The Future of British Street Food

In the last decade, Britain has seen an explosion of British street food all across the country, from massive events like the touring Foodie Festival, to small farmers markets in small towns villages across the length and breadth of the country. So where’s it heading? Coming from Asia, the idea of street food has expanded […]

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Tare – Ramen’s Secret Sauce

What is tare anyway? In terms of ramen, tare refers to the seasoning of the soup, where you salty, miso, sweet or spicy flavours often come from. In terms of shio (salt) or shoyu (soy) ramen, it’s main ingredient and flavour is right there in the name. But surely it’s not just a load of […]

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Instant Noodles

Instant noodles, isntant ramen, pot noodle. Whatever you want to call them. As an aspiring ramen chef, I should hate them, right? Of course not! I don’t quite understand why people believe that chefs will always eat freshly prepared, best-of-the-best food. We may prefer it, but to cook a full meal everyday sometimes just isn’t […]

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Hey Sensei, soup first or noodles first?

Student: Hey Sensei, soup first or noodles first? Sensei: First, observe the whole bow. Student: Yes. Sensei: Appreciate its gesalt. Savour the aromas. Jewels of fat glistening on the surface. Bamboo shoots shining.Seaweed slowly sinking. Spring onions floating. Concentrate on the three pork slices… They play the key role but moderately hidden.   Sensei: First, […]

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Yakitori!

  Yakitori, or grilled chicken, is another of my favourite Japanese street or bar foods. You can find shops all over the country, and yakitori stalls at any event or festival. Yakitori is all different parts of the chicken grilled over charcoal, using specfic wood to give the right smoky flavours to the meat. Using […]

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Mushrooms! Mushrooms!

And now anyone on the internet in 2009 has an annoying song in their head. But anyway.   Mushrooms are amazing. There are well over 10,000 different varieties, all over the world, and humans have found a wide range of uses for them, from medicine, to cooking, to narcotics. Of course, I’m focussed on the […]

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Eggs

Photo Credit: John Lodder Eggs were a tricky one for me for a few reasons. To get that perfect soft-boiled egg takes practice, precision and control. It took me a long time to figure out how to get them right, and even now I sometimes get it wrong. But I’m nearly there. A fresh egg cooks […]

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