This week's #FoodFriday comes from Zaleha Olpin - a contestant on MasterChef UK 2018 and owner of the successful Malaysian KitchenUK Supper Club based in Bristol. You can find them serving food and celebrating Chinese New Year at Wai Yee Hong this Saturday 9 February, 11am-2pm. 

Zaleha Olpin Food Friday

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Zaleha Olpin's favourite places to eat in Bristol:

Pinkmans, Park Street

The exquisite aroma of freshly-baked goods and coffee coming from Pinkmans lure me in every single time I pass it on Park Street! They serve the most incredible doughnuts and also a wide range of breads, pastries and cakes. In addition, their lunch menus are filled with all kinds of food including loads of veggie options too! Definitely try the almond croissants with a cup of latte and grab a seat by the large windows and watch the world go by. 

Food Friday Zaleha Olpin

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Yakinori, Park Street

This is my favourite Japanese food outlet here in Bristol. The open kitchen concept is fantastic as I love sitting there and watching the chefs rolling the sushi or stir-frying the noodles all whilst smiling and chatting to the customers. The food selection is good, quick and prompt and the owner, Ali and the rest of the staff are very friendly. 

Everyday Thai, Fishponds

You’re always greeted with a friendly smile at this establishment! We first discovered this place in 2016 and it has become one of our family’s favourite restaurants. The owners, Sami and his wife Chef Pickky always go out of their way to accommodate dishes to our liking and we’ve never been disappointed! The flavours are fresh and just like what you’d get in Thailand! My favourites are definitely the Thai Fishcakes, Beef Pad Gra Pow (extra spicy!), Sweet and Sour Prawns and the Pad Thai.

Raj Bari, Hotwells Road

Before moving permanently back to Bristol, our trips home to see family were never complete without a meal at Raj Bari. It’s a beautiful little restaurant on the busy Hotwells Road and it is our favourite place for a Friday night takeaway. Their spicy Lamb Madras will make you cry but have you coming back for more.

Lona, Gloucester Road

Having lived in the Middle East for several years, Lona is the best place for my family and I to devour our favourite Arabic dishes. As soon as you walk in, you are greeted with typical Middle Eastern decor and hospitality. Our favourite is the mixed grill, the Lona Seafood Special and the lamb bourek. The portions are generous and the service is fast. If you love juices and smoothies, you will be spoilt for choice as there are many wonderful combinations to choose from! Try the Lemon and Mint or the Full Power smoothie. 

About the author:

Zaleha Olpin grew up in Malaysia and was taught to cook traditional Malaysian dishes by her mother from an early age. She left her job in a Multi-National Oil & Gas Company to travel with her husband around the world and having lived in Korea, the Middle East and Australia, she considers herself to be well-versed in international cookery but still goes back to her traditional cooking when it comes to having family or guests for supper. Zaleha lives in Bristol with her husband and youngest daughter and owns the successful Malaysian KitchenUK Supper Club with two friends. Besides the Supper Club, Zaleha also teaches Malaysian cookery at a local cookery school, she wants people to know how special Malaysian food is due to the multicultural populations in Malaysia.

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Bakery serving breakfast, lunch, salads, sandwiches, cakes & tarts, sourdough pizza, fully licensed.

Yakinori Bristol
Yakinori Bristol

Yakinori is an independent, family owned Japanese restaurant serving Noodles, Sushi, Ramen, Katsu Curry, Bento, Grilled Dishes & Sake in a fun and vibrant setting!

Chinese New Year 2019 at Wai Yee Hong
Chinese New Year, Bristol 2019

Join in the Chinese New Year celebrations! There will be traditional live firecrackers, lion dance, kung fu, dancing, crafts, street food and face painting!