Join Little Hapas in Lewes this Weekend.

600lewesFMgenericLittle Hapas is serving our own special brand of world fusion street food with locally sourced, gorgeous produce from Plaw Hatch Biodynamic Farms in Sharpthorne, West Sussex this Weekend. Come and enjoy the best of Sussex produce with a hapa kick! We’ll also have holiday gift packs of hapasauce and other yummy Little Hapas treats.

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Lewes Farmers Market
• Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex

Sunday, 15 December 2013 • 10am-2pm

600hapasaucePKGKorrito £4.80
Korean refried beans (kidney beans, garlic, PLAW HATCH onion & chilies; ginger and spices); ORGANIC: English barley, brown rice, avocado & lime; tomatoes, chilies, Russet apple, garlic, Taw Valley mature cheddar, parmesan & Little Hapas cowgirl dressing; Little Hapas hapasauce & kimchee; sempkin flower seeds & hazelnuts, wrapped in a fresh tortilla (made in the UK) and grilled. (Read more about our original super food SUPER KORRITO.)

Pizzadilla £3.00
PLAW HATCH: red onions; UK ORGANIC: brown mushrooms, homegrown basil; Little Hapas pizzadilla sauce and fresh mozzarella, Taw Valley cheddar, parmesan, olives, capers & wazelnuts wrapped in a fresh tortilla (made in the UK) and grilled with a crunchy cheddar coating.

Hapaslaw £1.00
PLAW HATCH: black kale, fennel, beetroot, sweet potato, purple cabbage; ORGANIC: red onion, tossed with sempkin flower seeds, Little Hapas cowgrrl dressing, English rapeseed oil, Little Hapas hapasauce and spices.

Bit o’ Crumpet £1.50
Two grilled cheese crumpets (Taw Valley cheddar & parmesan) with hapasauce, cowgrrl dressing and topped with toasted sesame seeds.

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Lewes OctoberFEAST, Harveys and Little Hapas

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Join us for Lewes OctoberFEAST! in the Harveys Brewery backyard on Saturday, 28 September from 12-4pm. It’s a vibrant celebration of the best in street food. There will also be live music with Starfish and Ouse Samba. And then there’s the Harveys Hop Bar, featuring some of the best ales in the world. How can you say no to that combination? Well, you just can’t.

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It is our humble opinion (and experience), that anything Little Hapas goes perfectly with anything Harveys, so whatever you have on the day will wash down nicely with something from the Harveys Hop Bar. In fact, we like the combo so much, Little Hapas’ menu will include our original, delicious korritos featuring hapasauce made with Harveys Blue Label Best Sussex Pale Ale; pizzadillas, hapaslaw and a special “Rarebit O’ Crumpet” made with Harveys Blue Label and hapasauce. Come and taste for yourself.

Lewes also has some fantastic independent shops, a castle, beautiful gardens and more history than you can shake a stick at. Hop the train, have a bite, a wander, a couple pints and make an afternoon of it!

Little Hapas Rarebit O’ Crumpet
featuring Harveys Blue Label (Best Sussex Pale Ale)

25g flour
25g butter
black pepper
Make a roux and cook on low heat for a few minutes.

Mix together, then whisk into roux:
125ml of Harveys Blue Label (Best Sussex Pale Ale)
1 tsp dried wasabi (or fresh)
1 T hapasauce
1 tsp Sriracha chili paste
1 tsp rice wine vinegar

Slowly stir in to melt:
125g grated aged cheddar
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds

Take off heat and be as greedy as you like with the portions! Grill on toast for a more traditional rarebit, or for Little Hapas “Rarebit O’ Crumpet,” grill crumpets on both sides, then add 1 tsp of hapasauce to the top of each crumpet, as much rarebit as you like, top with toasted sesame seeds and grill.

hapasauce + The Market Square = <3

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Little Hapas hapasauce is now available at the hippest shop in East Grinstead! The Market Square Food & Wine, located at 30-32 High Street, has a great deli counter, bakery and a fantastic selection of wines, local ales, spirits and all kinds of other food stuffs from around the globe — a perfect match for our world fusion street food in a bottle. Pop down on a Saturday for free wine and food tastings . . . and grab a bottle of hapasauce while you’re at it!

