Almost four years ago now, I caught myself saying on this blog that I had tired of looking out for Chinese restaurants which were all mediocre and served nothing but the same old glutamate-laden ready-made sauces... would you believe that the same passionate cook has found new love in Asian restaurants lately? And this is a relatively new disovery, a complete 180-degree turn of my palate, who would have thought?
I really didn't have much hope of ever setting foot in a Chinese outside of China again and actually enjoy my food - but I have discovered that there is a vibrant restaurant scene here in London, if you care to look beyond the Chinatown eateries that only manage to lure in hungry tourists who don't know any better. Recently, I had the pleasure of sharing some of my preferred places on (German-speaking) culinary portal kuechengoetter.de - my absolute favourite at the moment being Hunan in Pimlico, where a family-run restaurant only offers custom-made lunches and dinners serving anything between 15 and 20 courses of the most delectable, Chinese food... I could eat there every day, if they let me!
On this journey of rediscovery, I have also revived an old favourite recipe. Curious as I am, I wanted to make my own sweet & sour sauce rather than resorting to something full of preservatives and E-numbers. You wouldn't believe just how easy this is to make, there is really no excuse for not making your own... believe me, you won't regret it!
PS: I can't promise I'll ever do a proper review of it, so if you want to indulge in custom-made sichuan cuisine, see for yourself:
51 Pimlico Road, SW1
Tel: 020 7730 5712