Pho Viet

Ever since Ho Sen in Temple Bar closed down a few years ago there had been no exclusively Vietnamese restaurant in Dublin and, of the various pan-Asian offerings in the city, only Saba served the famous Vietnamese soup pho (Neon were selling something labelled as such but they’ve since, correctly, rebranded it as Thai Beef ...

M & L Chinese Restaurant

This is just a very short review of a quick lunch I had last week but which started on Twitter last month. That probably doesn’t make much sense so allow me to explain: I am quite thoroughly addicted to the combination of Sichuan peppercorns and chilli (known as málà in Chinese) and one of my ...

Dim Sum, Limerick 2

We were visiting relatives in Limerick last month and took the opportunity to try a few new restaurants over the three days we were staying. On our first night we wanted somewhere near our hotel so we opted for a Chinese restaurant that was only five minutes away. Having checked the menu online I noticed ...

Sichuan House

I’ve become very fond of Sichuan food of late and have been on the lookout for more restaurants that cook this cuisine and I figured the natural place to find them would be either Parnell Street or Capel Street. After a quick Google search, one of the results was the Sichuan House which had got ...

China Sichuan

I’ve been getting quite interested in Sichuan cuisine lately and have been making some classic dishes from the region at home so I wanted to try the cooking first hand to see how my approximations compared. Obviously a trip to China is out of the question so the next best thing was to try one ...

Japanese Soba Noodle Soup With Mackerel

Japanese Soba Noodle Soup With Mackerel
I’ve written before about how the synergy between various ingredients that are high in the umami producing molecules (glumates, inosates and guanylates) works and this dish is another attempt to try to maximise that interaction. Of all cultures Japan has turned working with umami into an artform so I decided to make a noodle soup ...

Dashi

Dashi
When discussing Japanese cooking it seems to have become customary to focus on its nutritional composition especially how relatively low fat it is;  I find it strange to celebrate a cuisine for what it doesn’t contain, rather than what it does and for me the most remarkable facet is the way the Japanese have managed ...

Beetroot And Coconut Soup 4

Beetroot And Coconut Soup
I always think of beetroot as a winter vegetable but it actually comes into season in July so when I was on Moore Street to visit FXB’s I saw some huge bunches on sale at one of the stalls for only €2 and it immediately reminded me of a recipe I found on the BBC ...