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Calcutta Street – My first Pop Up restaurant

Hello everyone!

After 4 years of blogging, cooking, food reviewing and eating, I have decided to start my own food Pop Up – Calcutta Street – An East Indian Street Food experience. 

Calcutta Street
Calcutta Street

I am cooking along with Asia House resident chef Paul Bloomfield and we are planning to cook up a storm in the kitchen. Steve, the owner and DJ of Zensai will be playing some Bollywood Psyc Funk music – cherry on the cake! So it will be an afternoon of food, drinks and fun!

With this ticket you can have any of the 3 dishes below – The portions are big, I am generous with food 🙂

You can book your tickets here 


Phuchka – the Bengali version of Pani Puri
Bengali Lamb Curry with Potatoes and Luchi (Commonly known as Puri)
Egg Roll – You have seen the video I made?
Pav Bhaji – The Bengali version of the famous Mumbai Street Food
bollywood martini ( bombay sapphire gin/bols yoghurt liqueur/mango pulp/homemade garam masala syrup/star anais)
tamarind mint julep ( jack daniels/ mint leaves/lime/tamarind pulp/crushed ice/fresh tamarind)
curry leaf and coriander martini ( grey goose vodka/curry leaves/coriander/lillet rose/lime juice)
plantation daquiri ( plantation 5 year old barbados rum/mahini coconut rum,plantation overproof trinidad rum/trois rivieres sugar cane/lime twist/air dried coconut)
It’s my first baby step in starting something bigger so will really appreciate if you come and support me!
Here is a sneak peak of the photo shoot I did, video will follow 🙂
Look forward to see you all on 7th March at Camden!

Get paid to travel and write an Asian cook book!

A big shout out to all my fellow foodies!

What if someone paid you to go anywhere in Asia and research for your own cookbook? Sounds too good to be true? Well Asia House hosts The Yan-Kit So Memorial Award for every year to assist armature chefs (like me and you, if you are also like me) who are interested in writing about Asian cuisine.

This award is offered in memory of Yan-Kit So (1933-2001) – Britain’s leading authority on Chinese cuisine. A tireless promoter of food in Asia, her first book The Classic Chinese Cookbook (1984) went on to win major awards such as the prestigious André Simon Awards and Glenfiddich Award for the Best Food Book of the Year.

You can find the application download form and more information on the Asia House website.

My first encounter with Vietnamese Market Cuisine at Asia House

Vietnamese Market Cook Book
Vietnamese Market Cook Book

Asia House Literature festival is packed with really interesting events and one of them was the launch of a Vietnamese Market Cook Book. I feel the best way to learn cooking is to watch and learn and that is exactly what I did because the two lovely women Van Tran and Anh Vu gave us a live demonstration of how to make some really simple Vietnamese Food.

Asia House Literature Festival
Asia House Literature Festival
Asia House Literature Festival
Asia House Literature Festival

A lot of people usually tend to have a mental block about cooking ‘exotic’ cuisines because they tend to think most of the dishes will need some kind of magic ingredients which they won’t be able to find in England. The truth on the other hand ladies and gentlemen is – You can literally find everything in London and to cook Vietnamese or any Asian cuisine for that matter you don’t necessarily need ‘out of the world’ ingredients. The ladies demonstrated how to make fresh summer spring rolls and how to make a basic Vietnamese sauce. These are super simple to make.

  • Drench Rice Paper wraps used for rolls  in water (You can find them at super markets)
  • Chop some fresh herbs along with chicken or fish which ever you prefer
  • Roll them all up together (Make sure you roll them very tight)
  • Serve them with a dip (see below for the recipe) or sweet chilli sauce

After realising how simple it is to make the sauce I had to go home and try it out myself, so instead of using Salmon (they used it) I tried it with Lamb and it definitely was worth the effort. I obviously added my slight twist to it.


1 lemon

2 Fillets of Lamb cutlets (chopped into pieces)

3 Red finger chilli

1 tea spoon Fish Sauce

1 tea spoon of freshly grated ginger

1 tea spoon sugar

1 table spoon soya sauce

1 table spoon oil (vegetable oil or sesame oil or olive oil)

Let’s get cooking 

  • For the sauce – Squeeze the lemon juice and then mix it with sugar, chilli, ginger – beat it properly. Add the fish sauce (depending on your taste, add more if you like it or add less if you are not too fond of the smell. I promise the fish sauce tastes great after its cooked.
  • Marinade the lamb with some salt and pepper.
  • Cook the lamb for about 5 minutes in high heat and then add the sauce and soya sauce.
  • Cook for 5 more minutes in the sauce.
  • Serve it with some noodles or boiled rice.

If you want to try out their food you should visit their restaurant Bánhmì11 in London.

Hope you liked the post.