Asia Delight, Chinese takeaway delivery, Colchester

Asia Delight Chinese food takeaway re-opened in 2016 with new owners and a new menu. The restaurant has had a makeover with the reception area now much more cleaner and with nice new seats. It offers takeaway only.

The company can be contacted on 01206 548881.

Asia Delight deliver within a 3 mile area (or for a small fee over 3 miles).

The restaurant can be found at: 9 The Parade, Queen Elizabeth Way, Colchester, CO2 8LY.

5 out of 5 food hygiene rating

At the time of writing, Asia Delight had been awarded a 5 out of 5 rating on food hygiene.

My rating

The new takeaway has improved considerably since it re-opened. The previous owners were somewhat rude but the new owners seem much more friendly. The quality of the food has also improved and the new management have clearly made an effort to improve the cleanliness and hygiene of the business.

Recommended dishes

I recommend the lamb and ginger with spring onion (49a) and also the Happy Family (44b)

Menu

You can view Asia Delight’s menu below (click the image to make it bigger):

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Quark vs Mayonnaise – Which is better for you?

I was once a mayo addict, so it was no surprise that eventually my wife would tell me to try a substitute to help my expanding waistline, but what would I find better in the Quark vs Mayonnaise battle?

When I say I was a mayo addict I really mean it. I’d eat the stuff with anything – sandwiches, roast potatoes, sprouts, stirfry…anything. So it was going to be difficult to make the change. I decided it was time to look at the facts.

The nutritional facts

First, lets compare Real Mayonnaise (full fat) with the ‘standard’ Quark (in this case I used a brand called Golden Acre).

Per 100g Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise Quark
Fat 79g 0.8g
Saturated Fat 6.3g 0.5g
Protein 1.9g 11.9g
Carbohydrate

of which sugars

1.4g

1.3g

4.0g

4.0g

 

Quark v MayonnaiseAs you can see, Quark immediately takes the lead in the Quark vs Mayonnaise battle. Quark’s benefits are in the low fat, high protein department. So if you’re looking to up your protein intake whilst massively reducing your fat intake, Quark is a good alternative. Of course, if you’re looking to add more fat to your diet, Quark may not be the food for you.

In balance, Quark has more sugar for 100g than Hellman’s mayonnaise (albeit a very small amount). That is, until we look at low fat mayo.

Quark v Low Fat Mayo

The common problem with ‘low fat’ foods is that manufacturers often load them with carbohydrates and sugars to compensate for the lack of flavour caused by removing the fat. Therefore, eating low fat doesn’t always mean low calories. In fact, there’s a lot of evidence now to show that the high sugar in low fat diets is more damaging than the fat and can even be harmful.

Let’s take a look at Quark v Low Fat Mayo:

Per 100g Hellman’s Low Fat Mayonnaise Quark
Fat  27g 0.8g
Saturated Fat  2.7g 0.5g
Protein  0.7g 11.9g
Carbohydrate

of which sugars

6.2g

2.3g

4.0g

4.0g

 

The amount of sugar in the low fat mayo has immediately overtaken quark and by a considerable amount. In the case of this low fat mayo, this sugar comes from some processed sugars including xanthan gum and Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). EDTA has actually be found to be toxic if consumed by lab animals. Yuck!

The ‘low fat’ mayo still has a considerable amount of more fat in that quark and it’s lower in the protein department.

Quark is made from natural ingredients. In the quark I used for this blog, it was made from just skimmed milk, microbial rennet (suitable for vegetarians) and a natural starter culture.

So which one wins the Quark vs Mayonnaise battle?

Unless you’re looking to eat a lot of fat, the evidence shows that Quark is a much better alternative to mayonnaise. It’s high in protein, low in fat and low in sugar. It also has no additional additives and is made completely of natural ingredients…more than can be said for low fat mayo!

The Quark vs Mayonnaise battle was easily won by quark and the switch was made pretty much instantly. It’s a simple way to reduce fat in your diet and naturally increase protein.

But Quark doesn’t taste like mayonnaise!

