Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Nouvelle Cuisine

This is the tableside preparation of a shaken salad at a place that serves 'new style' Sichuan cuisine. The server came with a tray and a baggie full of chopped cabbage and fruit, then emptied the produce into a tall jar. He then added the other ingredients, introducing each one - salad dressing, strawberry jam, apple jelly, white pepper, other seasonings. He then put the lid on and shook everything together in the jar, and added some croutons at the end. It ended up tasting like a sweetish coleslaw made with Thousand Island. We did eat every morsel of it.

Mashed potatoes (土豆泥 or potato 'mud') should be ordered whenever it appears on a menu; the Chinese versions are fantastic.

We were pretty puzzled on receiving our fish and had to ask the server how to eat it. She explained that the cooked fish was already in the bowl, but we could also nibble on the breaded and fried skeleton. It was one of the best fish dishes I've had here but very numbing/spicy from hot pepper and Sichuan peppercorns.