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Chinese New Year Joy

Submitted by on January 27, 2012 – 3:19 pmNo Comment

2012 seems so much more promising and filled with potential now I’ve viewed it through the eyes of Chinese New Year and my stomach has experienced it through the marvellous cuisine of a traditional Cantonese banquet.

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Kam Fook in Bondi Junction invited distinguished bloggers – and me! – to sample a dining experience inspired by the changeover into the Year of the Dragon.

The dragon holds special significance in Chinese culture, bringing good luck to everyone.
Taking a look at the banquet menu certainly made me feel lucky. To be alive. To be here. Eating the best of the earth, sea and sky.

I regularly venture out of my way to feast on Kam Fook’s yum cha, but I was a novice with regards to their night time dining experience. I wasn’t left in the dark for long.

Our party of eight started with suckling pig, again a symbol of good luck and ‘moving forward’ because pigs plough forth with snout to the ground, no doubt sniffing out life’s great delicacies and opportunities.

Accompanying the crackling-topped delicate pork was jellyfish, the world’s oldest multi-organ animal, having been around for more than 500 million years. Thankfully, my portion tasted considerably younger and fresher. And it was good to get one back on a species that has stung humankind often enough.

More bounty from the deep followed in the form of snow crab with ginger and shallots. A visual treat of gold and red, the dish was designed to replicate the gold and red ornaments that adorn homes during the Chinese New Year. Cracking the bones, coaxing out the meat, mouth tingling with the tangy taste of ginger, it was a blissful dish in keeping with its gold medal status.

Up next was a mixed seafood soup consisting of marine treats that represented liveliness and happiness, good luck and prosperity. The mix of prawn, fish and abalone was slurpingly good and it even lifted a cog with the addition of a Cantonese red wine vinegar.

The beating of drums signalled the delivery of the banquet highlight – whole BBQ goose. I was surprised. That goose was cooked to perfection – the skin was crispy and the meat itself was perfect, not oily like duck can be and not dry like poorly cooked turkey is. This was a stunning dish with tastebuds tickled by a variety of spices.

The drums grew progressively louder and applause erupted as the whole restaurant embraced the Lion Dance, performed expertly by a colourful, shaggy and spirited dancing lion in a ceremony designed to scare away evil spirits and summon luck and fortune.

Tail perpetually wagging, the Lion shook its moneymaker at every table, accepting gifts while dispensing joy. His cavernous mouth enveloped a bottle of red wine at our table. When it was returned moments later, an empty glass nearby was suddenly full.

More magic followed as we coaxed our host into allowing us to visit the kitchen. The passion and skill was obvious at every station. A whole BBQ chicken was whipped into multiple portions in mere seconds by mesmerising cleaver work.

It was that sort of night, that sort of unique experience…rounded off with more classic cuisine, including special fried rice in lotus leaf, stewed egg noodles and abalone sauce and a special roast chicken that even bursting stomachs had to sample and savour.

The dragon is the mightiest sign in the zodiac, associated with power and wisdom. Having ingested an array of treats associated with this apex icon, I’m confident that power and wisdom will rub off on me and spur me on to a stellar 2012.

Thank you Chinese New Year. Gong Hey Fat Choy.

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