We did it! We managed to get the legendary Supperclub and Pop Up duet, Two Hungry Girls to agree to an interview with London Life UK! As you can see this makes us very happy and if you read on you should hopefully see why.
Our pop-up is called Two Hungry Girls, as it pretty much sums up our constant status. We are otherwise known as Leigh Koh Peart and Shuwen Tan, two Chinese girls and friends who love the food from our heritage. We specialise in Chinese cuisine, from authentic recipes to our own contemporary twists and creations.
Why did you decide to set it up?
Chinese food in the UK often seen as the greasy takeaway after a big night out and can be very misrepresented, so we want to change that perception as well as have fun doing it. We both loved the pop-up and supperclub scene in London being big foodies ourselves, as those who seek it out are very interested in trying and learning about different cuisines. It seemed the perfect platform for our mission!
What makes your Pop Up so special/Unique?
We hope our mix of classic and modern Chinese menus excite our guests, and we tend to collaborate a lot with other pop-ups or creative groups to come up with unique events. For example over Chinese New Year earlier this year we collaborated with Platform 65, a Singaporean performing arts group, to present Chairman Mao’s Chinese New Year Feast. We created a menu around the occasion whilst stories of folklore, traditions and what the Chairman loved during this festive period were told.
What is your favourite memory so far?
There are many, one of our favourites was hosting a private supperclub for a birthday party. It was great fun to come up with a very customised menu and wonderful to know you’ve set the scene and contributed to someone’s special occasion.
All over London! We used to be based in North London but due to exciting personal developments we’ve decided to base ourselves wherever we can find interesting and accessible venues.
Why do you choose those locations? What makes them special?
We like venues that really fit in with the theme of our event – and must have a decent kitchen area! One of the most interesting places we popped up in was Clifton Nurseries in Maida Vale. They had an amazing variety of plants, flowers and props which set the backdrop perfectly for an Asian Street Food theme.
What is your signature dish?
Our Slow Braised Soy Caramelised Pork Belly is always a hit with guests! Our other crowd pleasers are our Hunannese Style Cumin Beef and Spicy Sambal Prawns. Leigh who trained as a pastry chef always has fantastic ideas for desserts, especially fusing French techniques with Asian flavours.
Why should we come and visit you?
Because we go all out to make our guests hungry and leaving them wanting more. We love sharing our passion for our cuisine and culture, so hopefully you’ll learn a little about Chinese dining as well!
We adore the talented boys from the Back Door Kitchen, a really fabulous Malaysian supperclub called Wild Serai and excellent Cantonese food from Fed by Tang. And we need to try way more other pop-ups ourselves!
And finally what exciting events, news etc. have you got coming up?
Yes! Our next event is 1st September which is part of the Supperheroes fundraising campaign for global child malnutrition charity Action Against Hunger. It will be held at the one and only School of Wok in Covent Garden and we hope to raise lots of funds for a great cause. There are still seats available via Edible Experiences but be quick!