Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival, in association with Lee Kum Kee Sauces

 

We went to the Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival sponsored by Lee Kum Kee Sauces, celebrating all the good things about Hong Kong including its food heritage, a combination of British influence and being a port city, so one with great access to seafood.

 

We got to watch celebrity chefs Ching-He Huang and Ken Hom demonstrate how to make Zongzi, little rice steamed dumplings stuffed with various goodies, including tiny dried shrimp, salted egg yolk and dried sausage. You have to construct a pocket out of leaves, fill it with steamed rice and your chosen filling and then hang it off a bamboo pole to steam. Its actually trickier than it looks to construct the pocket, as our friend Jess from Jess Eating East found out when she bravely volunteered to give it a go! Ching did it so fast it looked easy, guess like everything else it gets better with practice. We sampled afterwards and unless you happened to get the bit filled with goodies I found the glutinous rice itself a bit dull. Until I added some of the Lee Kum Kee chilli oil and XO sauce to it, you could put those things on a flip flop and it would taste good!

 

Luckily for us food is pretty tangible (!) so we then tasted a variety of dim sum made by the Chinese Cricket Club, the restaurant onsite at the Crown Plaza. I love that dim sum means “to touch the heart lightly”, so poetic, although the amount of dim sum I ate practically meant that it was touching my heart in reality!  My favourite was the chicken siu mai, chicken, shitake mushrooms and spring onions, enveloped in a thin sheet of dough and steamed. J’s was the dessert of Sago in Mango Milk, which he said was a Far Eastern version of falooda (think bubble tea pearls in an alphonso mango milk). I’m not sure if I would be able to replicate the delicate dim sum we got served but the bag of Lee Kum Kee sauces we got to take home would definitely encourage me to try and branch out from my usual stir fry to something a little more adventurous.

 

And who knows now that BA are doing direct flights to Hong Kong maybe we might get to check out their food scene on the ground. I think that might inspire me even more!

 

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Thank you to Tom and Carrie at LKK Europe for the invite, and it was great meeting fellow food bloggers Tom, Jess, James, Mark, Seetal, Neil, Sandra, and another James and Jess!

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About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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