Sponsored Post: Five of the Top Chinese Dishes Foodies Love to Enjoy

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Chinese cuisine is one of the most popular types of international cuisines. It appeals to people of all tastes and can be enjoyed just about anywhere in the world. Everyone loves to treat themselves with a Chinese takeaway after a hard day’s work and when you’re celebrating a special occasion, what better way to do so than with a trip to the local restaurant? Chinese cuisine is recognised for its variety of flavours, from sweet and sour to spicy, and for featuring substantial amounts of vegetables in each dish.

KMC Seasoning is the mastermind behind the ever-growing salt and pepper seasoning craze in the United Kingdom. As a healthy and tasty alternative to table salt and pepper, KMC’s seasoning mix combines several ingredients to help you take your homemade meals to the next level with extra flavour and spice.

In this article, KMC Seasoning will walk us through their handpicked list of some of the best Chinese dishes that are popular with Asian food lovers!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Let’s start off with one of the most popular Chinese dishes that there is, and a personal favourite of ours! The delicious Sweet and Sour chicken dish guarantees a crispy and tangy taste. To make this meal, you start by slicing the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces followed by coating them in various ingredients, which may include corn-starch, egg whites and salt. The chicken is fried to a crisp perfection and mixed in with the ingredient that makes the dish truly unique… the sweet and sour sauce! Sweet and sour sauce can usually be made with pineapple juice, ketchup, salt, brown sugar and vinegar. Combine some pineapple chunks and bell peppers into the mix to deliver even more flavour. Finally, serve with a portion of fried rice and you’ve got the perfect appetising Chinese dish!

Peking Duck

The Peking duck dish is a classic Chinese meal that provides a pleasant change to the traditional meat-based cuisine that usually comprises of chicken, beef and pork. This is a wonderful choice when you’re after some variety that your taste buds can enjoy. Peking duck can either be enjoyed solo, guaranteeing a filling meal, or as a sharing plate. It is often served with Chinese pancakes, spring onions and hoisin sauce. Just help yourself, wrap up the ingredients and enjoy an explosion of mouth-watering tastes! Peking duck is relatively simple to make as most of your time will be spent on preparing and cooking the duck with the rest of the ingredients generally ready to be consumed. For the perfect homemade Peking duck, fully defrost the duck and rinse it with cold water. You will want to coat and season duck, with honey syrup a popular suggestion. Leave the duck to dry overnight and then roast it in the oven. When cooked, thinly slice the duck and serve it with your sauce, pancakes and spring onions.

Salt and Pepper Chips

Salt and pepper chips is without a doubt one of the most popular takeaway dishes. After all, who doesn’t love a spicy kick to quench their hangover! This takes the common side dish of chips and adds more flavour and spice, making it a full meal of its own. At KMC, our salt and pepper chips recipe is highly recommended and a very popular choice. It is a pretty simple recipe to follow and its your choice whether you wish to buy pre-made chips, skinny fries or potato wedges, or if you prefer to peel and cut the potatoes yourself. Transfer your chosen type to the oven and a sprinkle of KMC salt and pepper seasoning along with some finely chopped onions. Cook the chips until they’re crisp and golden and add some cheese, coriander and chilli. You can add bell peppers, garlic cloves and peppercorns should you wish. Transfer the chips from the oven to the grill and serve when the ingredients are nicely mixed in.

Chow Mein

Noodles dishes are one of the core types of meals that you can have when it comes to Chinese cuisine. There’s not many better noodles dishes around than the traditional chow mein! The chow mein dish is full of flavour and healthy ingredients thanks to your choice of meat, a colourful mix of vegetables, noodles and savoury sauce. One of the best things about stir fry meals such as this is that you can swap and change ingredients to your preferred choice without affecting the process too much. Start by choosing what ingredients you want. Your choice of meat could be anything from chicken to beef and pork. For the veg, pick up a ready-made mixed pack or source the ingredients individually. Carrots, spring onions, peppers and cabbage are especially popular choices for chow mein. Your choice of noodles could include ramen, instant or egg noodles. You can either make your own chow mein source or buy a brand’s own sauce – Blue Dragon is a fantastic brand to consider! The stir fry method itself is probably one of the easiest cooking techniques that you can follow. Add the sliced meat pieces to a wok with some oil and cook until browned. Proceed with adding your vegetables and mix in with the meat. Add the sauce into the mix and continue to stir thoroughly. Last of all, add the noodles and if required, a small amount of water. Continue to stir and toss the ingredients on a low heat. Serve and enjoy!