Superfood? SUPER KORRITO!!

600x600superK2If I admitted that my evening fallback channel was the Food Network it wouldn’t be that big of a no no, would it? I am, after all in the biz. Don’t get me wrong, nothing could ever come close to BBC for food programming (Two Greedy Italians, Great British Bake-Off, Rick Stein, Masterchef, Nigel Slater), but when they’re not on I do admit to turning the sound down and watching those loud-mouthed, down-and-dirty man-food shows. My tastes have changed in the eight years I’ve lived in England (on many levels), but my mouth does still water when I see a huge plate of buttermilk biscuits, hash browns and a typically-American 800-egg omelet oozing with cheese . . . then I quickly become disgusted with the waste and sheer gluttony of it all. Honestly, who needs that much fat, fluff and grease? No one.

But “need” and “crave” are two different beasts.  What we need is sustenance. And what we often crave, is way too much of the stuff that should be left to moderation.

I’ve mentioned the Little Hapas korrito a few times now. I can’t help it. It has become our best seller and, quite frankly, one of my favourite meals. Several of our Wood Street lunch crowd even admitted being “addicted” to them. In today’s fast food culture, this might infer there are some not-so-healthy ingredients that keep us coming back for more. Au contraire! Turns out super fresh, super healthy superfood can cause cravings too.

Here’s what’s in our korrito: “Korean refried beans, cheese, rice (barley, brown, Korean short grain and basmati), wazelnuts, sempkinflower seeds, pikorea-de-gallo (fresh tomato salsa with a kimchee twist), avocado, hapasauce and cowgrrl dressing wrapped in a flour tortilla and grilled to crunchy perfection!”

And of those ingredients, here are the superfoods: beans, barley, brown rice, wazelnuts, sempkinflower seeds, tomatoes, onions, lime, peppers, kimchee (cabbage, onions, chili, garlic, ginger) and avocado. Uh, did anyone else notice that’s nearly the whole shebang? We don’t go crazy on the cheese (British mature cheddar and Italian), but there’s enough to get the point across, and the way we grill korritos doesn’t involve one drop of oil, so the fat content is minimal. That kinda makes it really healthy, right?

You decide. Here’s a breakdown of the SUPERFOODS in our SUPER KORRITO:

superfoodsAvocado. I’m starting with the avocado because it plays such an integral role in boosting the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from these other superfoods. One of the most nutrient-dense foods high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, avocados help fight diabetes, lower cholesterol and fight cancer. Plus, if you’re from the East end of London and want avocado in  something, all you have to say is, “Avo-cado in it, innit,” and everyone will understand.

Beans contain protein, soluble fiber, amino acids and a host of other vitamins and minerals. Combining beans with grains, such as brown rice or barley creates a complete protein (a high quality substitute for meat). As well as maintaining blood sugar levels (due to the soluble fiber), the other amazing benefits include lowering cholesterol, aiding in the prevention of some cancers and creating some of the most interesting body music ever recorded.

Tomatoes are naturally low in calories, sodium and cholesterol, rich in vitamins and minerals and, when eaten regularly (fresh, tinned, dried or as paste, sauce or even ketsup), help fight aging by protecting us from UV rays – thanks to their richness in beta-carotene and lycopene. BTW, lycopene (a powerful antioxidant found in very few other foods), has been known to fight several forms of cancer. OMG Beckay, that makes tomatoes a SUPER superfood!

Limes. We squeeze lime juice on our pi-korea-degallo. Not only does this give everything a little kick up the jacksie, it imparts an extra superfood round kick to our korrito. A huge source of Vitamin C, limes improve cardiovascular health, eye and skin care and its oils aid in digestion.

Brown Rice is a low-allergen food and can help lower blood sugar levels and aid in weight loss. It is rich in manganese, selenium, fiber and antioxidants – benefiting the nervous system, preventing arthritis and heart disease and reducing inflammation.

