My guest today is Uyen Luu.

Uyen Luu is a writer, cook, photographer and food stylist.

She runs supper clubs and the UK’s only dedicated Vietnamese cooking classes in her Hackney studio.  She writes and blogs about food, recipes and travel. She’s worked with a whole host of amazing people including Raymond Blanc and Jamie Oliver to name just a few. Her cookbook, My Vietnamese Kitchen was a roaring success and you know her food is incredible when there is a tweet from Ottolenghi declaring himself to be the luckiest person alive as he was about to eat her food.

We talk everything from escaping to London from war torn Vietnam, the delights of school lunches and spam fritters. We talk about starting a business straight out of school and all the good things that can come from that business not necessarily succeeding. We discuss the changing face of Hackney, pioneering a food movement and the poet who makes the best crème caramel in Vietnam.

I’ve been lucky enough to go to Uyen’s supperclubs and they are just amazing and whilst I haven’t managed to go to one of her cooking classes I am going in June – so if you’re keen you should come along too! Her food is beyond amazing and it’s so fun to learn a different type of cuisine. Top tip about using the fish sauce in Italian cooking, I will definitely be trying that.

Please can we also take a moment to appreciate the idea of tuna sashimi with chips and wasabi mayonnaise? That sounds like heaven on a plate.

Desert Island Dish: Her Grandmother’s soup

Luxury item: Really good quality fish sauce


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Have you seen the recipe inspired by Uyen's choice of desert island dishes?