Over the moon at Golden Dragon restaurant

Over the moon at Golden Dragon restaurantChennai:  Moonlight and good food are inseparable for mankind. The Chinese worship the moon celebrating their harvest festival, also called Moon Festival, says a senior chef at a star hotel here.

And there is nothing like hearing a heroic-cum-romantic story linked to the moon while having good food, Radi Prakash. S, sous chef at the Golden Dragon restaurant at the Taj Coromandel Hotel added serving the roasted pumpkin fish soup.

By this time, the taster’s portions of appetisers arrived.

The soft smoked baked duck with ginger scallion sauce, stuffed lotus root with jasmine infused honey, chilly and vinegar, melon, smoked cheese and pomelo salad with sesame dressing should be tried out.

The crisp aromatic chicken with crepes and plum sauce, crispy kola cassia dumplings, cream and quinoa and chicken dim sum too tasted good.

“The other trend that would happen is degustation – serving various dishes in small portions. This way a chef can showcase his culinary expertise. Nowadays guests are interested in tasting different dishes than going for one big meal,” Prakash said while serving the main course.

Prakash said Golden Dragon would soon launch its new menu that would include novel items like mock shark fin – a vegetarian dish – Chinese herb soup and more.

The braised duck with sweet potato, Chinese wine served with sticky rice, charred pear and mushrooms in chilly bean sauce or wok fried potato with walnut and lotus stem are recommended. These can be accompanied by stir-fried jasmine rice with basil and soya or wok-tossed soya noodles.

The desserts – red bean moon cake and avocado and kaffir lime ice-cream with sweet sago pearls – are yummy.

The Moon Festival began Sep 12 and will run till Sunday.

A dinner for two would cost around Rs.3,500 (without alcohol).

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