Spring Rolls

When it comes to appetisers or a perfect side dish, spring rolls are a fantastic choice as part of your Chinese meal. The key to a perfect spring roll is to make sure they are packed with a range of ingredients. Each bite should deliver a varied taste. The ingredients often include chicken, carrots, cabbage, beansprouts, onions, soy sauce and oyster sauce. If you prefer, you can substitute the chicken with another meat or a vegetation option with ease. Prepare the ingredients by chopping them into small bite-sized pieces. Stir fry the chicken in a wok with a small amount of oil and season some KMC seasoning and soy sauce. Give the chicken some time to cool down and then mix in with the veg and sauce in a bowl. Add some of the bowl mix, approximately two tablespoons, into the centre of two spring roll wrappers. Roll up the wrappers with cornflour paste and beaten egg yolk until it is firmly wrapped. Dip the spring rolls into small batches of hot oil and deep fry for a few minutes until golden brown. Drain the spring rolls and serve as a delicious appetiser before your main meal.

The Wine List: Taste Testing in Your Own Home!

The Wine List Wine Tasting (6)

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Liking wine is one thing. Being into wine is quite another. It feels as though there’s a vast and unnavigable sea of knowledge that you have to master before you can say you’re into wine. Grape varieties, soil types, climate, geography – it’s easy to give up before you even start and just select whatever’s on offer in your local shop. But getting into wine isn’t as difficult as you think, and you can actually do it at home with The Wine List!

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Nautical style and hearts: Duchess of Cambridge visits South Wales

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Get the Duchess of Cambridge‘s South Wales style with this cute Valentine’s themed pink heart scarf from Beulah London: bit.ly/3b9HGyj. Priced at £95, 10% of the profits go towards helping end modern slavery. (Thanks to @labelsforlunchfor this!)

Her dress is from Zara, a past season item. Her coat is called the Bianca, and still available from Hobbs, currently on sale: http://bit.ly/398q2cw. She also carried her ruby red small Darley bag from Mulberry in croc finish, and that item is actually on sale now here: http://bit.ly/3b9NaZH.



Pleated Leopard Print Skirts: Apparently the Must-Have of January 2020!

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This week, the Duchess of Cambridge began her early years initiative in earnest, at the Ely and Careau Children’s Centre in Cardiff. Part of her ensemble was a Zara leopard print pleated skirt, which was on sale for £9.99, but sold out almost immediately.

If you were after pleated leopard print skirts, though, I have plenty for you! Apparently this is the must-have fashion item of the season, which I had no idea about… And, because it’s so popular, there are skirts in a variety of different price ranges as well, from £34 up to £169!

Leopard Print Skirts

Ralph Lauren Leopard Print Skirts

20 January: UK-Africa Summit – Duchess of Cambridge in Needle and Thread dress

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20 Jan 2020: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate is wearing the gorgeous Aurora dress, found here: http://bit.ly/2Rcy5ik
It’s £410 from Needle and Thread and still available in many sizes. Good luck!
Aurora Dress
You can also purchase her ruby earrings from Soru Jewellery, where they cost £140.


Black Friday for Royal Watchers! Strathberry and Missoma discounted

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It’s Black Friday time! As usual, some of the Duchesses’ favourite retailers have some great pieces at a discount.

First off, let’s look at Strathberry, home to three bags carried by Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. They are:

At Missoma, everything is discounted with the code VIP25 or BF25: check their range out here: http://bit.ly/37D6Bsf. Here are some of the items worn by the royals; the first by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and the rest by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.



Smart Set Capsule Wardrobe by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Meghan’s Smart Set capsule wardrobe launched today. Here’s a quick and simple list of products and where to buy. Links are affiliate, except for Misha Nonoo’s.
John Lewis tote bag, £109, in black and brown: bit.ly/31iT5qi
M&S dress (in 3 colours) at £19.50 bit.ly/31i002G
Jigsaw Paris Blazer: bit.ly/2Ae10cs
Jigsaw Paris Trousers: bit.ly/31nbrXe
Today at the launch, Meghan paired her Paris trousers and Smart Set Shirt with a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels (http://bit.ly/2A9sLCS, affiliate link) and a saddle coloured POLO Ralph Lauren belt (http://bit.ly/31iXlG2, affiliate link)
For every item purchased from the Smart Set, a like for like donation will be made to Smart Works, a charity that helps women with the clothes, confidence and coaching to go out there and get that job! I love the way Meghan channels her love for cooking and fashion into helping those in need!


Kate, Duchess of Sussex, at the Polo, 10 July 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge carries a small Darley bag in red today – currently on sale here! bit.ly/2G15FBR (UK affiliate link) #DuchessofCambridge #Katestyle

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at the Polo, 10 July 2019


With thanks to @MeghansMirror for the ID, here are Meghan’s sunnies today: £220 at @NETAPORTER. bit.ly/2YNpXWG (affiliate link) #DuchessofSussex #MeghanStyleCapturesunniues

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at Wimbledon, 4 July 2019

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A quick update on Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s, outfit, today at Wimbledon! She wore a gorgeous white pinstripe blazer, with a new pair of sunglasses, and her trusty Madewell hat. It’s now available to purchase in the UK and I really, really wish I could buy it!


Here are the links to purchase:

Hat: bit.ly/2YyePNd (now available in the UK!)

Thanks to @MeghansMirror

and @fortheroyals

for IDs!