About

K33 Kitchen about me

Hello! My name is Kee, I’m an illustrator, graphic designer, music lover, gym freak, mountain hiker, vegan cook and wine drinker.

I’m originally from Hong Kong and have been living in London since 2002.

London is an amazing city with a lot of things going on; the hustle and bustle, the colour and vibrancy, life in London is not bad at all.

However, in 2016, after living here for so many years, I realised I’d started taking it for granted. I had stopped seeing the beauty of London, and at the same time, I felt I were in a bottleneck with my creativity. So at the end of 2016, I decided to shake up my life a little bit. I put all my possessions in storage and said goodbye to my workspace, my flat and my friends. I travelled around Europe by myself and worked like a nomad for 13 months. I was very fortunate that, as a freelance illustrator/graphic designer, I could work anywhere so long as there was a desk, laptop and internet. This gave me the freedom to do this journey without costing me an arm and a leg.

On my travels I preferred living like a local rather than a short visit tourist, so I mostly stayed in each city for at least one month so that I could really settle in.

During the week, I worked 9-5 in co-work space and went to the gym after work. I met new people from work, the gym, local meetups and neighbourhoods.

I discovered strange ingredients from the local markets, ate in authentic local restaurants and spent time in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes that I’d learnt along the way. Each weekend I explored every little street and dug out the hidden gems and secrets from all the corners of all the cities it visited.

This journey taught me to see life from a different perspective and challenge my conceptions of convention. It opened my eyes and fed my soul on so many different levels; Strengthening my passion for travel, food, adventure, art and music.

Here I am back in London, after a year of travelling, self-discovery and learning. With fresh perspectives and creative vigour I’m starting this new project on top of my regular job to see where it takes me.

Welcome to K33 Kitchen, nice to meet you all!


K33 Kitchen:

I have no ambition to become a master chef, indeed I am in fact very lazy when I cook for myself. However, I really enjoy cooking for others, seeing people’s joy when eating my food gives me butterflies.

I love the challenge of learning new things, discovering new ingredients and new recipes. For me, food is not just the indulgence of taste-buds, it is a way to connect people together, a way of feeling, of touching, of loving and of sharing. It creates a moment, a memory and a togetherness with someone you care for or an experience just for yourself.

London is such a big melting pot of culture, I am not vegan myself, but I have friends with all different diets, from vegans to meat lovers and everything in-between. We all love and respect each other’s lifestyle choices and so I want to create delicious plant-based dishes that everyone can experience and enjoy together, whether you are vegan, vegetarian or meat eater.

Now I’m going to be honest with you about my cooking – as I said above, I am a lazy cook, a very lazy one; With the exception of the occasional weekend when I am just really in the mood to cook something fancy.

Most of the time I scarcely spend more than 15 minutes preparing a meal for myself. Particularly after a long day of working and going to the gym, I would rather not to spend my evening in the kitchen. I like to make one-pot-meals that take just 15 minutes or something I can prepare quickly, toss in the oven/slow cooker and leave until done.

As you may discover, many of my recipes use ‘cheat’ ingredients such as microwave cooked rice pouches, ready-made pastry sheets (surprisingly there are vegan ones available in the UK) and bouillon powder to accelerate the cooking process. I am trying to make the balance between fast, simple, delicious… and aesthetically pleasing. As a designer, food presentation is important too!

I want to share all my lazy cooking tricks and short-cuts with you so that you can create tasty, fast, easy and professional looking dishes that are sure to impress your loved ones.

Although I have been a vegetarian for 4 years, many of my recipes are actually quite “meaty”, despite the fact I no longer have a big meat craving in terms of taste. This is probably because, before becoming a vegetarian, I was a massive meat eater for the most of my life and have a still have particular food urges when it comes to certain occasions. For example, if I am watching football I feel like I must either have a hot dog or some chilli con carne with nachos, having a quinoa salad or a bowl noodle soup, no matter how tasty they are, just feel so wrong! Beer in the pub with a burger is a MUST!!! Or when having a full Chinese meal, I want to start with hot and sour soup or wonton soup with spring rolls, followed by crispy duck; without them the meal isn’t complete for me.