Garlic is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that protects against heart disease, lowering cholesterol and reducing blood pressure. It has been cultivated for thousands of years for its medicinal qualities in treating arthritis, immune disorders, cataracts, cancer, strokes and aging. Can you honestly imagine life without it!? (I know a certain Auntie who could. Oi vey, the problems with vampires she’s had.)

Pears and apples. I’m putting these two together because they’re intermittently included in our pi-korea-degallo, depending on availability. They lend a sweet, crunchy element to this condiment. If I had access to Korean (or Asian) pears, they would be listed, but as I don’t, let me just say that both pears and apples have superfood qualities. They are both high in antioxidants, fiber and Vitamin C and surprise surprise, reduce the risk of cancer and diabetes as well as lower cholesterol.

Onions. I say “Onions,” and immediately think of my grandfather. He was crazy about them. Being a doctor, he also knew about their health benefits and pushed them on us any chance he got. It must have worked because I love them. Onions lower cholesterol and blood pressure and can reduce the risk of heart disease by 20%. Regular consumption has been linked to reducing the risk of colon cancer as well as esophageal, brain, lung and stomach cancers. They are also a powerful anti-inflammatory and a high source of fiber. And if you’re trying to find a way to convince your S.O. that you need that new Waring commercial food processor, nothing says, “Sad and crying” like a huge pile of freshly-chopped onions.

Wazelnuts: The wazelnut grows in the deep forests of the outer ring of the Inner Wazelia Upperhinterland. Nah. I’m pulling your proverbial. The wazelnut is a mixture of chopped walnuts and hazelnuts. Although walnuts are considered the “flagship” of nut superfoods for their amazing source of plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids, all nuts are basically good for you. Did you know that eating a handful of nuts five times a week will reduce your chances of a heart attack by 15-51%? And did I mention they’re high in protein, fiber and a host of countless other vitamins and minerals? Well they are. They also reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer and a host of other chronic ailments.  That sounds pretty super to me.

Sempkinflower Seeds: The sempkinflower blooms every 27 years when the moon crosses over the Outer Sempklonian hemosphere backwards, casting its shadow on the 10,000,000 year old sempkinflower tree known to the locals as “Bob.” Pull the other one! Sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are all superfoods. They are high in proteins and essential fatty acids, potassium, calcium and a whole load of other vitamins and minerals.

Chilis and Peppers: Besides improving circulation, digestion and a more efficient immune system, they can also enhance weight loss. Cor blimey! If that ain’t a reason to eat ’em, what is!? A hot chili also rocks the capsaicin, which has the ability to fight inflammation, prevent heart disease, alleviate arthritis pain, lower blood pressure, and improve circulation.

kimcheeKimchee. For those who don’t know what this ancient Korean staple superfood of fermented cabbage is, all I can say is, “장난하냐?” Are you kidding me!? Kimchee rocks the planet of superfood superheros. Little Hapas makes our own kimchee (featured in our pi-korea-degallo), and though we’ve calmed it down a bit on the chili content (for this side of the pond), it still packs a superfood punch. Loaded with lactobacilli (the same healthy bacteria in yoghurt), and fiber, it not only aids in digestion and kicks cancer in the butt, but has been garnered with the title of one of the “World’s Healthiest Foods.” Did you think Little Hapas could make a korrito without kimchee!? Nope.

So there it is, our SUPER KORRITO. Whether you need one or crave one, get one. Your taste buds and the rest of your body won’t be disappointed.

East Meets West.

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Class! Pay attention. What does Little Hapas do? That’s right, we mix things up!  And how do we do that!? We take one part East and one part West and fold it neatly into a fluffy flour tortilla, that’s how. So, how perfect would it be if we told you that we’ve only gone and partnered up with our wonderful East Grinstead Town Council to sit on the Meridian Line at East Court Mansion – the very place where East meets West! How cool is that?

eastwestCome and be a hapa yourself! Stand at the Millennium Stone and put one foot in the East and one in the West, then grab a korrito and a cookie sandwich and enjoy the sweeping views of the Ashdown Forest while you enjoy Little Hapas world fusion street food. There’s a great adventure playground down by the football fields and another at the top end. Tennis courts, woodland walks and gorgeous grounds. Make a day of it!

eastcourtviewWe’ll be there this Bank Holiday Monday (27 May 2013), 11:30am-3:30pm. Then on 2 June, we’ll start Summer Sundays off with a bang! We’ll also be at East Court for some very special events throughout the summer. Check back for weekly updates.

