In the kitchen with Muku, ETLES - the first lady in London to open a restaurant doing Uyghur food. Here she is with her husband showing you the real #noodlepulls.
Roots: "I was born in Yili, Xinjiang province. I learned how to cook from my mother so all of my recipes are from her. In our culture, mothers tend to teach their daughters how to cook and help out around the house from an early age. Therefore, I naturally grew up with an interest in cooking. My husband actually wasn’t too experienced in cooking but learned to do so after we opened the restaurant and he’s gotten very good at it!"
Routes: "I moved to London in 2017 to open a restaurant. A few years before that we were in Manchester. My husband graduated from petroleum engineering and used to run an electronic appliances business whereas I studied Turkish literature and have obtained a masters. We wanted to do something different".
Fruits: "I wanted to open an Uyghur restaurant to introduce not just the food but the culture to London. No one was doing it. We're redesigning our menu to help tell this and want to do events in the near future that will also help people learn about the culture. Favourite dish: leghman, which is handmade and hand pulled noodles topped with vegetables and meat (one of the most classic Uyghur dishes)".