Posts Tagged “Asian food”

Indian Accent – Mayfair London – restaurant review

Indian Accent – Mayfair London – restaurant review

So, what does one do when a long-loved favourite restaurant closes? Sit in a darkened room in a state of sad dismay? Or, perhaps one visits the newcomer with expectations of disappointment? I did both, but the former, it turns out, was totally over-dramatic and a waste of time, and the latter was unnecessary as…

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Thai Square Fulham – restaurant review

Thai Square Fulham – restaurant review

Yes, dear reader, this is a chain restaurant and I make no apologies for reviewing a Thai Square. Why do chains become chains? Because they become popular. And why are they popular? Because they’re good. Thai Square has been around for a few years now and they have not dropped their standards one bit. The…

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Authentic Recipes from the Philippines by Reynaldo Alejandro – review

Authentic Recipes from the Philippines by Reynaldo Alejandro – review

This is a unique book considering a cuisine little known in Europe. How frequently do we say “let’s go out for a Filipino”? Not often, although the dishes would indeed appeal to Europeans as well as Asians. The Philippine archipelago is part of Southeast Asia and its location has allowed for cultural and culinary influences…

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The Food and Cooking of Japan and Korea by Emi Kazuko – review

The Food and Cooking of Japan and Korea by Emi Kazuko – review

A few years ago our culinary ethnic horizons extended to a Friday night curry and perhaps the occasional Chinese dinner of sweet and sour pork. Often made at home from decent cookbooks, but not often pushing geographic food boundaries. But how about Japan and Korea? These days we are exposed to many more restaurants and…

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The Hunt for Filipino Food: Kusina to Cuisine by St. Theresa’s College Manila Foundation – review

The Hunt for Filipino Food: Kusina to Cuisine by St. Theresa’s College Manila Foundation – review

I am a cookbook reviewer, and it’s always exciting to leaf through pages that offer an insight into a new and vibrant cuisine. And I am a food writer, so I appreciate the effort it takes to compile such a book. Kusina to Cuisine – The Theresian Cookbook had me glowing with child-like joy. We…

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Adam Handling – Asian Accents – restaurant review

Adam Handling – Asian Accents – restaurant review

(This chef has now moved from this restaurant) Adam Handling has been crowned 2014 British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year. That’s no surprise. He is a young man who has already chalked up accolades and praise, and now he has his own name over a restaurant door – Adam Handling at Caxton. St Ermins…

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Spices and Seasons by Rinku Bhattacharya – review

Spices and Seasons by Rinku Bhattacharya – review

Indian is perhaps my favourite cuisine. To be honest though, saying that one is going out for an ‘Indian’ tonight is as ridiculous as saying one is going out for a ‘European’ tonight. Think about the size of that country and you will realise that there must be many cuisines with their own characteristics and…

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Ekachai Oriental Dining Room, Liverpool Street – review

Ekachai Oriental Dining Room, Liverpool Street – review

I know it’s all a matter of taste – literally and metaphorically – when it comes to restaurants. Some diners have a flavour profile in mind, while others judge a restaurant by how sharply the creases might be pressed into the serviettes. Ekachai Oriental Dining Room at Liverpool Street has what might be described as…

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The Food of Vietnam by Luke Nguyen – review

The Food of Vietnam by Luke Nguyen – review

We in the UK, and in London in particular, are blessed with ingredients from across the globe, and with restaurants from every continent. Indian food is popular as we prize its vibrant flavours, Japanese cuisine is demanding notice and presenting delicate tastes. Chinese restaurants have long graced high-streets and now there are authentic and classic…

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Authentic Recipes from Malaysia by Wendy Hutton – review

Authentic Recipes from Malaysia by Wendy Hutton – review

There are just a few Malaysian restaurants in London. I have visited most of them and they range from high-end teak-polished splendour to casual vinyl-topped practicality, but the food so far has ranged from good to outstanding. Authentic Recipes from Malaysia will have you cooking these dishes at home. If you like Indian dishes then…

