Humble Chicken Lychee martini Silky, fruity and tart, this light and tropical cocktail makes for an elegant aperitif. 30 MINUTES + OVERNIGHT INFUSING | SERVES 1 | EASY sansho vodka 40ml (see below) bianco vermouth 10ml (we recommend Contratto Bianco) lime juice 25ml, plus a strip of lime peel to garnish lychee syrup 20ml (see below) SANSHO VODKA (see cook’s notes) sansho peppercorns 5g vodka 250ml LYCHEE SYRUP (see cook’s notes) lychees 10, peeled and stoned caster sugar 1 To make the sansho vodka, combine the sansho peppercorns and vodka. Leave to infuse overnight then filter out the peppercorns using a fine muslin cloth. 2 For the lychee syrup, weigh the lychees and add the same weight of water. Tip into a high-powered blender and whizz until smooth, then pour through a fine sieve set over a bowl. Weigh the lychee liquid and add the same weight of caster sugar, then stir to dissolve. 3 To make the cocktail, measure out all of the ingredients for the cocktail into a shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a strip of lime peel, gently twisting over the drink to release the oils. cook’s notes This will make more lychee syrup than you’ll need but will keep in the fridge for a week. It’ll also make more sansho vodka than you’ll need and this will keep almost indefinitely. 64 July 2021 July 2021 65 discover eat in, eat out Everything strawberry and cheesecake

Everything strawberry and cheesecake

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This dessert from London yakitori bar Humble Chicken is a surefire way to impress your dinner guests – use in-season strawberries for the best flavour


Enjoy this strawberry dessert from Humble Chicken bar, then check out their Japanese croquettes and lychee martini.

Also check out more indulgent cheesecake recipes, including our classic strawberry cheesecake, vanilla cheesecake and raspberry cheesecake.



  • strawberries 150g, halved or quartered


  • soft cheese 135g
  • crème fraîche 45g
  • egg 1
  • caster sugar 40g
  • gelatin ¾ of a sheet
  • double cream 90ml


  • strawberries 150g
  • caster sugar 60g
  • egg yolks 3
  • whipping cream 75ml


  • large strawberries 2


  • butter 70g, chilled and cubed
  • soft light brown sugar 35g
  • plain flour 65g
  • wholewheat flour 45g
  • runny honey 15g


  • Step 1

    For the cheesecake cream, put the first four ingredients plus a pinch of salt into a blender and whizz until smooth. Put the mixture into a bowl set over a pan of very gently simmering water and cook very slowly for 25 minutes, stirring regularly until thickened slightly.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, put the gelatin in iced water then, after the 25 minutes, squeeze and add to the pan, stirring to dissolve fully. Pour in the cream and mix again. Divide between four serving bowls and chill for 4-5 hours.

  • Step 3

    For the strawberry parfait, remove the tops from the strawberries, put in a blender and whizz until smooth. Boil the sugar and 40ml of water in a small pan until it reaches 120C on a digital thermometer. Meanwhile, use electric beaters to whisk the egg yolks until really thick. Once the sugar mixture reaches 120C, slowly add it to the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then add in the strawberry purée. Whisk the cream until soft peaks and fold into the mixture, pipe into small moulds or ice cube trays, and freeze for at least 3-4 hours.

  • Step 4

    For the strawberry snow, put the strawberries into the freezer for 4-5 hours.

  • Step 5

    For the graham crumble, heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Put all of the ingredients plus a pinch of salt into a free-standing mixer with a paddle attachment and mix on a medium speed until you have a crumbly texture (but don’t overmix). Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Step 6

    To serve, put the strawberry parfait on top of the set cheesecake and sprinkle over the fresh strawberries and crumble. To finish, take the frozen strawberries and grate these over the cheesecake with a fine grater.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 773
  • Fat 52.8g
  • Saturates 31.4g
  • Carbs 61.2g
  • Sugars 42g
  • Fibre 4.8g
  • Protein 10.8g
  • Salt 0.8g