ED TAN

CONTRIBUTOR

Malaysian Chinese but born and raised in London, I'm often thinking about the next meal before I've finished my current one. For me, food is more than just taste and ticking a box. It's about bringing friends and family together, expanding my horizons, and most of all, an unforgettable experience. 

I'm originally from the Kingston area but I'm now based in North London, but no part of our capital is left unturned in the never ending hunt for good food. I enjoy cooking as well; the temptation to "accidentally" forget my lunch at home and head to a market has become a frequent occurrence.

Thankfully there's London Cheap Eats, eh? 

Instagram | @onehungryasian
 

60 SECONDS WITH ED
 

1. Where do you call home?
Holloway Road, North London

2. By day / night you are?
Sitting at a desk in The City / almost regretting eating so much for dinner
 
3. How many times do you eat out a week?
Four to five (including lunch)

4. What are your favourite London haunts for food and drink?
Big Red on Holloway Road is a favourite local gem, but show me the way to street food and a market and I'll be there!
 
5. What would your final meal be?
Buffalo wings slathered in the blue cheese sauce from BBQ Lab, then char kway teow from a Malaysian hawker stall, followed by New York Cheesecake. With cream, of course!
 
6. What would you cook if you had friends coming over?
Spring rolls and potstickers after a lesson in how to fold / roll them for starters (gotta earn that food!), followed by beef rendang and chicken satay. Finally, a treacle tart with homemade ice cream. Hours of prep work involved, but so worth it!
 
7. If you could eat at any restaurant in London, money being no object, where would it be?
Araki. Sushi Tetsu was one of the best dining experiences of my life; can something four times the cost and with 2 Michelin stars really beat it?

8. What food people, famous or otherwise, do you most admire and why?
Heston is an absolute hero of mine for making food not just about the taste, but also the experience and story.
 
9. What's the last thing you ate before answering these questions?
Wonton noodles, cooked courtesy of my bro!
 
10. What is your all time favourite #‎londoncheapeats‬?
Xi'an Impression. It's right on my doorstep, has incredible authentic food, and has never disappointed.