So since I got into vegan cooking, I have been working hard to convert my old meaty dishes and eggy baking habits into vegan friendly recipes. Lots of new and unfamiliar ingredients have been introduced to my ingredient lists, such as nutritional yeast, spirulina, flax/chia/hemp seeds, tempeh, gluten-free flour… etc. They were all alien to me at the beginning.

Sometimes I feel like my kitchen is turned into a science lab, especially when it comes to vegan baking, finding the right substitutions and ratios can be challenging but also a lot of fun.

I still remembered watching a YouTube video about how to make vegan whipped cream from chickpea bean juice; It was so completely mind-blowing that I felt like I was watching the Big Bang happening in front of my eyes.

The rewards and satisfaction of vegan cooking are huge; I remember last summer I cooked a vegan crispy duck for my long-time-vegan friend who had never tried the real thing. I showed her how to roll a pancake with plum sauce, salad, my vegan crispy duck and she sceptically put in her mouth, then her eyes sparkled. The smile on her face had stuck in my mind and is something that keeps me going.

I am not a professional chef and my recipes are not perfect or flawless. I am still on my journey of learning… any hopefully we can learn together. If you see any mistakes in my recipes, or you have a better, faster or lazier technique to share, or simply you want to share your favourite recipes, please feel free to drop me a message. <3<3


My Recipes:

My mother was a professional mom working very long hours who didn’t have to time cook for or look after us. From a young age, I was a very independent especially when it came to food. I began to cook for my family from the age of 12 and I was a waitress from 16 to until I graduated from Uni. I worked in a lot of different types of catering, such as food stalls, cafes, ramen shops, snack bars, takeaways, Chinese restaurants, pizzerias and spaghetti houses… etc. Despite the fact that I mostly worked as waiting staff, I was continuously curious and watched how chefs prepared their dishes, regularly volunteering be a helper in the kitchen and that’s where and how I learned all my cooking skills and knowledge.

As my website is very new, I still have sacks full of recipes to share; mostly Asian dishes I have cooked for years that I can’t even trace back to where I learnt them. Perhaps learnt from my grandmom, or the ramen shop I worked in at 17, maybe from people I met during my travels or just some variant i have concocted from a mixture of everything.

I also love to recreate yummy dishes I tasted made by friends or my favourite restaurants without asking for the recipes. I will try to work out the ingredients and methods in my mind by their taste and look, then re-create them through trial and error; this can be quite challenging. Often I will cook them again and again until I get something I am happy with. The outcome is not always the taste I was intending to achieve but I have a lot of fun trying and mostly end up with something unexpectedly nice.

And of course, I research recipes on YouTube, following other bloggers and cookbooks for inspiration. It is almost impossible to invent a completely original dish; especially when I am concentrated on developing everyday meal recipes. But I will try my best to keep my recipes as unique as I can because different people have different tastes and preferences. If my recipes are inspired by other sources, I will always include a link to the reference and I hope that others would do the same for me. Please link to my website and put a reference if you are recreating my recipe. All photography, text and content are owned by K33 Kitchen, please do not copy, print and reuse for any commercial purpose (on website, blogs, social media, in print) without permission.


Allergy and Diet:

Gluten-free:
Does not contain gluten.

Peanut-free:
Does not contain peanut.

Tree-nut-free:
Does not contain any tree nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, brazils, pistachios, macadamia nuts or Queensland nuts.

Soy-free:
Does not contain soy such as tofu, miso, soy sauce, soy milk, soy nuts and edamame.

High-protein:
High protein diet – contains more than 20 grams protein per main meal or 10 grams protein per snack and side dish.

Low-carb:
Low carb diet – contains no more than 30 grams carbohydrate per main meal or 15 grams protein per snack or side dish.

No sugar:
No added refined sugar, artificial sweetener, and no processed ingredient contains refined sugar.

Raw:
Food has never been heated over 48˚C (118˚F)

I make every attempt to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those suffer food allergy/intolerance. However, the food allergy information on this website is only for general guidance as no ingredients have been tested by a certified doctor.

Ready-made product’s ingredients may vary depending on the brand/region and manufacturers may change ingredients or production practices from time to time. If you have any food allergies, please check the ingredients labels on individual packages carefully or contact your doctor for professional advice before consuming.

If you spot any misinformation throughout my recipes, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me, your help is always appreciated.

All recipes nutritional values are analysed by www.myfitnesspal.com.