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The Ultimate Nepalese Cook Book by Pemba Lama – review

The Ultimate Nepalese Cook Book by Pemba Lama – review

“Bravest of the brave, most generous of generous, never had a country more faithful friends than you.” – Sir Ralph Turner, quoted on the Gurkha Memorial in London. I am pleased that The Ultimate Nepalese Cook Book is a creditable and attractive volume. I always endeavour to give honest and positive reviews and I very…

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The Complete Book of Korean Cooking by Young Jin Song – review

The Complete Book of Korean Cooking by Young Jin Song – review

I am convinced that Korean food will be the next big food trend. It has an appealing mix of tongue-tingling spice, light freshness and an array of textures. It’s generally low in fat and high in fibre so will be welcomed by all of us who enjoy robust flavours but yet seek healthful meals. The…

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Modern Thai Food by Martin Boetz – review

Modern Thai Food by Martin Boetz – review

Modern Thai Food is a large-format volume with some of the most stunning food photography I have ever seen. Jeremy Simons takes advantage of full pages to present the most exquisite close-ups. A simple Ginger Martini is beautiful in its organic whiteness, and the Egg Net Rolls with Pork and Shrimp bursts with colour and…

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Easy Chinese Recipes by Bee Yinn Low – review

Easy Chinese Recipes by Bee Yinn Low – review

To any home cook that title might sound attractive – Easy Chinese Recipes – but to a reviewer who is a passionate cook that very same title can cause worries. Is this going to be a book with its focus on convenience foods? Could it be sub-titled “Make Friends with your Microwave”? The reality is…

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The Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook by Fuchsia Dunlop – review

The Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook by Fuchsia Dunlop – review

The title of Fuchsia Dunlop’s Chinese cookbook is intriguing. The Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook might not immediately sound appealing. Is this food for revolutionaries? Perhaps dishes to be welcomed by malcontent student activists and probably served from huge vats dotted around government buildings. It is in fact a tome that could just as reasonably be entitled…

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Thai Bible by Jackie Passmore – review

Thai Bible by Jackie Passmore – review

A few years ago Thai restaurants were rare but that’s changed, and some lucky folks even get to have holidays in Thailand. They return home and search for those exotic and evocative tastes of Bangkok. Whilst it’s true that one can find some authentic dishes in those aforementioned restaurants, one can’t eat out very often…

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Vatch’s Thai Street Food by Vatcharin Bhumichitr – review

Vatch’s Thai Street Food by Vatcharin Bhumichitr – review

Vatch’s Thai Street Food is a lovely large-format volume with brilliant food and travelogue photography by Martin Brigdale and Somachi Phongphaisarnkit. Vatch is in fact Vatcharin Bhumichitr who is probably the most celebrated Thai chef in the UK. He has been cooking and running restaurants in Britain since 1976. Thailand has a vibrant and active…

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Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan – review

Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan – review

This is a chunky, classy tome from Absolute Press (I hope they work the same magic with my book next year!). Its photography is stunning, urban and imaginative. It’s a cookbook, for sure, but it’s also a modern food history and a tale of a thriving empire. This might not be the book that you…

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Quick and Easy Korean Cooking by Celia Hae-Jin Lee – review

Quick and Easy Korean Cooking by Celia Hae-Jin Lee – review

Korean food has a place in America’s restaurant and recipe book pantheon but it’s a newcomer on the European food scene. There are more and more restaurants to be found but they are not as common as Indian restaurants, or even fish and chip shops, those bastions of traditional British dining that seem to be…

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Easy Japanese Cooking – Appetizer Rex by Kentaro Kobayashi – review

Easy Japanese Cooking – Appetizer Rex by Kentaro Kobayashi – review

The author, Kentaro Kobayashi, is a young man with both talent and passion. He started his working life as an illustrator but soon displayed his flair for food. (He gets that from his mum who is an award-winning cookbook author.) His motto has always been “easy yet delicious, stylish yet realistic”. He has featured in…

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