A continuation from the previous post.
On Sunday, lunch was here.
I got his cookbook for Christmas and was drooling over a pork belly (kakuni) dish on congee ever since. According to the cookbook, the pork belly takes 22 hours to process and prepare (Wow!) We decided to go for lunch (there were lunch sets that seemed reasonably priced, not as expensive (more on that later), less crowded, and time to digest).
The place setting.
The plastic chopstick at the top of the picture reminded me of miniature lightsabers (sorry, the geek slipped out).
The pictures I saw of the pork belly was a slab/block of pork belly on congee (rice gruel) with pork jus. Server tells us that’s the appetizer dish. The lunch set is shredded pork belly over rice. Asked if I could substitute the congee for rice. Can, but not recommended. Hmm. Not exactly what I had in mind, but okay. Asked for sample of the congee though.
Kakuni Lunch Set
Rice, shredded cabbage, shredded pork belly, crispy stuff on top, and jus on the bottom (I guess for presentation purposes). Not bad. The shredded pork belly was similar to kalua pork or pulled pork. The rest of the lunch set.
Mixed Green Salad with Kabosu Vinaigrette
Had to ask what kabosu was. It’s a citrus fruit with a taste similar to grapefruit. Very interesting.
Very fresh. Yum! Selection changes according to availability.
Made from sushi rice and lightly salted. One of the best “plain” congee I had. Ever.
The server was wrong. I would highly recommend substituting the rice for congee, even under the shredded pork belly. Drool.
The Cat ordered the sashimi sushi combination with shrimp and vegetable tempura, and rice.
Sashim Sushi Combination Lunch Set
Sashimi Sushi Combination
Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura
The Cat liked her selection.
Up to now, a definite return. But then tea and dessert kind of crimped the experience.
We thought tea would come with the meal.
It wasn’t. Pretty pricey. :( The cup and saucer were nice though.
The Cat thought since we were here, try dessert.
peanut butter fondant – milk chocolate crèmeux, peanut dragée, salted peanut ice cream
It was okay.
For the amount spent on tea and dessert, I could have ordered another lunch set. I would have preferred to order another lunch set. That okay, live and learn, next time.
For next time I plan to order the kakuni as an appetizer with the block of pork belly over congee, no tea (hot water) or dessert.
I brought my cookbook just on the chance that chef is in town and could autograph it for me. Alas, it was not to be. More reason to return. :)
Enjoy. Eat well.
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