Well, yes, it is quite flavourless but then it’s not really a food you would chose to eat on it’s own (although you can). You wouldn’t eat mayonnaise on it’s own either, would you. Because of Quark’s light flavour you can easily add just a little lemon juice and paprika to it for an alternative to mayo, or add chilli and garlic for a nice and spicy dip. You can also use it in cooking or as an alternative to mayo in a B.L.T sandwich or tuna dip. Oh, and it can take the place of mascarpone in many dishes.

Either way, Quark is a very versatile food which can be used in all manner of ways. So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself some quark and start experimenting!

 

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Native Oyster vs Rock Oyster – which tastes the best?

Native Oyster vs Rock Oyster
Native Oyster vs Rock Oyster
Native Oyster vs Rock Oyster – which is the best?

Following on from my blog on how to shuck an oyster, I decided it was time to try and put an argument to bed – is the Native Oyster or Rock Oyster the best?

I’m lucky to live in an area where there is an abundance of oysters waiting to be eaten. The wild oysters of the River Blackwater surround miles of coastline of Essex providing a fresh supply of oysters all year round.

I’ve tried many different types of oysters, but the most common in my area at the Native (Colchester) available from September through to April, and Rock which are available all year round.

I first tried a Rock (gigas) oyster when I was about 6. My grandfather told me to “swallow it whole” but by the time I was 13 I was well accustomed to chewing and oyster to fully appreciate the flavours inside (if you swallow your oyster whole you eating them wrong – here’s why).

 

Oyster Snobs

Like with most fine foods, there are snobs when it comes to oysters. People will tell you that the Native’s a “far better” than Rock and have a “sweeter flavour”. I’m calling b*llocks on that right now. Just today I ate three of each before writing this blog and found the Rock Oysters just as sweet but noticeably more meaty.

The thing is that I actually prefer Rock oyster over Native. People consistently tell me that I’m wrong and that Natives are the best, but I disagree. I eats what I likes and I like what I eats and no one is going to tell me any different.

It’s like people who say that the classic prawn cocktail hasn’t been a socially acceptable starter since the 1980s; they’re completely mental. Prawn cocktail starters are a staple entrée at Christmas and Easter and I won’t have it any other way!

I’m a bit of a tight git and I like value for money, and for me the additional cost of the Native Oyster just doesn’t warrant it in terms of flavour. There. I’ve said it. Native Oysters are overrated.

 

So, Native Oyster vs Rock Oyster – which is the best?

Finally, I have an answer for you, but you’re not going to like it. Quite simply, neither oyster tastes better than they other. They both taste great in their own way. Personally, I would chose a Rock oyster over a Native any day, but then I’m an Essex Boy with no taste (apparently).

I started off this blog with the aim of putting the argument to bed, but quite simply, it’s impossible to do so. Eat whichever you prefer. Don’t chose the Native just because it’s more expensive and everyone tells you to like it more; chose it because you like it.

 

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Homemade Doner Kebab

Homemade Doner Kebab

Watching your figure doesn’t mean you have to give up your Saturday night treat, and that includes the Doner Kebab. In fact, my homemade Doner Kebab meat can be high in protein and with virtually no carbohydrates whatsoever.

There’s a big difference between this homemade donor kebab recipe which you buy in a fast-food restaurant. To start, you know exactly what’s gone into the meat (which is more than can be said for the lump of processed meat which turns around on that grill). Plus, with my recipe, you know exactly how old the meat is.

I highly recommend that you use grass fed lamb whenever possible, but if lamb isn’t your think there’s not reason you can swap it for pork mince, or even beef (be careful as beef can get dry).

 

This Homemade Doner Kebab is healthy, tasty and cheap!

This recipe has taken me a year or so to perfect and now I’m happy to share it with you! You can adjust the ingredients to suit you and alter the salad to your own tastes. You can make a chilli sauce if you like or instead try a good quality mayo on it – it’s good!

I’d love to hear your comments and feedback so please feel free to leave your comments below.

