Grazing Asia, a collaboration of four food bloggers from different Asian backgrounds, launched in June 2011 at the test kitchens of Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant. May (Slow Food Kitchen), Mimi (Meemalee's Kitchen), Uyen (Love Leluu) and I have joined forces to start Grazing Asia, a new supper club concept in London.
We bring our culinary heritage - Malaysian, Burmese, Vietnamese and Japanese to the tables of Grazing Asia, doing what we love doing best - feeding our friends!
For our first gig, we were joined by Jamie's website editor Danny McCubbin, Joe Gray (Fifteen Graduate), Jai and Emma (Fifteen Apprentices) who helped us greatly and without them we could not have raised £1,290 for the Jamie Oliver Foundation.
I have great admiration for the three ladies of Grazing Asia and feel privileged to be part of such a team. I was lucky to be invited to Mimi's for a Burmese feast during the run-up to her successful supper club event at Mat Follas' Wild Garlic restaurant last year, and was completely blown away by her native cuisine. Having eaten numerous times at Uyen's fantastic supper club Fernandez & Leluu (reviewed here), and tried May's delicious cooking during "Malaysian by May" at the London Cooking Club earlier in the year (read here) I knew I was in for a treat.
For our launch event, we all cooked one dish from our specialist cuisines as follows:
Tuna Tataki (Seared Tuna) with Japanese Yuzu Ponzu and Sesame Dressing
By The London Foodie
Spicy Burmese Fishball Salad aka Nga-pè Thoh(k)
By Meemalee’s Kitchen
Baked Crispy Pork Belly with Banh Cuon, Pickled and Fried Shallots with Vietnamese Cured Ham, Thai Basil and Coriander
Malaysian Curry Laksa
By Slow Food Kitchen
Green Tea Panna Cotta with Summer Berries
A big thanks to all our food and wine sponsors:
Wai Yee Hong Supermarket (and thanks for the beautiful crockery too!)
Fin & Flounder
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen
A very special Thanks to Paul Winch-Furness who kindly photographed the event waiving his entire fee to support us and the Jamie Oliver Foundation. Unless otherwise stated, all photographs in this post are Paul's. Paul is one of the best food photographers in the UK, and you can see more of his stunning photography on his website here.
Reiko Hashimoto runs the most fantastic Japanese cookery classes at her home in Wimbledon (reviewed here) and I would like to thank her for sharing her Tuna Tataki recipe with me for Grazing Asia.
Our first event was by invitation only - I would like to thank everyone who turned up on the day for their kind support and donations. All future Grazing Asia events will be open to the public - to learn more, follow us on Twitter (@grazingasia) or join our mailing list at www.grazingasia.com.
You can read some of the excellent write-ups of our launch event at:
The Skinny Bib