“I’ve been dreaming about my korrito all week long!”

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The Little Hapas korrito. We coined it. We created it. Sure, there are countless other Korean-fusion burritos in the world — particularly in the US.  Most include the insanely addictive marinated and barbecued bulgogi (beef), galbigogi (pork ribs) or dak galbi (chicken). Little Hapas doesn’t do meat, but as our head hapa, I grew up with the stuff and can say I never met a barbecued anything I didn’t like — especially if it was marinated in the special Korean sauce my Auntie taught my mother to make some 50 years ago.

hapasauceI’ve played with that recipe for a few decades now and finally came up with something we now call hapasauce. I wanted it to taste like Korean barbecue straight out of the bottle. It is the cornerstone of Little Hapas’ korrito. We use it in our Korean refried beans with ginger, onions, garlic and a few other taste treats, then add steamed rice (three different rices and barley), cheese, sempkin flower seeds, wazelnuts, avocado, Little Hapas cowgrrl dressing and more hapasauce . . . .littlehapas KIMCHEE But wait, I’m forgetting something. You can’t have Korean without KIMCHEE! It’s the super spicy, super stinky superfood synonymous with Korea. And we make our own! Then we chop it up and add it to fresh ripe tomatoes, green onions, pear (or apple), pepper, cilantro littlehapas piKOREAdegallo(coriander), lime and a few other seasonings, then cold smoke it with hickory. We call it pi-Korea-de-gallo. Mmm hmm. That’s how we roll. All fusiony like that. And it goes right in the middle of our korrito.  Then we wrap it all up in a fresh tortilla and grill that bad grrl crispy on the outside and hot and melty on the inside — just enough to keep the pi-Korea-de-gallo and avocado fresh. “I’ve been dreaming about my korrito all week.” This from one of our loyal lunchtime customers. I think this just might catch on.

St. Patrick’s Rocketship hapameals

Haven’t seen little hapas on the streets lately? Well that’s because we’ve been very busy in our test kitchen, creating interplanetary goodies for hungry lunch meeters, street gobblers and biscuit dunkers! Our latest offering is quite literally out of this world and something St. Patty would be proud of. (Well that’s what the members of the luncheon party said anyway.)

St. Patrick’s Rocketship hapameals

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colcannonball chowder with rocket launchers

rocket-powered colcannonball chowder: This is colcannon with a kick! We only went and chowderized it. Fluffy baked potato and crispy potato skin pieces mixed into a new potato, sautéed cavolo nero (black kale), leek and onion chowder and topped with a garlicky, cheesy, sempkin flower seed, rocket pesto. There were 14 kinds of happy jigs danced after this little tummy warmer went down!

rocket launchers: rocket pesto & parmesan baked tortilla crisp bread — on their own or piled on top of your colcannonball chowder. O.M.G. Beckay!

hapaslaw: cabbage, carrots, mangetout, green onions, sempkin flower seeds, *cowgrrl dressing & **hapasauce. What’s a St. Patty’s Day without cabbage?

oh my guinness! moonpies

oh my guinness! moonpies

o’ my guinness! moonpies: a gooey marshmallow and vanilla white chocolate pillow, group-hugged by two chocolate coconut oh my Guinness! graham-cakey-cookies. What the-!? We don’t need to say anything more about this. Have one with a glass of milk, a cuppa or, heck, even a Guinness!

If you have a meeting coming up and want a lunch that will wake everyone up, call round for a céilí! We’ll create a menu just for you.

*rocket pesto, rocket launchers & cowgrrl dressing contain dairy. **hapasauce contains soy and sesame.

cowgrrl hapameals saddle up in Surrey. YEE HAW!

