Hokkaido Charcoal Grill 石庭

Hokkaido charcoal grill, fantastic. Best mid-high end restaurant meal yet. 石庭 in Xiamen City, the bottle of sake sure it it all the more enjoyable too. And yes, the chefs kneel on platforms to do their work. I was invited to dine with the factory manager in-waiting, the son of the current manager, whom I…

Today’s Ayi lunch

Today’s Ayi lunch served up:braised pork hock with chicken egg, Amaranth greens or aka Pig Weed, steamed fish drenched in oil, ginger and scallions. Pork ribs and Daikon/turnip soup. Note to self: run chopstick on surface of pork skin to detect unsighted pig hair stubbles. It really is unpleasant to discover stubbles jabbing my gums…

Burst of Colour

Aww. What a lovely way to end my week, just what I needed, a burst of colour and visual inspiration! Especially after 3 days od heavy grey fog. The hotel just delivered some fresh local fruits, along with a beautiful orchid bloom.

Grilled Oysters

Xiamen has great oysters and the common way to serve them is one of the best I’ve had. Steamed or grilled, then topped with  minced ginger, garlic, scallions, and salt, flash sauteed in oil.