Homemade Doner Kebab
Homemade Paleo Doner Kebab
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The best homemade doner kebab recipe you'll find - healthy, natural and cheap
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 30 hour
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 30 hour
Homemade Doner Kebab
Homemade Paleo Doner Kebab
Print Recipe
The best homemade doner kebab recipe you'll find - healthy, natural and cheap
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 30 hour
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 30 hour
Ingredients
For the salad
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 7 (200'c)
  2. Place all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and thoroughly mix. If you can, use your hands and really mix the ingredients together until they resemble a texture of a burger
  3. Line the bottom of a large roasting tin with greaseproof paper. If you don't have greaseproof paper, use tin foil. NOTE: this will make it easier to clean the roasting tin later
  4. Roll the meat out into the roasting tin. Try to make it around 5mm thick and push it into the corners. The meat mix will shrink as it cooks. USE YOUR FINGERS NOT A ROLLING PIN
  5. Place in the oven for 15 minutes
  6. After 15 minutes, once fully cooked, remove the meat from the oven and turn it over (optional - skip this and step 7 if you don't like your meat charred)
  7. Place under a hot grill for a few minutes to cook the underside of the meat (or return it to the oven for 6 minutes if you don't have a grill)
  8. Your fresh homemade doner kebab is ready to enjoy! Slice it into thin strips or use a pair of chef's scissors
Recipe Notes

What you chose to have in the salad is totally your choice and this paleo doner meat will go with almost any salad item.

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Stop Drinking Cow’s Milk and Make Yourself Healthier

stop drinking cow's milk

For decades, cow’s milk has been sold to the public as the low-fat, calcium rich drink which every balanced diet needs. Although it’s true that raw milk has been consumed by humans for thousands of years, it only became heavily popular around the end of World War II. In fact, early man was intolerant of milk and the lactose it contains still makes people ill to this day so it’s probably time we changed our diet to stop drinking cow’s milk.

Milk is a relatively recent addition to the human diet, but is it as important and useful to humans as we are led to believe? It may be time that you stopped drinking cow’s milk for your own health and the health of animals.

Pasteurisation and Antibiotics

The most common form of milk drunk across Europe and the United States is cow’s milk.

Cows are the preferred choice for milk production as cows produce a larger yield for the food they consume than any other farmed animal. However, the milk which we buy from our supermarkets is not the same products as the milk taken from cows. By the time the milk has arrived in bottles for consumers to purchase it has been heavily processed.

Most milk sold to consumers has been pasteurised. Pasteurisation is the process of killing microbial growth preventing bacteria developing which can lead to poisonous pathogens infesting in the milk. The process involves heating the raw milk to around 164’F, then cooling it via a heat transfer method to about 88’F which kills a lot of the microbes in the liquid. The process of pasteurisation has side effects: it destroys vitamin C and damages water soluble B-vitamins. The process also reduces Calcium and other minerals in the raw milk so if you’re looking for good sources of these vitamins and minerals it may be time you made the decision to stop drinking cow’s milk.

Whilst pasteurisation helps to protect the consumer from illness, it does not protect the cows from infection. Modern farming techniques are moving towards keeping cattle in smaller areas, closer together and sometimes without the animals being able to graze on pasture. In turn, this means that dairy farmers and so called ‘mega dairies’ are constantly fighting a war against infection. The result? A huge increase over the past 30 years in the use of bovine Antibiotics.

Over time, antibiotics are filtered through to the milk humans consume and pasteurisation cannot prevent some of those drugs getting through into the food chain. This makes bacteria that can infect humans more resistant to antibiotics, which in turn can prevent the effectiveness of antibiotics to fight illnesses.

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that antibiotic use in dairy cattle should be reduced or even phased out completely, but the organisation refuses to set guidelines or time-scales for this.

Hormones in cow’s milk

Many dairy herds are fed growth hormones to increase milk yields. The most commonly used growth hormone in milk is bovine somatotropin. Bovine somatotropin occurs naturally in a cows body but can be synthesized and given to a healthy cow under the name Posilac. It is claimed that Posilac increases a cow’s milk production by 10 more pounds of milk per day.

