Jiang Nan Chun presents Authentic Flavours of Zhejiang Cuisine
Having delighted connoisseurs of Zhejiang cuisine a year ago, Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake Chef Wang Yong returns to Jiang-Nan Chun November 21 to December 1, 2013. A menu of all-time favourites from the award-winning Jin Sha restaurant offers a breadth of dishes steeped in authentic flavours.
An appetiser combination whets the palate with sweet and savoury flavours that are the hallmarks of the cuisine. The platter showcases deep-fried grass carp in sweet soy, dried bamboo shoot, and hazelnut goose liver pâté served with spring onion pancake.
The grass carp is coated with an irresistible sauce which will have you licking your fingers and yearning for more. It is somewhat similar to wuxi spareribs, but replaced with fish. Hazelnut goose liver pâté served with spring onion pancake seems like a east-meet-west dish, and is a delightful combination.
Equally nourishing yet light on the palate, we had the beancurd broth with cod and wild vegetables. Don’t get turned off by the colour. The broth is an amazingly simple and tasty Chinese soup.
While the seafood selections are replete with deep-fried Mandarin fish with orange sauce, and sautéed river shrimps with green pepper in soy sauce, to name a few; the dish that is unanimously favoured is the sautéed river shrimps with “Long Jing” tea. The Mandarin fish is drenched with a slightly sour orange sauce, which is definitely something different from the usual.
There is also sautéed string beans and bamboo shoots with minced pork which is a staple dish.
My favourite is the Noodle Soup with Sliced Pork, Bamboo Shoots and Preserved Vegetables (Pian Er Chuan, 片儿川). Pian Er Chuan is popular Hangzhou noodle loved from century ago, one of Hangzhou people’s favorites. Chef Wang uses a fatter version of the wheat noodles which absorbs the flavours of the tasty soup. There is also refreshing taste of preserved vegetables and sliced bamboo shoots.
If you love the western version of creme brulee, how about trying the chinese version of Long Jing cream pudding. It is a fitting end to a memorable meal. “Authentic Flavours of Zhejiang Cuisine” promotion is available from November 21 to December 1, 2013.
Jiang Nan Chun
Address: 2F, Four Seasons Hotel, 190 Orchard Boulevard
Tel: 6831 7220