Delivering the culinary essence of the Tang Dynasty in sophisticated, contemporary fashion, Chineseology has opened at Hong Kong’s IFC Mall.
You might not know this, but the Tang Dynasty, which ruled China from 618 to 907 AD, heralded an era regarded as the Middle Kingdom’s Golden Age, especially when it came to Chinese cuisine. The gastronomic legacy of the period was framed around four pillars: artistic presentation; seasonality; a focus on the sociality of dining; and elements of traditional art. Now you can take a step back in time with the opening of Tang Dynasty-inspired restaurant Chineseology at Hong Kong’s IFC Mall.
Helmed by Culinary Director Saito Chau, the newest opening by Mira Dining will present four-hand dinners, exquisite beverage pairings, private catering and seasonal offerings, as well as a fully immersive and memorable dining experience that’s delivered in a dining room that boasts panoramic harbour views and interiors that echo the exotic Garden of Eden and beautifully landscaped oriental gardens.
With over 24 years of culinary experience that includes head chef roles at John Anthony, Dim Sum Library, and Hutong, Chef Saito Chau will showcase his talents through tasting menus that offer diners an extended experience of all the quintessential flavors in one sitting. Key among the restaurant’s menus will be the “Flavors of Life” Degustation Menu, which showcases the Chineseology philosophy and a remarkable variety of intricate to innovative dishes – think lobster with crab meat, egg white custard and young coconut; Oolong tea-smoked chicken with Osmanthus; and preserved plum mousse with cherry dressing.
Additional chef-recommended a la carte signatures include sweet and sour pork with aged tangerine peel and Pineapple; and delectable dim sum choices ranging from roasted goose puff with mushroom and cherry sauce; sea cucumber dumpling; and Hokkaido Kombu pork dumpling.
Alcohol was a favorite pastime especially amongst poets during the Tang dynasty and adding a contemporary flair to the new eatery, Chineseology will also pay tribute to the ancient wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine with the 16-volume Compendium of Materia Medica, a unique cocktail list by bar manager Fan Tsang that’s laced with Chinese herbology and ingenious recipes.
The four signature libations include Bamboo Punch, which pairs Chu Yeh Ching, a Chinese bamboo-based whisky, with a house five-spice lemongrass cordial; Tietini, made with Tie Guan Yin-infused gin, Lillet Blanc, agave syrup, and tonic water; Chinese Apothecary, with reduced red wine, dried tangerine peel, angelica, chuanxiong and other Chinese herbs; and Thanks Emperor, a blend of mao tai, vodka, and lychee, served in an antique Chinese wine glass.
Chineseology has also collaborated with homegrown brand Fok Hing Gin to distill its own gin with red dates, longan and hawthorn as the main distillation ingredients to create a slightly sweet spirit that’s complementary to many of the restaurant’s signature dishes.
For more Wining & Dining inspiration click here.