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Culture

Where's the best place for Malaysian food in London? What are the best Japanese films? Has a new restaurant opened up that does my favourite Hainanese Chicken rice? Mokio's Culture section answers these and keeps you up to date with what's hot and what's not with Far Eastern events and food in London.

  • Nezo – The Napping Baby Art that’s taking over Japan

    For those that don’t know, Nezo (which means 'sleeping posture') is an art form that’s been becoming more and more popular with mothers in Japanese. Nezo is pictures of babies artfully placed as they nap, amongst cleverly arranged objects to produce interesting and amusing scenes. Continue reading

  • How to make AriZona jelly: an unusual recipe

    We love AriZona and summer so much, that we decided to experiment with other refreshing ways to enjoy these Asian-inspired drinks. So what did we do? Make jelly! Here's how to make it for yourself... Continue reading

  • Yoi Sho - Not Your Average London Restaurant

    Yoi Sho isn’t your average London Japanese restaurant. In fact, it looks like something plucked out of downtown Tokyo and planted squarely in uptown Fitzrovia. It doesn’t have website. Heck - it doesn’t even have an email address. Proudly stating my intention to post a review of their restaurant on an online blog site (in the hope of getting a second meal with discounts for myself and the Mokio crew…) was greeted with a blank stare and uncomprehending silence. Continue reading

  • Keeping cool with AriZona drinks

    AriZona, hailing from the US, have taken us by surprise with their refreshing and tasty range of ice teas. Not only do they bring a touch of the exotic to the UK with their fruity range of flavours such as Blueberry White Tea, Pomegranate Green Tea and Iced Tea with Peach, but the illustrated bottles are absolutely beautiful. Continue reading

  • Hyper Japan 2013

    What is Hyper Japan?

    Hyper Japan is the best of Japanese culture in one exhibition hall, for one weekend only. Also, known as ‘J-Culture’, HyperJapan is a big mash up of Japanese food, drink, fashion, technology, tradition and more. Brightly coloured and surreal, it certainly is a hyper event that will make you wonder if you’ve consumed too many e numbers. Continue reading

  • Lychee & Lemongrass Ice Lollies

    Keep cool with an Asian twist with these easy-to-make lychee and lemongrass ice lollies. Sweet, cold and refreshing, they’re a brilliantly unusual summer day’s treat for adults and children alike and contain real fruit. Continue reading

  • We Heart... Lychees

    Lychees are slightly smaller than a golf ball, pink and roughly textured, with white, translucent flesh and a long dark stone inside. When peeled, they’re slightly reminiscent of an eyeball. But we can assure you, they taste a lot better. Continue reading

  • East Street Restaurant: A right Asian Feast

    East Street restaurant inside and out

    It’s hard to re-create the hustle bustle, sounds, sights and smells of a hawker market (if you’re ever in Singapore and love food, it should be your first port of call), but East Street does a good job. As Asian food in London goes, it's now on our top ten list. From the outside, it has a half gawdy, half stylish look, complete with rather upmarket plastic stools outside (in Singapore, they’re all a rather battered, once-white colour).

    Indeed, once inside, just close your eyes and imagine yourselves in a balmy land like Singapore. The noise of the street outside (especially if there are arguments going on) and saliva-inducing smells of fragrant cooking will help.

    The sign outside East Street touts itself as offering ‘Fresh Pan Asian Cooking’. And it most certainly delivers on this promise, offering a handy map of the world placemat with a guide to the style of cooking from pan-Asian regions. The décor is simple and rather East London industrial - there are lit up ‘street signs’ hanging from the ceiling, brightly coloured metal ‘patio style’ tables, various ticket stubs, maps, leaflets and other papery paraphernalia stuck to the wall and wait, what’s that? Pokemon playing on a projector… Continue reading

  • Must Watch: The Seven Samurai

    The Seven Samurai - film still

    The Seven Samurai, in our minds, is pretty much the Japanese equivalent to Gone with the Wind. Admittedly, there’s a little more head-chopping and a lot less romance but it is an absolute classic that should be on everyone’s ‘must-watch’ list. Continue reading

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