Former Nobu Chef Launches Filipino Menu “Asia’s Last Secret Cuisine” at YUU Kitchen Restaurant, Spitalfields.
Paying homage to former Nobu Chef Jon de Villa’s heritage, Yuu Kitchen has added a new section to their menu dedicated to Pinoy classics with a Jonny twist.
The New York Times recently stated: “Filipino foods are finally entering the American mainstream” and The Independent said last year:
“Nicknamed as Asia’s last secret cuisine, Pinoy food is all about exciting vegetable side dishes, salty slow cooked pork and lavish sauces.”
Guests can expect to enjoy PORK SISIG LOLLIPOPS, 7hr pineapple juice braised pig’s head, Japanese panko, chives, tangy adobo mayo, chicharron dust CHEESE AND UBE PUTO, steamed bun, spicy house-made chorizo Bilbao (beef & pork) caramelised onion, avocado, roasted garlic aioli CRISPY PIG’S EARS , 3hr slow cooked pig’s ears, honey soy glaze, sesame seeds, pickled radish, chives CHICKEN INASAL , ancho grilled chicken thigh, green papaya acharra sweet pickle LECHON KAWALI 12 hour braised pork belly, mama sita’s sauce. Desserts include: BANANA TURON spring roll with ice cream, cashews PANDAN SUMAN MALAGKIT coconut caramel.
“I’m excited to share flavours that I grew up on in the restaurant with our guests. Our guests have really enjoyed some of our classic dishes like the Adobo wings (using my mum’s adobo recipe) through to the weekly YUUSpecials where I can experiment with new dishes; I know that our guests are ready to enjoy more Filipino flavours and these ones have an extra twist.” – Chef Jon de Villa.
“Filipino cuisine is a mix of Indian, Chinese, Spanish and American influences, in line with the major waves of influence that had enriched the cultures of the archipelago, as well as others adapted to indigenous ingredients and the local palate.”
Also in the month, Yuu Kitchen will launch a brand new market stall in the newly refurbished Spitalfields market with a traditional Filipino menu offering. BASES will include Pansek Behon – Noodles with pork and chicken Pansek Behon (v) – Noodles with veg MAINS Langanesa Adobo – Sweet sausage cooked on grill with Adobo sauce. Curry Manok – Chicken and coconut curry, Curry Gulai with Jack Fruit SIDES Ensaladang Talong Filipino Mac & cheese Pandesal rolls DESSERT Ube soft serve ice-cream.
The core menu at Yuu Kitchen remains south-east Asian. A selection of favourites since opening have made a comeback including the Beetroot dumplings and Grilled cauliflower.
Some core guest favourites include the sweet and sticky eggplant, 7Up braised pork belly Bao, Crispy rice and salmon and tofu spring rolls. Yuu Kitchen’s Bao buns are Vegan (the buns, not the fillings.)