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little hapas just wrangled up hapameals for 32 hungry cowgrrls in Redhill. Yes-Surrey, we shore did cook up a storm! Here’s what was on the menu:
veggie cowgrrl chili: Kidney beans, black beans, chick peas, toasted barley and bulgar wheat in a medium-spiced, smokey, chilli-tomato and fresh pureéd vegetable base; topped with melted cheese.
crunch-a-dillas: little hapas cheese-pizzadilla baked tortilla crisp bread — a great combo with cowgirl chili!
hapaslaw: Cabbage, carrots, mangetout, green onions, sempkin flower seeds, *cowgrrl dressing & **hapasauce.
s’morewich: Lightly-smoked, toasted marshmallow/white chocolate butter-cream filling sandwiched between two Graham cracker chocolate chip cookies. So dern good, you’ll be wantin’ s’more!

*chili, crunch-a-dillass & cowgrrl dressing contain dairy. **hapasauce contains soy and sesame.

Right now, we’re busy creating a St. Patrick’s Day hapameal that’ll bless the little cotton socks off a whole heapin’ mess a hungry meetin’ folk in March. If you want us to rustle up some grub for your next lunch meeting, why just give us a hollar! We’ll be happy to come up with sumpin’ spaycial for ya. Ya’ll come back now, y’hear?

Hapa New Year!

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lishreditzttle hapas is off to a great start in 2013!  We rolled up next to the park on Imberhorne Lane in East Grinstead (9-11 January), and had a great time meeting dog walkers, lunch breakers and incredibly polite and friendly students. There were loads of samples of pizzadillas, korritos, cookie sandwiches, hapacorn and our new snack, shred-itz surf mix. Oh yeah, and our lunch specials went down a treat too.

mushadishWe now offer a fresh, healthy 5-a-day-crudite w/cowgrrl dressing to accompany your pizzadilla, or just as a snack. As little hapas likes to mix it up (and eating your vegetables should be fun), each bag holds a little surprise – a hand-carved radish! OK, so a radish carved into a mushroom won’t solve the world’s problems, but like our colourful little MegaVan, it might just put a smile on your face, so we’re halfway there.

Now, one little thing that may not put a smile on your face . . . some of you might have wondered why little hapas was only on Imberhorne Lane for a few minutes of our debut TGI-Korrito-Friday. Well, one greedy little trickster who went by the name of “Derek” phoned, impersonating an official and threatened to “move us on.” We obliged, but very shortly thereafter spoke with real officials who said we have every right to be there and “Officer Derek” is as invisible as his cowardly private phone number.

We don’t like bullies. But we do like making fresh, delicious, innovative food and sharing it with the friendly folks on Imberhorne Lane. So look for little hapas again this week! Imberhorne Lane, East Grinstead • Thur-Fri, 17-18 Jan • 12:30-3:30. Check our MENU for LUNCH SPECIALS.

Pssst . . . England, we’ve got two American classics – hapa stylee.

Peanut butter cookie. Oatmeal raisin cookie. Ever had one outside of the US? We haven’t seen any in the UK! Which is why little hapas is bringing these American classics to Sussex. One, because we miss them. Two, because we know you’re going to love them!

Speaking of two . . . we couldn’t just offer you one cookie. We had to make a treat worthy of the British sweet tooth. So we developed a rich, creamy vanilla-pod-white-chocolate-butter-cream filling – then sandwiched it with TWO of our chewy, crunchy hapalicious cookies. If you’re too full from your monster korrito, put a cookie sandwich in your bag for later! They’re sealed for freshness.

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Cookie Sandwich:
Two chewy American-style peanut butter cookies with our rich, creamy vanilla-pod-white-chocolate-butter-cream and peanut butter filling. We realise most Brits may not be too familiar with the American tradition of mixing peanut butter with something sweet, but you have to trust us. We haven’t met anyone yet who hasn’t gone gaga over this!

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Cookie Sandwich:
Nestled between two oatmeal raisin (& apple) cookies lies our thick rich, creamy vanilla-pod-white-chocolate-butter-cream filling . . . with just a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. This compliments our own blend of freshly ground pumpkin-spice mix within the cookies. If you can get that far without devouring it, run home, put the kettle on and get cosy while you eat this. You’ll probably need a nap. This is comfort food at its finest.