morning and early afternoon. We needed to make our way back to central Kyoto and then head up north to Kurama.

Jeremy Pang's 15 Minute Noodle Kit, School of Wok

October 07, 2015

Jeremy Pang's School of Wok has been making waves in the foodie world and I was excited to be invited to the launch of his new 15 minute noodle kit demonstration. Does a 15 minute noodle kit sound too good to be true? But more importantly, how authentic is it?

Kyoto Day 3 - The Bamboo Groves of Arashiyama

October 06, 2015

Day 3 of our Kyoto trip, we were off to do something more relaxing; walking through the bamboo groves of Arashiyama and going for a relaxing soak in a natural outdoor onsen (hot spring).  

Living Room Decor - Before & After

October 05, 2015

I love sharing home posts, which you guys know from my kitchen and bathroom updates, and I'm happy to finally have some good photos to share of our living room.

I've been slowing adding the finishing touches to our home, so expect to see more of these posts! We have a through lounge (open space of living and dining room), so first up is the living room.

A Natural British Crunch, Corkers Crisps

October 02, 2015

Most people know that I am absolutely addicted to crisps and I have been called a crisps-monster before! I have no problems devouring bags for breakfast, lunch and dinner so when the lovely people at Corkers Crisps* asked if I'd like to try some crisps with a natural British crunch, I obviously couldn't say no...    

Corkers crisps are made with East Anglian spuds and hand cooked in sunflower oil. In 2013, they were awarded gold stars from the Great Taste Awards for their Pork Sausage + English Mustard, Sea Salt + Black Pepper and Sea Salt! The Great Taste Awards are organised by the Guild of Fine Food and are in association with Harrods.

Japanese Hot Spring Egg in Dashi, Onsen Tamago

October 01, 2015

For those who are unfamiliar with the words onsen tamago, onsen means hot springs and tamago means eggs in Japanese. I first encountered this beautiful creation in Koya, the beloved udon bar that has now sadly closed in Soho (Koya bar still stands so it's not all tears).

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