Phung Kay Chinese New Year Dinner 2018

Phung Kay Chinese New Year Dinner 2018

Last month I celebrated Chinese New Year for the first time, Mr Ikeda has Chinese heritage and whilst Chinese food is probably his favourite we have never actively taken part in celebrations. Well, thanks to Phung Kay that is all about to change. Without them I would never have considered having a CNY dinner and as it so happens Karen (our web design angel) turned vegan for Veganuary and is half Chinese so we simply had to go. CNY aside, I was so pleased and excited to come across someone doing veganised authentic Chinese food.

There were only 4 sittings for the pop-up meal but luckily we managed to nab a place at The Institute of Light (cute looking cinema) in Hackney where the meal was being held.

Phungkay CNY Dinner, The Institute of Light, Hackney

6 courses of relatively small dishes, which I was suspicious might not fill me up but then the noodles came out. 😆 A lot of the dishes were fried but nothing was overly greasy These were not your typical Chinese items that most people will be familiar with (don’t even mention Chinese takeaway to me right now), these were dishes that I have seen on menu’s of ‘real’ Chinese restaurants and have never been able to have because, damn it, it wasn’t vegan.

Phungkay CNY Dinner, The Institute of Light, Hackney { Pan fried pepper beef bao }

I love lotus root but never use them at home, these were amazing.

Phungkay CNY Dinner, The Institute of Light, Hackney{ Crispy lotus roots marinated in red fermented bean curd }

Finally! I got to try turnip cake and it was everything I dreamed it would be.

Phungkay CNY Dinner, The Institute of Light, Hackney { Pan fried turnip cake and XO sauce }

Phungkay CNY Dinner, The Institute of Light, Hackney
{ Taiwanese popcorn chicken }

Phungkay CNY Dinner, The Institute of Light, Hackney

{ Braised shredded duck with preserved vegetables and vermicelli }

I so need one of these again right now a cross between bubble tea, soup and a dessert.

Phungkay CNY Dinner, The Institute of Light, Hackney
{ Fried sesame glutinous rice balls with traditional Chinese sweet soup dessert }

Thank you so much Phung Kay for making Karen’s first proper vegan dining out experience so vibrant in flavours and full of amazing ingredients. Now all we need is for you to start a restaurant serving dim sum too, no pressure haha 🙂

I’ll leave you with a peak of the goody bag and recommendation that you look out for their future events.

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