What the manufacturers of growth hormones don’t tell us is how those hormones are passed onto humans and the effects that they have on human health. Some studies into other hormones such as Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) have shown a link between milk ingested by non-infant humans and increases in certain types of cancers. EJAnet.org states:

“IGF-1 is a naturally-occurring hormone found in the milk of both cows and humans. It affects cell growth and is responsible for the quick growth of infants in both species. This is why it is biologically present in mother’s milk, since it is meant to be consumed by infants. While the IGF-1 hormone already exists in humans, it is usually bound to protein and thus has less of an effect than unbound IGF-1 in milk.

When cow’s milk is consumed by human non-infants, it behaves as a cancer-accelerator. IGF-1 is not destroyed in the pasteurization process nor during human digestion and is therefore biologically active in humans, being associated with breast, prostate, and colon cancers.”

History has shown us that messing around with raw foodstuffs generally ends up in damage being caused to the food chain or to other animals. So why do governing bodies allow the sustained use of such hormones? Do we need to be reminded of the ‘Mad Cow’ variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) which resulted in bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and which is still killing people to this date? If you Stop drinking cow’s milk today you can help put an end to this.

In addition the use of hormones can increase the risk of infections in cows such as mastitis which again will require antibiotics to cure – more hormones = more antibiotics.

In balance it’s only fair to share the opinion of The American Cancer Society (ACS) which has investigated the link between cow’s milk and human transmission and say it has “no formal position regarding rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone)”

Still think that milk is good for you?

For decades we have been told that milk is rich in calcium which helps to make bones grow but milk isn’t the only food that is calcium rich. Calcium enriched Soy milk has just the same amount of calcium per 100ml as skimmed milk yet when we compare cows milk and soy milk we can see that soy has less saturated fat, more natural carbohydrates, more fibre and more magnesium. Soy milk is also hormone and antibiotic free. Soy milk also has no cholesterol (unlike cow’s milk) and far less sugar so it’s a great alternative if you decided to stop drinking cow’s milk.

Calcium can also be consumed much more healthily in the form of green vegetables and good quality fish such as salmon.

I can hear you shouting now “but milk is low fat!”. Here’s a newsflash for you – fat is important for the human body and not all fats are bad. The human body needs fat. However, the sugary lactose contained in milk is not and there is far more sugar in milk than there is protein or fat.

An example of Soy Milk vs Cow's Milk
An example of Soy Milk vs Cow’s Milk // Source: One Green Planet

 

Milk is cheap – supply is outstripping demand

This is undeniable. Milk is a cheap, abundant and relatively healthy source of protein (if you ignore the points made above) and of course people are going to consume it if they can’t afford the more expensive soy alternatives.

But here’s the thing – milk is only cheap because it is so massively overproduced. In August 2015 British Dairy Farmers protested against major supermarkets for forcing prices low. What the dairy farmers fail to accept is that they are the authors of their own misfortune in many ways. Decades of overproduction has led to so much competition in the marketplace that supermarkets can select from hundreds of different providers. Supermarkets don’t have to buy in milk at a high price because of the abundance.

In addition, Russia banned the import of milk from the West due to sanctions enforced by UK and the US over the invasion of Ukraine. This has left a huge black hole where their used to be milky fields of money and it’s really hurting farmers. It’s not that more people have decided to stop drinking cow’s milk but that there are just too many farmers producing it.

Care of cows

Finally, when we take away the risks to human health, we’re still left with the moral issue of how cows are affected by modern farming techniques. Consider these points as we finish this discussion:

  • Using hormones can result in painful infections in cows including mastitis; resulting in an increase in the use of antibiotics
  • Mega dairies generally don’t allow cattle out to pasture. In effect, some Mega Dairies keep cows in barns like huge prisons – that’s not a life for any animal and you can prevent this if you stop drinking cow’s milk

It’s time you Stop drinking cow’s milk!

It’s fair to say that the farming industry is quite one sided, but now you read some of the fact, will you make the decision to stop drinking cow’s milk?

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