A few weeks ago, I met up with my good friend Lauren and headed over to London Fields for Uyen Luu’s fabulous supperclub at Wringer + Mangle as part of a newly launched supper club series curated by esteemed food journalist, Victoria Stewart. The series of supperclubs featured four different guest chefs and showcased the flavours and cultures that is present in East London using British seasonal produce.
Since moving to London, I have definitely expanded my horizons when it comes to trying food from other cultures and was really excited to try Uyen’s Vietnamese menu that I have heard so many great things about.
It was a lovely warm and sunny day and Lauren and I enjoyed a Thai Basil and Coriander soda with London vodka as soon as we got to W+M. We took a seat and caught up over Lauren’s upcoming trip to Barcelona and where I’m planning on taking my mom when she visits in August. Before we knew it, it was time to head to our table for the supperclub to commence.
Wringer + Mangle is a really awesome space. It has a warehouse vibe that is cosy and intimate, with quirky art adorning the walls, drop lamps hanging from the ceiling, a great patio area outside that is perfect for drinks al fresco during the summer months, and one of the largest bars I’ve ever seen. There is truly a spot for everyone to enjoy their dinner and drinks, depending on what they’re in the mood for.
We had a browse over the menu, and all of the dishes sounded fantastic. Uyen said a few words at the beginning and it was really interesting to hear the inspiration and background to her dishes. She told us that years ago, the Vietnamese immigrated to the UK and many settled in East London, where they set up stores and shops that still exist today. Uyen buys the produce and ingredients for her dishes from various shops in Hackney and London Fields. Her menu was an ode to the various dishes she had grown up eating, but with her own personal twist. We were eager to tuck in!
Lauren and I kicked our dinner off with a bottle of wine to share.
Our first dish was were summer rolls to share, made with Fin and Flounder crab, Hill & Szrock pork belly, sweet potato, green mango, and Vietnamese herbs with a zesty pineapple and lime dip. The spring rolls were delicious and the ideal starter as they were light, yet packed with flavour. The lime dip was flavourful and was the perfect accompaniment to the spring rolls.
The second course was a Crunchy sweet and sour salad with Hill & Szrock chicken, kohl rabi, black carrot, peas, nectarine, pomegranate, pea shoots and pistachio. I love my salads with a bit of crunch, and this fit the bill! It was packed with flavour, yet was still light and tasted healthy as it wasn’t drenched in dressing. An inspirational salad I’m going to try to recreate at home.
The salad was served with sesame crackers, and the two combined were sublime. Salty, sweet, delicious. I couldn’t get enough.
Our main course of the evening was this comforting Lemongrass Hill and Szrock beef noodle soup with banana blossom, morning flory, tofu, ham and mints, with Vietnamese herbs from specialist shops on Mare Street. This soup was genuinely comfort food at its best. The portions were large, hearty and packed with flavour. Sometimes soup can taste a bit lacklustre in the flavour department, but this was simply vietnam-azing. If you’re a veggie, this would have been just as great with just the tofu.
To cap off a brilliant evening, Uyen served a unique Pandan and coconut layer ice cream cake with pandan sponge, rhubarb, and lime curd, pandan meringue and chocolate crumbs. When I took my first bite, I was slightly confused as I had never tasted these types of flavours together before. Upon my second bite, I fell a bit more in love with this quirky dessert.
There were a lot of different elements that you normally wouldn’t see together in one dish, but somehow they all melded together for a stunning dessert. The cake was light and airy and the rhubarb was refreshing.
Lauren and I finished our wine and chatted for a while before grabbing the train back to Clapham. I was in awe of how delicious each dish was and there was a cohesive flow between all of them that made perfect sense while eating each one.
The Uyen Luu Supperclub is now over at Wringer + Mangle, but she does host her own supperclubs in Hackney that you should definitely sign up for if you get the chance! More info can be read here.
It was a fantastic evening with great food and company.
Thanks for reading x
Wringer + Mangle | Sidworth St | London | E8 3SD
PS: You can shop for your own ingredient and produce from Fin & Flounder fishmonger and Hill & Szrock butcher, both located on Broadway Market in East London.
Disclosure: I work for the company that does the PR for Wringer + Mangle, but that’s not why I gave it a glowing review. All of the food was spectacular and I highly recommend visiting W+M as well as trying out one of Uyen Luu’s supperclubs.