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15-03-2018

MEI JIANG AT THE PENINSULA BANGKOK PRESENTS A CANTONESE DEGUSTATION MENU CREATED BY HONG KONG-BORN CHEF BALL YAU

Chef Yau’s flair for authentic Cantonese flavours and artistic presentation results in a uniquely personal selection of dishes.

The Peninsula Bangkok is proud to introduce a 16-course Degustation Menu to delight the senses at Mei Jiang. Featuring 16 dishes personally created by the hotel’s new Chinese Cuisine Executive Chef Ball Yau, the menu is the first of its kind for a Chinese restaurant in Thailand. Each handcrafted dish will be presented in a tasting portion, enabling diners to enjoy the expressive range and quality of Chef Yau’s Cantonese cooking. A special tea-pairing option is also offered.

Chef Yau’s Degustation Menu features culinary inspirations from his Hong Kong upbringing; his experiences working with Chinese master chefs in Hong Kong, Beijing, Macau and Shenzhen; and surprise elements from across Asia and around the world. Gourmands who were enamoured by his award-winning gastronomy in Hong Kong and other cities will discover exquisite new creations for the first time, while diners unfamiliar with his culinary style will be delighted by the refined Cantonese flavours and imaginative presentation.

Signature highlights include Pumpkin with homemade preserved plum sauce and Stir-fried Phuket lobster with egg white, crab coral and green asparagus. Guests will also experience exemplary Braised M6 wagyu beef brisket rolls with turnip in beef soup; Sweet and sour crispy carabineros, blending fine Asian and Spanish ingredients; and Chef Yau’s own twist on a traditional Cantonese dessert of Pumpkin coconut cream with bird’s nest.

Some of the personalised recipes are influenced by Chef Yau’s childhood, when he observed his mother preparing Cantonese double-boiled soups using fresh market vegetables and herbs that are light, healthy and beneficial for the digestive system. From a young age, Chef Yau

wished to become a chef, and avidly watched the TV show Mrs Fong’s Cooking Time to learn classic Cantonese preparation and techniques that he later redefined during his professional career.

While at the helm of stellar restaurant and hotel kitchens across major China cities, Chef Yau received consistent acclaim for reimagining Cantonese flavours while pioneering a balanced yet elegant brand of cooking. He has never forgotten his childhood roots, however, and remains inspired to craft dining experiences for guests that stay faithful to the timeless Cantonese principles he learned from his mother, grandmother and, of course, Mrs Fong. 

To prepare each individual recipe for his new menu, Chef Yau selects the freshest local and globally available ingredients. His approach to Cantonese cuisine focusses on vegetables, herbs, mushrooms and white meat, while minimising the use of sugar, oil, seasonings and red meat (often associated with Chinese cooking). By doing this, he respects the inherent flavours and textures of each key ingredient. Chef Yau’s attention to culinary detail is an undoubted strength, and he even devised a homemade recipe for the bean curd skin that he pairs with braised mushrooms and black truffle.

As an alternative to the 16-course Degustation Menu, diners at Mei Jiang can select Chef Yau’s special dishes from the à la carte menu, alongside other Cantonese delights and Mei Jiang favourites, such as Peking duck, Deep-fried fillet of snow fish with homemade dried shrimp and chilli salt, and Clay pot fried prawns in port wine sauce.

Chef Yau’s Degustation menu is priced at THB 4,900++ per person and tea pairing is at THB 888++ per person (subject to 10% service charge and applicable tax).

For more information about Chef Yau’s new Degustation Menu at Mei Jiang, or to make a reservation, please contact The Peninsula Bangkok at +66 (2) 020 2888 or email diningpbk@peninsula.com

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