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Where to Find Amazing Asian Food in London, the best Asian Food in London

The flavors of Asia are more alive in London than ever: With an eclectic mash-up of Eastern flavors and tastes including Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, and Vietnamese cuisines, you can find authentic elements of street food mixed with classics, premium ingredients like Wagyu and Kobe beef, comfort food, and of course, steaming bowls of ramen. From expansive spaces to small storefronts, London’s love affair with Asian cuisine shows no sign of cooling off. Below, we’ve honed in on a unique sampling of these on-trend eateries.
Sleek Asian

Curry Laksa from TING

It’s like a scene of out a James Bond film at elegant TĪNG (located on the thirty-fifth floor of the luxurious Shangri-La at The Shard), which doubles as a restaurant and lounge inside Renzo Piano’s iconic skyscraper. To enjoy the expansive city views, opt for afternoon tea—including both Asian and traditional English preparations. The lounge grants you a la carte Malaysian options including specialties like nasi goreng, char kuey teow, and wonton soup—all deeply satisfying. If you want to continue a taste of the Bond life, retreat to the hotel’s new Signature Suites and have your butler deliver a late-night bowl of spicy curry laksa.

In Soho, The Duck & Rice, an innovative, stylish “Chinese gastropub” from restaurateur Alan Yau, riffs on classic pub fare by pairing it with Chinese comfort-food elements. The tender Cantonese duck is a given, and both the salt-and-pepper squid and hearty chili Sichuan chicken with spring onions, garlic, dry red chili, and peppercorns pair well with a cold beer—make sure to see what’s on tap from the huge on-site copper tanks.
Street Food

Whaam Banh Mi

For takeaway Vietnamese sandwiches, look no further than the cheerful Whaam Banh Mi. Owner Tom Barlow lived in Vietnam for a few years, and his research paid off. The result is a mix of airy baguettes filled with slow-cooked fillings like tender brisket with fresh herbs.

For Taiwanese street food dishes, the small, sleek BAO offers steamed buns generously filled with braised pork and peanut powder; a dessert version is made with with Horlicks ice cream and doughnut batter.

Beer & Buns

Like its name suggests, Beer & Buns doles out Japanese micro-brewed beers and fluffy buns filled with classics like pork belly, pulled duck leg, and “kaki fry” vegetables, with assorted slaws and chutneys. Beyond buns, opt for the Korean chicken wings and afterward join in on an on-site retro rock ‘n’ roll pinball (or foosball) game.

Casual Japanese pubs have arrived in posh Mayfair. The Woodstock Kushiyaki Bar (11 Woodstock St.; +44 20 7499 4342), which claims to be London’s first authentic izakaya, is the spot for Asian beer like Asahi and hirata buns (the Asian equivalent of the burger). With more than twenty skewers including vegetarian options, the menu showcases freshly grilled kushiyaki (with teriyaki sauce) and fried kushiage (fried skewers with miso and dashi). Don’t miss the generous chunks of pork belly and the king prawns with lime (add extra teriyaki). Wash everything down with some Japanese whisky.
Korean Food


On Carnaby, find Korean comfort food with a mod twist at the dark wood-on-wood Jinjuu (which translates to “Pearl”) helmed by chef Judy Joo, who worked for Gordon Ramsay. Instagram-worthy dishes like Korean tacos, bibimbap (a combination of vegetables, rice, and marinated tofu), barbecued meats, and plates like bo ssäm pork belly with apple cabbage kimchi wash down well with soju (Korea’s popular and potent distilled beverage) cocktails.

For rock ‘n’ roll flair, stop by the dimly lit, divey, pan-Asian eatery Joe’s Oriental Diner on King’s Road for Asian beers and Australian chef Scott Hallsworth’s menu. Mixing plates include low-key crisp Asian vegetables, barbecue scallops, crab claws in fried wonton skins with sweet chili, steamed buns with beef, and Thai pork sausage. On Fridays, head over for happy hour and barbecue wings. Of course, there are ample cocktails to get “soy sauced” on, including the Nuclear Daiquiri (lime, honey, chartreuse, and overproof rum) and the Singapore Sling (pineapple, cherry, gin, and grenadine).
Kobe Beef

Soho’s small, narrow Engawa is one of the handful of eateries that offer Wagyu beef in London. Inside, nab one of the twenty-nine seats for a lunch of bento boxes or a dinner of three-, five-, or eight-course tasting menus, which include the pricey Kobe beef three ways and artistically crafted plates with gorgeous fresh sushi and sashimi. Perhaps the best seat is at the bar, where you can watch the chefs work their culinary cutting-skill magic.
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Why Do We Need Muffins?

Why Do We Need Muffins?

A few days ago someone added a very interesting comment to a recipe for healthy muffins, which really got me thinking…

Do we really need muffins?

The lady asked a very valid question; after pointing out that the muffins did in fact look scrummy, she asked why we needed muffins at all, of any description; why couldn’t we just eat the dates, apples and carrots that were in them, as they come, and enjoy them?

This really did get me thinking and I thought it was well worthy of a mention!

Myself and my family do eat loads of fresh food, as do many other people, including things like apples dates and carrots, some of the straight from our garden or neighbour’s gardens. We adore fresh food and stay away from processed foods wherever possible. A diet which relies on natural ingredients, a diet which does not come from boxes with unpronounceable ingredients and which is free from refined sugar and artificial sweeteners simply has to be the way to go to improve ones health.

So, why then do I eat muffins?

The truth is, that although we adore the fresh fruits and veggies, we also like a treat, some comfort food now and again – it’s good for the soul! There’s nothing quite like that smell of freshly baked goods in the kitchen, it sets the senses alive and the anticipation of eating the spoils is marvellous!

To my mind, treats can and should be healthy too (with the odd exception to the rule), but still taste delicious. Now, as delicious as apples, carrots and dates are, they’re not really comfort food, they’re not the type of thing you could look forward to munching with a cup of fruit tea in the afternoon when you fancy a comforting treat.

The thing is, that food isn’t just about what we need, sometimes it’s about pure enjoyment and what we want, what we desire! Now, if we can get that from a muffin and still have it be packed full of nourishing goodness then I’d say that’s one heck of a result!

We do stay away from the use of refined sugar and artificial sweeteners wherever possible in cooking and baking at home. We also have to avoid the use of wheat flour as my youngest daughter is intolerant to wheat gluten. Therefore, when I bake a treat, it’s something like a healthy muffin. The kids love it and I can be happy in the knowledge that they are eating something that is nourishing them rather than robbing them of their precious health.

The point of sharing such recipes also, is to encourage other people to experiment with their baking, to attempt to get their kids to like veg through adding it to things that they associate with a comforting treat and to let people know that eating real food and eating a healthy diet doesn’t have to mean excluding comfort food and treats, including muffins!

So, why do we need muffins? We don’t!

Do we want muffins? Hell Yes!


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