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The supper club is held in my home in London Fields, Hackney. It is like a dinner party in the tradition of a Vietnamese feast with homemade Vietnamese food.

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Vietnamese food is about the balance of flavours, of sweet, salty and sour – there is no measuring device that can ever match your own taste buds.

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The London Cooking Club By The London Foodie

By Leluu

The supper club phenomenon is thriving, and there are new ones sprouting up everywhere. For lovers of food and entertaining, this domain is the platform to arrive shipped shaped for fun times. What is really fantastic is that some people are taking this to a new level. A few weeks ago, I went to The London Cooking Club, hosted by The London Foodie, Luiz Hara – one of London’s top food bloggers. Basically, he sets a theme, sends out recipes, invites his readers to come along, you cook it, bring it over, finish it off in his gorgeous kitchen and share!

I kid you not, it’s a great evening. Suddenly, you are sat next to someone whom you would have never met otherwise and they’ve made you some food! This is such a great unique experience – because everyone gets to participate in making the evening happen and the main theme of it all is giving and sharing.

This is just totally right down my street, I mean, slaving over a hot stove all day when you can get people to bring it over and cook – yes please! ; )

On the day I went, it was Thai and we all had to bring a dish that we have made from David Thompson’s Thai Food recipes. We had about 10 dishes all made by each guest.

Menu
Appetizers

-Ma Hor – Minced Pork, Chicken and Prawn Paste with Pineapple and Mandarin

-Thai Fish Cakes with Cucumber Relish

 Soup

Mussel and Ginger Soup

 Salad

  Larp Gai – Spicy Minced Chicken Salad
Green Papaya Salad with Sweet Crispy Pork

 Curry

Beef PanaengW/ Morning Glory

Fish

Bream Steamed with Ginger, Celery and Pickled Plums

Stir-Fry

Stir-fried Clams with Chilli Jam and Thai Basil

Dessert

Steamed Pumpkin and Coconut Custard

Everything was indeed a delight. My favourite was Kellie & Ben’s Beef curry, however everything was too, fantastic. It was an excellent way to test out a recipe book as well, because you can see if everyone had the same trouble-spots or not.

I made the thai fish cakes, followed the recipe to the word and guess what – I had to bin everything, so I quickly discovered that this recipe was totally flawed. I wasn’t too happy to go back to the shops to buy more fish – the thing I hate most is wasting fish – as indeed – there aren’t too many in the sea anymore.

4 tablespoons of red curry paste for 300g of white fish? Followed by 3 tablespoons of fish sauce? NO NO NO! I should have known better than to follow that to the bone! Sounded like a recipe for curry flavoured fish sauce to me.
1 teaspoon of sugar – is certainly not going to balance out the saltiness in these babies!

This is of course not the fault of Luiz, but this is just fantastic to know if a recipe book works or not. For instance, someone made ginger and mussel soup, although it was tasty, o my, there was just a lot of ginger in it – there was no balance of ingredients – and of course, this is not the fault of the cook, we all followed the recipe as instructed (apart from me – I had to guess the quantities altogether second time around and wasn’t too pleased with what I made).

Anyhow, the evening was fantastic, I got to share it with The Shed Likes Food and also Vintage Macaroon. Luiz and Dr G’s home is really lovely, very grown up! They have all the stuff you’d want, beautiful things, cosy and atmospheric. It is about this time last year, on 4th December 2009 when they came to our supper club! Happy Anniversary to us Luiz! I wrote an email to Luiz asking him to come to review our supper club and he did! Since then, we have all done so many things together and have become great friends.

The London Cooking Club is such a fantastic idea to bring people together, to make new friends, to eat well, to learn more… its doing something new. On a cold winter’s day and you are walking pass the window of people having a lovely dinner party, it always looks like in the movies where everyone is having such a good time. Well, here they are! And anyone who wants to make new friends and loves to cook, this is the place to be. And you’d be doing a great service to all when you test out recipes from famous cook books!

