Born and raised in Hong Kong, Tang aims to feed you with an array of authentic and mouth-watering dishes at her Chinese supper club based in South East London.
No prawn crackers. No crispy duck.
25 Apr 13 by Going With My Gut
18 Mar 13 by The F World
23 Aug 12 by The F- World
29 Jul 12 by Peaches and Donuts
22 Jul 12 by Going With My Gut
09 Jul 12 by FEAST to the world
Cherry's menu and presentation were excellent, and for a first-time Supper Club attendee could not have been nicer. Having had Cantonese food for two years in Hong Kong, hers was outstanding. Book her next supper club now if it's not sold out already.
This was my first supper club. I was there with 6 other newbies. We all had a great time. The food was very unique and was certainly not what you would find in any restaurant. Cherry and her friend were delightful hosts who were not only keen to serve the excellent array of Cantonese delights but also provided some very enlightening information about the cultural and historical significance of the foods we were presented with.
Overall I have to say that it was definitely a unique and wonderful experience which I would recommend wholeheartedly to everyone.
This was my first experience of a supper club and I am converted! What a lovely way to spend an evening, so much nicer than any restaurant experience.
Not only was the food delicious the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly in Cherry's lovely home. I took along my boyfriend who had his reservations about how the evening would work and the atmosphere in a strangers house. He was concerned about being the first to arrive but we got there on time to be welcomed by the host and Cherry who served us a great cocktail with local london Gin.
We met the other guests who all arrived shortly after, as 4 groups of two made up the 8 guests it was easy to chat to everyone without anyone dominating the conversation, which made the atmosphere really nice.
So if you haven't been to a supper club before I would definately recommend Dinner at Tangs. The food was delicious and it was clear how fresh the ingredients were and how much effort and care had been put into preparing the dishes including slow cooked Pork and Aubergine which was amazing. All dishes were amazing so I wont spoil the suprise but Cherry had also adapted her menu to suit the guests preferences and the cold weather.
Thank you to Cherry for all the time and care you put into creating some lovely dishes and for entertaining us :-)
Cherry - I cannot tell you how I was impressed I was by your subtle, delicate and memorable menu. Every dish was precisely cooked and showed off Chinese cooking technique and flavour. My personal favourites were the stuffed chicken wings (crunchy on the inside, and that sticky & sweet sauce was FAB), the Hot & Sour Soup (reminded me of home), the braised Beef and Aubergine with Pork. It was a mixture of great home cooking and new exciting dishes with finesse. I sincerely hope to come back and try more of your delicious food! Shu x
I've heard so much about cherry's wonderful cooking, and finally got to taste it for myself when I went for her Action Against Hunger supperclub, and now I fully understand why everyone has been raving about her food. The food was rich in flavour and everything was prepared with such care and simplicity. When I arrived early, expecting to see the kitchen and chef in a mess, I was instead greeted with a very calm and cheerful Cherry, all things already prepared and in order, and with a checklist and timeline to boot.
We started with a clear soup, as is traditional with a chinese homecooked meal. The soup was light and savoury with the clean flavour of pork, slightly sweetened by the papaya, and overall very refreshing and cleansing. Also helped that it's supposed to be great for the skin;) What followed was a trio of "nibbles" (substantial enough to be warranted as starters imo, so we were pretty shocked when the actual starters came..and kept coming): dumplings, stuffed chicken wings (skillfully deboned and marinated), and her famous soft-boiled soy sauce eggs topped with salmon roe, a wonderful combination of umami flavours and perfect textures.
The actual seafood starters arrived, generous portions of stirfried razor clams with black bean sauce, not cloying and gloopy like what you might find at a chinese takeaway, and instead fragrant with wok hei; and skate wing with the bite of sichuan pepper. By then we were already pretty full, but were told the mains have yet to arrive :/
When the mains arrived, I managed to find space in my stomach for her amazing amazing amazing triple-cooked mui choy pork belly. The pork belly was perfectly soft and tender and melt-in-your-mouth, yet each slice retains its perfect shape, not disintegrating into nothingness as common with long braises, because she chose to steam it instead (last stage of her 3 stages). It was rich with flavour from the sauces and the mui choy, and in fact I think the mui choy here deserves a mention as it was as much a star player, a right balance of sweet and saltiness. The prawns were also great, naturally sweet from the obvious freshness of the ingredients. Cherry and Phoebe (the front-of-house) managed to convince us all to go for the heads too, and I loved seeing the reactions on people's faces as they bravely sucked on the prawn heads (: Bitter melon was well-handled too, and its bitterness didn't overpower at all, and in fact was pretty mild and refreshing.
