Posts Tagged ‘restaurant’

Imperial Food in Beijing

In China on November 9, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Behold the imperial version of  traditional Chinese dishes at Ge Ge Fu: a Manchurian restaurant set in an authentic ancient mansion allowing you to genuinely walk back in time, specifically, the Qing Dynasty.


At Ge Ge Fu (translated to ‘Home of the Princess Dowager’), food does not play the key role. It’s is the rare experience that they provide.

With waiters dressed in traditional Royal servants’ costumes, and even addressing you as a Princess, you really might just feel like a royalty. It is inevitable to feel like you’re walking straight into a tourist trap (at least I did!), but the all-Chinese menu and Chinese-speaking Manager and servers assure you a true Chinese indulgence. Don’t fret – bring a phrasebook along, and you’ll do just fine.

Before the meal, you even get a tour of the ancient mansion, where you can explore the ancient study room and living area. They are fully furnished with antique porcelain and ivory furniture, retaining the way they looked centuries ago. There are also traditional dance performances and acrobatics right in the eating hall.

Traditional dance in the courtyard

The restaurant’s specialty is its hot pot. With a huge variety of different soups and sauces to choose from, I’d highly recommend the duck soup and snake soup. Steamy, sour yet rich, and definitely a refreshing taste of Imperial cuisine. Match that with some cold vegetables such as pickled cabbage, and rice, you would get a satisfying and unique meal. Of course, with such a unique setting and extravagant cuisine, all these come with a price. A 3-course meal that comes with vegetables and steaming hot pot, costs 200RMB per person.

Hotpot and dumpling

Ge Ge Fu Restaurant

9 Daqudeng Hutong, Meishuguan Houdajie,
Open 11:30am-1:30pm; 5pm-10pm

Tel: +86 10 6407-8006

My original article was posted on Things You Should Do.


Venetian Bites

In Italy, Quick & Easy on November 2, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Cichetti by the Calli

Eating Italian – pizzas, pastas and lasagnas. Few actually know that eating Venetian, however, is a trickier affair. Cichetti (pronounced as chee-ket-tee) is Venice’s answer to tapas – small portions of appetizing snacks that tickle your taste buds seductively.

Cichetti usually comes in an assortment of cubed octopus, small sarde in saór (fried sardines) and marinated anchovies. The result: a rare flavour of fresh lemony seafood in its simplicity. It literally tastes of Venice.

Where to Find the Best:  There are tons of restaurants in Venice that serve up tantalizing cichetti. Cantine del Vino gia Schiavi in the Dorsoduro district reinvents cichetti. Slurp your ombra (small glass of wine) while biting on these petite canapes on one of those slow and lazy Sunday afternoons. Oh, it gets crowded on some days. Fret not, bring the feast onto the staccato footsteps – watch as a gondola slowly rows by. Or why not turn your feast into a picnic and munch your cichetti onboard a Venice gondola ride?

While some cantines serve up seafood cichetti,  small palates of cheese or cured meat also dominate their menus. With luck, you might be chancing upon quality ham that could make you sit up and think.

What’s Next: After some quick bites, head out to Piazza San Marcos for some Spritz to wash down the oil. For most, the Venetian typical aperitif is drank before meals and serves to whet the apetite. It’s a potent concoction of carbonated water, white wine, lemon or olive and usually Campari.

There’s no harm in having the aperitif after meals, though an Italian would probably give you a disapproving look. Who cares, as long as you’re in Venice?

The Best Place for Argentinean Steak

In Argentina, Grill on October 1, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Argentinean steakIt’s not a secret. Argentina has the best steaks in the world. You’re really missing the point if you’re not getting any beef here. So while I was scouring through all the parrilladas in Buenos Aires, I found myself constantly reminiscing that dinner we had at the best Argentinean steakhouse in town.

I’m not exaggerating, La Pérgola de San Telmo comes close to being perfect. Tender sirloin grilled to perfection. Don’t get me started on the wine. Mendoza wines are undoubtedly no. 1 in the country, La Pérgola serves up some excellent ones.

For 40Pesos ($12/8euros), you can savor a  set dinner that includes a steak, a glass of wine and salad.

Sitting on its veranda, you can catch a rather artistic view of Parque Dorrego. At 8.30pm every night, there is a tango performance on the restaurant’s ground floor.

Tango dance

Singapore’s Pride: Chilli Crabs

In Singapore, Spicy Foods on October 1, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Chilli Crabs

Almost everyone I know back home is a foodie. Eating is our religion, it’s almost sacred. We all can agree that there’s really no juicier, tastier or spicier dish in Singapore other than the Chilli Crabs. For those who haven’t subdued to the crabs’ claws, you’re missing out.

On our tiny island, almost everything worth trying is flaming hot and spunky. Trust me, this one will get you hitting the roof. Oh don’t be a baby!

The crab is cooked in a thick lather of chilli and egg gravy, and usually served with deep-fried bread (called mantou in Mandarin). Ask a local, and everyone will agree that the best way to dig in, is with your fingers.

Best Places to try Chilli Crabs in Singapore:

For its recipe, check out Tastebook.com.