Guyuan – the Secret Chinese Restaurant

Tamarind and Thyme

I had heard whispers through the grapevine of a secret Chinese restaurant in South Kensington for a few years now and recently, I confirmed its existence. There’s no information online….in English. It turns out that there’s been a bit of chatter online in Chinese and it was my food-loving Chinese colleague who found it and it’s thanks to him that we had a chance to eat there. He had managed to gather 16 of us to try it one night. Its name is Guyuan, which translates to ‘old garden’ or ‘old paradise’.

As for location, I’ll only say that it’s not far from South Kensington tube station! The secret restaurant is run by a restaurateur whose restaurants serve very different cuisines and this is clearly a labour of love to him. There’s only one room that holds a massive round table with a massive lazy susan in the middle. It’s…

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Damiana Liqueur

Home And Spirit

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Oh my!  Look what I found!  I didn’t know you could get this in the UK!  I found it on http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/.  It’s suppose to have a cinnamon and honey kind of flavour so I’m thinking how would this taste in mulled wine?  I am not a big fan of liqueurs or hard alcohol but the possibility of something of this flavour and with added health benefits sounds good to me!  They also sell other herbal liqueurs including one made of cloves.  I love cloves!

Anyway, as I just this morning posted about Damiana leaf and its benefits, I thought I had to share this as well.  So if tea is not for you….

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Cameras and Duck Wraps…

Callum's Kitchen Creations

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another blog post, today is a multitude of items, well 2 items. Firstly cameras, at the start of this blog adventure I promised you I would buy a new camera to take some better pictures and I have. I will post a link at the end so you can see what I will be working with, so expect some half decent pictures from now on!

ONTO THE DUCK! – Now after using most of the roasted duck on a roast on Sunday I have used most of the (usable) meat to create duck pancakes! But these are not like the traditional Chinese ones but much rather like a British Duck wrap. They couldn’t be simpler to make.

Simply slice up spring onions, cucumber and duck into long thin strips. Spoon a teaspoon of hoisin sauce onto a flour tortilla and spread, throw…

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Summer Strawberry Salad

Eat To Inspire

This is a salad that I made recently.

Ingredients;

  • Organic lettuce
  • Basil
  • Strawberries
  • Organic cucumber

Mango Dressing;

  • Mangoes
  • Water

To make the salad simply toss all of the ingredients into a big bowl.

To create the dressing blend as many mangoes as your heart desires with a little water.

To eat simply pour the mango dressing onto the salad and nom nom nom…

Simple.

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Kozasa

The Dirty Stall

Not to be mistaken for the similarly named Kozasa Sushi over in the Ginza district, Kozasa is another one of those small and unassuming sushi-yas, hidden away in a crowded maze of streets and alleys behind trendy Shibuya.

It’s actually located at the first floor of a tiny apartment complex, just behind the small carpark upfront. If not for their bright signage, I would have probably missed it as well.

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