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The end of January is fast approaching and with it comes another chance to give those New Year’s Resolutions a go when China celebrates its New Year on February 19th. If you’re looking for something a little bit different from a takeaway to bring in the Chinese New Year then why not try a dim sum afternoon tea at Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge?
The dim sum afternoon tea was created by the head chef at Le Chinois who was inspired by the popularity of the traditional afternoon tea. “Why,” thought he, “couldn’t there be a dim sum alternative?”
Sat in the luxurious surroundings of Millenium Hotel’s restaurant you’ll be greeted with a flute of chilled champagne to get the afternoon started in the correct way. But, as with any afternoon tea, the real excitement arrives when the food comes.
Forget sandwiches and tiny pastries, a dim sum afternoon tea will surprise you and put those taste buds of yours into overdrive!
After the bubbles have been drunk it’s time to chill out with some oolong and jasmine tea which is perfectly refreshing and cleanses the palate after all the flavours too.
Your dim sum afternoon tea includes the following dishes:
Minced Chicken wrapped in lettuce,
Crispy scallop rolls (perhaps the coolest looking dish on the menu),
Steamed mince pork dumplings; Siu Mai,
BBQ pork bun Chai Siu Boa,
and for dessert red bean and pandan mochi cake with mango slices,
As I was eating with lots of bloggers we were treated to a couple of extra dishes one of which included the incredibly succulent and tender beef kebabs below:
It was then time to watch as the pros took to work and carved up the duck for our crispy duck pancakes (as far as I’m concerned it’s just not Chinese if there’s no crispy duck!).
The duck was skilfully carved and we learnt how to wrap up the pancakes using chopsticks. If you’re interested in giving it a go yourself then here’s how to do it:
- Begin by laying out the pancake and then draw a lucky ‘8’ onto it with oyster sauce. Prosperity.
- Tilt the plate to one side so it now looks like an infinity sign instead of the 8. Longevity.
- Add finely cut strips of cucumber and spring onion and top with crispy duck skin.
- Fold the top part first, this represents the Northern Hemisphere, and then to the bottom for the Southern Hemisphere. Then fold to the west, leaving the east open.
- Bite the eastern side first for good health.