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UK Chinese Takeaways in The Cleaver Quarterly

Earlier this year I was incredibly excited to learn of a new magazine, The Cleaver Quarterly, to be dedicated entirely to Chinese food. Having devoured the beautiful first edition, I approached the editors Lily, Jonathan and Iain, with an idea that has been rolling around in a head for many years – an exploration of that great British institution, the Chinese takeaway. To my delight, Team Cleaver said yes! My finished article and photographs appear in the second issue, which has just been published.

You can read my article here, and buy the whole magazine plus past and future editions here.

Many, many thanks to my wonderful interviewees, Junkit Lau of JK’s in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and Nayla Truong of Dan’s Island, Clapton, east London.


For the month of September 2011, Ridley’s pop-up restaurant served lunch and dinner from an empty corner on Ridley Road Market, Dalston, East London.

Instead of paying with money, diners ‘bought’ their meal with produce purchased from the market, which the Ridley’s chefs would then use to cook the next day’s meals.

This film follows two Ridley’s diners, who had never been to the market before.