Towards the end of the Qing Dynasty, literati spent their time between two Tans—Tan Xin Pei for splendid opera shows and Tan Zong Jun for delicious food. Nowadays, the Tan cuisine can be tasted at Golden Flower at Wynn Macau, with Executive Chef Liu Guo Zhu presenting the most delicate Peking-style dim sum of two Michelin stars to guests.
The imperial Tan cuisine attaches a lot of importance to the ambience. Therefore, Golden Flower is carefully decorated to resemble a royal room by considering the design of Freer Gallery of Art with the decoration of an orchid tree.
Liu had studied the Tan cuisine for over 20 years. He said the cuisine put a lot of focus onto the chef’s slicing techniques, the richness of the broth base and its delicate nature. It was used as the standard style to serve foreign guests, as advocated by former premier Zhou En Lai. Liu had worked in the Beijing Hotel and Grand Hotel Beijing for over 40 years and had cooked for many important guests, such as Deng Xiao Ping and Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
Appetizers included Beijing Roasted Pork, Sweet and Sour Cabbage Roll with Mango in Chili Vinaigrette, Spiced Braised Yellow Croaker and Tossed Jellyfish Head with Vinegar and Garlic. The roasted pork and cabbage are lighter in taste and should be savored first, followed by the fish and jellyfish head. The presentation was just as beautiful as an artwork.
The restaurant has also hired the first tea artist in Macau. A clay teapot of a few decades old was used to brew a blended tea of oolong, chrysanthemum, osmanthus and orchid. Two cups of different heights were provided, in line with the Beijing tradition. Tea was first poured into the tall cup for appreciation of the aroma, and then into the short cup to slightly lower the temperature before sipping.
The refreshing tea goes best with richer food. Recommendations include a Pancake with Spring Onion, Parsley and Sesame, Chives Pastry, and Rice Rolls in XO Sauce.
To put a perfect end to the meal, Liu made stewed Fish Maw with Crab Claw in Supreme Chicken Broth, with ingredients such as chicken, duck, Jinhua ham and scallop, and was served with a special blend of tea at the restaurant.
京花軒 Golden Flower
G/F, Wynn Macau, Rua Cidade de Sintra, NAPE, Porto Exterior, Macau
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