Luiz has hosted other Cooking Club nights such as
A Persian Evening
Recipes from “The New Food of Life” by Najmieh Batmanglij

A Syrian Supper
Recipes from “Syrian Foodie in London” blog

From Hanoi to Saigon, a Vietnamese Voyage
Recipes from “Secret of the Red Lantern” and “Songs of Sapa”

Check on The London Foodie Blog for The London Cooking Club dates and book yourselves in and go!

www.thelondonfoodie.co.uk

  • I am so touched by your post Uyen, thank you very much. It seems incredible that we met on 4th Dec 09, I feel like I’ve known you for ages! We certainly got to do (and gone through) a lot of stuff together in the last 12 months, and I am so pleased, happy anniversary to us!

    I loved your fishcakes. I thought they were delicious and tasted very authentic. I agree 100% with your feedback on the recipe you took, as you know, others also had similar problems as the measurements were way out in some recipes. I am glad you enjoyed your evening here, and I hope you will come back in 2011. What about a Vietnamese evening with recipes by you?!! That would be fantastic and such a treat to everyone.

    Love your pictures, particularly Orlando’s!

    Luiz @ The London Foodie

  • Bringing back lovely memories! Such a good evening, everyone did a sterling job: can’t wait to revisit.

  • Such a lovely write up and sounds like a great evening. I have thoroughly enjoyed the two London cooking clubs I have attended! Out of interest given I have just got my hands on Thai Street Food – which recipes from that worked really well.

  • Sounds amazing! Going to see if he has space next year. Would love to do your Vietnamese class too. Hope you are well x

  • This is such a good idea, it allows you to meet others who love to cook, and explore new dishes in company – and with no real pressure. What a great evening.

    I’ve had a copy to Thompson’s behemoth of a cook book for years, and although I consult it, I don’t think i’ve ever followed one of his full dish recipes to the letter. Like my Moro book, I use it more for reference, unless the recipe is relatively simple.

    The recipes I do follow to the letter are for pastes, relishes and sauces rather than whole dishes. Then I can taste and decide the quantity I want to use.

    The two dishes I have made recently based on the book are the beef curry one you talk about above (using Ginger Pig 90 day aged rump) and the prawn cakes. But like you I had to tinker with amounts to avoid an over powering experience.

  • I really want to go to one of these. Not least to catch up with yourselves and Luiz as it’s been ages.

  • @The London Foodie
    Happy Anniversary us!!! whooo hoo!
    I loved everything everyone made on the night, but we all complained abit about the recipe – didn’t we… but still it all tasted so good, perhaps it really hard to write out a clear balance of flavours and tastes – the fish cakes one was definately dodgey! haha

    Would be honoured to do a Vietnamese night with my recipes at your fantastic cooking club – see if my recipes work – writing it is one thing… its another art form altogether!

    Lots of love to you Luiz and congratulations for doing something truly amazing! xxx

    PS looks like I’ll be coming back with some others – please save places for us (will email)

    @The Shed Likes Food
    It was so lovely to see you there – lets go again as soon as possible – and I’ve got to come to yours too!

    @gourmetchick
    Really glad to hear that the recipes you have used worked! I never really cook with instructions but rather instinct because for some reason, I always manage to get the one recipe that wouldn’t work in the whole book probably! Which ones did you try?

    @Maxine
    hey you! Neighbour!! yes, lets go together – we’ll have a blast. Just love it how we can eat what everyone made, its kind of like, you are what you cook haha.

    PS Drop some hints to Michael about cookery classes for one of your Christmas presents : )

    @The Grubworm
    I am similiar to you, I love cook books, but I do just use them for inspiration or reference. I forgot to mention that I also made a cucumber relish as instructed to the word and it was not to my liking – the balance was not right for me, although I used very good ingredients so I had to make my own as well.

    Gosh – I would kill to have your Ginger Pig 90 day rump – can you make that when I come round please – interesting to know that you too had to tinker amounts : )

    @Joshua
    There is only one of these that I know of – and its Luiz’s. Have other people started doing these cooking clubs too? Its like pot luck dinners with style cos he chooses what people cook – how crafty- (in a good way). And also, you’ve got to come to our supper club too – many things you got to do next year, Mister! xxx