When I was invited by the General Manager of the Shen Zhen JW Marriott Hotel for a Chinese meal and a tasting menu that would make anyone salivate, I immediately set a date to hop over the border and spend a few nights. Food entices my every move, that and a chance to blog about such local delicatessen is something I would not miss for the world. Colin is one of the nicest GM’s I have met and he runs an impeccable place. A hotel is only as good as their GM and he knows how to run a good team.
The restaurant I ate at is called Man Ho Chinese Restaurant. The main area of the restaurant holds about 120 people with 6 private rooms available for a more secluded and quiet meal. It is a very formal Chinese custom to start with a welcome tea. A guest will always drink the entire cup in one go to be polite.
The first dish served was a lovely marinated arctic clam with celery. What an exquisite dish. The taste was perfectly blended and the taste of the clam was not strong at all. The sesame seeds really did the trick without overpowering the other ingredients. Don’t you just love the colors too?
This next dish was real treat because you don’t find many restaurants who serve it or have it on their menu. What you see here in the two pictures above are marinated cordyceps in aged vinegar sauce. Sounds so simple yet this dish must be done perfectly, and perfectly done it was. I kept wanting more. Colin ended up ordering another plate of the cordyceps and we managed to polish that off too.
The third dish we had was marinated fish in Shanghai style. Shanghainese food is very differently prepared compared to Cantonese cuisine. Shanghai dishes tend to be more flavorful with thicker sauces and usually sweeter marinade.
Can anyone guess what was next on the menu? Colin really went all out and I was very impressed with the presentation and plating techniques during the whole meal. This looks like we had ordered tea right? Well, guess again. This beautiful teapot contained a double boiled soup with assorted wild mushrooms. It was so soothing for the stomach and warm for the soul. I am a big soup person especially good Chinese soup.
I believe this must have been my favorite dish the entire meal. What you see here was truly a dish for the senses. Again so wonderfully presented that I was hesitant to eat it and spoil it. However, I am glad I didn’t skip this because I had eaten so much already. Simmered seasonal vegetable in superior soup topped with crackling rice.
Here are a few more dishes we had:
Kurobuta Pork Loin Marinated with Honey and Barbecued. This is done the traditional Cantonese way. Don’t you love how they put pebbles on the side of the dish? Unexpected but love the idea.
Roasted Crispy Goose – one of my favorites meats
Of course no Cantonese meal is complete without some dim sum dishes. This is the ever popular Steam Shrimp Dumplings. Always served in a steamer.
Baked Barbecue Pork Buns with Snow Custard Topping – so soft and literally melts in your mouth
Traditional Shanghai Steamed Pork Dumplings. Eaten with vinegar. YUM!
Fried Dough Wrapped in Rice Roll
Simmered Seasonal Vegetable in Superior Sauce