Join us for an evening dedicated to understanding foods that may less familiar as Bitesize at China Exchange returns. An array of the unfamiliar, the exotic and the weird will be on the menu with tastings and introductions from gifted foodies.
Announcing our first course:
With 40 tonnes of insects to every human, could tucking into bugs at breakfast provide a solution to the global food crisis and reduce the impact of meat farming on the environment? And what DO they taste like? Saiphin Moore, founder of Rosa’s Thai Café and Café Lao and author of the Rosa’s Thai Café cookbook, will make the case for enjoying insects as a regular part of our diets.
Announcing our second course:
Simply called “Old Milk” in Chinese, the European passion for cheese has not spread so easily to China. In fact, for many Mainlanders, the idea of cheese is just plain weird. Led by Srdja Mastilovic, Neal’s Yard Dairy’s Wholesale Manager, hear from the cream of the crop of dairy production and decide if you want to be a big cheese.
The rest of the menu will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Due to the nature of the event, we cannot offer alternative options for those with dietary requirements. All are welcome to attend and opt out of tastings if preferred.
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About our speakers
Head Chef and Co-Owner of Rosa’s Thai Cafe & Lao Café, London
Saiphin’s career as a chef began over 20 years ago, when she opened up a grocery store in Phetchabun when she was still in secondary school. It was a huge success and became known by most, if not all, of those living in the area. From this, Saiphin decided to open a small restaurant that offered locals a number of her homemade favourites. In 2001, Saiphin travelled to Hong Kong; it was here that Saiphin met her husband-‐to-‐be and also business partner, Alex and they launched their first Thai restaurant. In 2006, the couple sold it and moved to London. A humble street stall on Brick Lane, offering a takeaway service of home-cooked Thai food, led to the purchase of an archetypal British “caff” in Spitalfields, where Rosa’s Thai Cafe was officially launched, June 2008. Demand naturally led to 10 sites today. In late 2016, Saiphin launched Lao Café offering authentic and exciting dishes from this lesser- known culinary region.
Neal’s Yard Dairy’s Wholesale Manager
Currently working at Neal’s Yard Dairy as Wholesale Manager, Srdja has been with company since 2003, learning about the art of cheese making and mongering. Srdja represented Britain at the 2009 Casseus Awards, the Cheese Olympics in Lyon and came home with a bronze medal. Last year he won the Cheesemonger Invitational and the chance to represent British Cheesemongers in the US. He is a geek for all things fermented.