Sichuan cuisine is widely known to leave a spicy and numbing sensation on the palate. It can sometimes be a little too strong for diners unacquainted to the taste, leaving the option for more palatable easily accepted foods open. However, Si Chuan Dou Hua aims to revitalise and re-evaluate that impression by introducing The Petites Selection – a collection of over 30 tapas Sichuan offerings that go beyond the spicy. A well thought of introduction into the world of Sichuan cuisine.
Performers entertaining the crowd at Si Chuan Dou Hua UOB Plaza’s The Petites Selection media session
Executive Sichuan Chef Zeng Feng is one of three master chefs behind the 30 culinary delights. He, together with Chef Peter Tsang, and Chef Leung Wing Chung crafted the menu to proudly showcase the diverse flavours of Sichuan cuisine. Sichuan cuisine is one of four major regional cuisine including Shandong, Cantonese and the Jiangsu culinary style in China. The Petites Selection is available now till the 31st July 2013 at all Si Chuan Dou Hua restaurants. The Wine Pairing Set ($55++) comes with a choice of 5 petites dishes and 2 glasses of wine. Alternatively, there is Tea Pairing with the Imperial High Tea ($30++) with a selection of handcrafted dim sum, premium Chinese tea and 5 Petites dishes to enjoy the afternoon with.
Grilled Eel with Mixed Spices (五香鳗鱼)
One can almost never go wrong with eel. And its absolutely fantastic that this was the first dish I tried when I arrived. The luxurious melt in the mouth texture betrays whatever scent and flavour hidden within, and together with the spices, this makes each portion a delectable bite altogether. Savoury, a little nutty, and a little seafood intensity. Ah, good.
Chilled Sliced Duck Wrapped with Egg Yolk (彩云鸭卷)
This was one of my favourites for the night. The flavours of egg yolk is an excellent complement with the lightly flavoured duck. A touch of creaminess with the robust chewy meaty duck make this an enticing dish to start any meal.
Pacific Scallop in Chilli Oil (红油扇贝)
For those looking for a little spicy and seafood rich flavours, there is the Pacific Scallop in Chilli Oil to enjoy. Though I do admit that the oil might make some a little apprehensive towards appreciating the entire flavour of the dish.
Scallop in Chilli and Sichuan Pepper Sauce (椒麻带子)
Jelly Fish in Sour and Spicy Sauce (酸辣海蜇)
I did not really go for this dish as while I am a fan of Jelly Fish, the flavours that stood out here bordered pungency and smoky fragrances. Still, some may enjoy it as they look forward to zesty tastes in each crunchy bite.
Spinach with Ginger Sauce (姜汁菠菜)
Honey Glazed Pork Rib (蜜汁排骨)
Shredded Chicken in Exotic Sichuan Sauce (怪味鸡丝)
Chilled Sliced Radish Wrapped with Sliced Carrot (珊瑚雪卷)
Another delicious offering is the Chilled Sliced Radish Wrapped with Sliced Carrot. The blend of sugar and vinegar is well pronounced in this dish, and it also offers an exquisite bite and crunch with each serving. Reminded me a little of achar, and a refreshing appetizer as a whole.
Chilled Mini Tomato (小蕃茄)
This is one of my favourites! The chilled mini tomatoes had their skins off, with each piece well soaked in sugared vinegar. Take a bite and let the juicy flavour of tomato and sour sweetness burst forth. Impressive, I had like 3-4 servings.
Mini Pan-fried Pancake with Crispy Floss (迷你黄金饼)
Crispy Sesame Glutinous Rice Ball (酥炸麻元)
It was surely an interesting experience exploring the different branches of Sichuan cuisine. And though I did not get to try all 30 varieties during the media dinner, I’m sure this will be one more added variety for those looking for a meal experience that is slightly and uniquely different. The portions featured in this article are just bite sized portions and The Petites Selection are 4-5 times bigger. An interesting offering from Si Chuan Dou Hua into the world of Sichuan cuisine that just goes beyond the spicy in portions just enough to tickle the tastebuds!
Thank You Si Chuan Dou Hua for the invitation
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