To be honest, I really didn't think we could go for dessert after all that. When cherry brought out the tall sundae glass filled with sweetened red beans and coconut ice cream, reminiscent of hongkong cafes, and an oh-so-flufy and light strawberry swiss roll, there was a collective groan.
Everything was superb, the food, the people, the atmosphere. Kudos to Phoebe too for being such a warm front-of-house and for making us all feel at ease. I really recommend everyone to stop whining about it being in Camberwell and get your butts off your couch and onto the train/tube/whatever it takes to get you to Cherry's house for the next supperclub. I know I've been gushing throughout this review, but I'm not just gushing for the sake of it, I really do feel that her food warrants all that I've said and growing up in Asia, having tasted her own fair share of Chinese food, I think I can quite unbiased-ly say that her food was up there with some of the best I have tasted.
(Cherry you need to find some way to squeeze in more seats!!)
Cherry and her 'front of the house' Vibi were perfect hosts with a fantastic menu. They made us feel at home at once, offering fresh melon juice with ice/ or the south east london local gin if you pleased.
Starters were delicate and surprising, especially the light pork rib soup with papaya.
Stuffed chicken wings without bones (so much work!), and so delicious.
The highlight was definitely the , as someone at the table directly translated 'saliva chicken', or mouth-watering chicken, which both are fitting descriptions for a lovely juicy and spicy chicken dish with Szechuan influence. Beautiful, delicious chili prawns helped me turn my white tee shirt into something a bit more colourful.
Every dish was expertly presented, so cameras were clicking all the time.
I did not need any other food for the rest of the day, as helpings were so generous on the sharing platters
I have never been in the company of so many foodies at one table at the same time and enjoyed every minute of it.
Cherry's cooking is creative, dedicated and all about the little touches. The fact that lunch was served around a large dining table made the experience wholly communal, and the shared food bowls helped in that respect too! No wrestling for the last few morsels was necessary, however, as servings were plentiful.
I'm relatively ignorant of HK cuisine but judging by yesterday it seems to offer a wide fusion of Chinese, some Japansese and Western twists. I won't go into detail on the food served as someone, far more knowledgeable, has done so before me at the previous Tang event, but will mention the highlights for me:
Starter broth of papaya and pork rib was refreshing, the meat tender and fatty, cut by the sweet-sourness (no reference to generic menu items intended!) of the fruit.
Egg. Eggs are ace in general, and this one ticked so many sensory boxes i wanted to freeze time and remain suspended at that moment for much, much longer. These were soft-cooked in stock and soy i believe, cut in half, and bonito flakes and salmon roe submerged in the orange yolk. Wow.
Another highlight was the aptly named Mouth-watering chicken, cooked with sechzuan peppers and as succulant as can be.
Seabass - perfectly cooked bite-size piece, tender meat and crispy skin, with chinese chives, carrots and ginger.
I feel almost bad neglecting to mention the other items but these were the clear standout winners for me.
The food is great, the price is right (especially as it's BYO) and the company is pleasant - what more could you ask for! Oh yeah, Cherry - please move to North London?... Only kidding!
Cherry's supperclub night was a real joy; from the wonderful host and charming assistant Phoebe, intimate setting that made it feel like a dinner with friends and the most amazingly delicious Chinese food I've ever had the pleasure to eat. The food was stunningly presented and we were treated to a real feast of food to share.
My favourites were the soft cooked eggs with salmon roe, stuffed chicken wings (what a skill), the triple(!) cooked pork belly with mustard greens and the mouth-watering chicken. Everything was so so good!
I've been to a few supperclubs now and this is way up there amongst the very best. Book the next available dates, you won't be disappointed!
Yesterday evening was a feast of Chinese cooking prepared with great skill, passion and care. Whilst the food was (easily) restaurant standard, everything else felt like a dinner party with charming hosts, a group of friends and magic in the kitchen - exactly like the Hong Kong "private kitchen" movement in the 1990s. I left very well fed and thinking how lucky I am that I had booked for the next (already sold out) lunch. :-)
Delicious homemade Chinese food.
Perfect timing, lovely evening and some of the most tasteful dishes ever.
Truly talented cook, this is just the beginning...