Hong Kong | Tea and Dinner Pairing

Friday, February 26, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

25153347702_00ce4a431b_cLast night in Hong Kong, a tea and dinner pairing…

DSC00973…hosted by yú teahouse / 瑜茶舍 and Ngau Saam Gun / 牛三館.

Eight beef-centric courses, each matched with a tea. We moved from cool to warm, light to dark. Started with the greens, alternated whites and oolongs in the middle, and finished with three pu’erhs (one raw, two cooked).

Compare and contrast with other tea pairings:

Dinner started with…

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Magret de Canard

Friday, February 5, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

24422317280_6f30c5799f_bDrinking tea makes me hungry. And because I drink/taste throughout the day for work, I end up snacking a lot. Often cakes and sweets…and duck! I keep duck breasts in the fridge, ready to be cooked in a few minutes. I serve bigger duck breasts for lunch and dinner (and sometimes do a lapsang souchong-crusted version) but these tiny ones (about 1/3 pound) are perfect for snack.

24691578136_cfbd0da880_bIf you’re in NYC, there are three good places to get magret de canard:

  • Dickson’s Farmstand Meats ($12.95/pound)- this is where I get the tiny duck breasts that are 1/3-1/2 pound
  • Eataly ($19.95/pound) – bigger duck breasts, about 3/4-1 pound each
  • Ottomanelli & Sons ($19.95/pound), Bleecker Street location – same size as Eataly
  • D’artagnan ($14.99/pound) – online shop and amazing resource. I’ve spent hours on this website for fun. If they had a store, I’d visit every day. They also have a ton of other duck products. You can get moulard (which is the one you want for this dish) muscovy, peking, and rohan ducks! Heaven.

Here’s how to do it…

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