Recreating Southeast Asia Through Food

Venue: BGLT, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG

Date: 8th November

Time: 11am-1pm

Tickets: Free (book here)


As part of Trading of Traditions, a weekend long event of performance and discussion, SEA ArtsFest presents a panel discussion which explores the ways in which an “authentic” encounter of Southeast Asia is produced in London through the medium of food. We will hear from four distinguished speakers about their practice creating and critiquing these culinary experiences of Southeast Asia.


Shu Han Lee:

Shu Han Lee is a graphic designer, food writer and stylist, currently heading back to school (gulp!) for her Masters at Imperial College Business School. She grew up in Singapore, a country known for its amazing food (and 55-storey high infinity pools), and continues her nation’s obsession with food in London, where she writes and takes too many photos of food. She first moved here for her course at Central Saint Martins college, and by some inevitable force, ended up ended up twirling noodles and sprinkling coriander and collecting plates and rescuing wooden boards from the dumpster to make food look beautiful. By that same inevitable force, a lot of her design projects and products feature the edible.

Influenced by her old weekend job managing a farmer’s market, she tends to cook with what’s seasonal and local- even when she’s cooking a comforting bowl of noodle soup from home or serving diners up at her supperclubs or popups. She’s currently working on her debut cookbook, Chicken and Rice, with the folks at FigTree (Penguin Books), out May 2016. It’s going to be filled with Southeast Asian recipes that will give people a taste of the wonderful flavours she grew up with, while at the same time making use of British seasonal produce.

Andy Spracklen: 

Andy Spracklen is a restaurateur, urbanist and postgraduate student in the Anthropology of Food at SOAS in London, where he now resides. He co-founded leading Malaysian restaurant, Ning, in Manchester with award-winning Malaysian celebrity chef Norman Musa whose popular book, Malaysian Food , he co-wrote and edited. Together they have pioneered the popularising of Malaysian cuisine in the UK, working frequently with the Malaysian government-backed Malaysia Kitchen campaign and, most recently, VisitKL.

Formerly an urban planner, Spracklen brings a unique understanding to place, identity and food, which he is now exploring further academically. An experienced speaker and presenter, he has previously spoken on these topics at the Abergavenny Food Festival Conference and at the Academy of Urbanism, of which he is an academician.

Sung Chik/Mr Noodles

Mr Noodles is best known for his blog: Eat Noodles Love Noodles, which features mainly east Asian cuisine, both in London and further afield. Although very much a lapsed blogger these days he is very active on Instagram. From time to time he writes on his other blog: Din Tai Fung London Fan Club, a blog-cum-petition to bring the esteemed Taiwanese dumpling restaurant Din Tai Fung to London.
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Deborah Chatterjee 
Deborah Chatterjee is the co-founder of SharedCity – a tour company that enables people to travel the world without leaving London. She is of mixed Italian & Indian heritage and very proud of being a born and bred Londoner.