Turn to Dim Sum and Tea
tea in the morning with dim sum is no longer a pleasure exclusive to the people
of Canton and Hong Kong. More Beijingers and foreigners in Beijing are turning
to dim sum, and for dim sum at a reasonable price with excellent quality, the
Fortune Palace in the Kuntai Royal Hotel is a great place on Chaoyangmenwai
Dajie to give it a try.
98-seat restaurant on the second floor of the hotel features sumptuous
Cantonese and Chiu Chau dishes. During lunch time from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.,
you can satisfy your desires with a collection of authentic Hong Kong dim sum,
most of them priced at only 5.8 yuan each. Special discounts apply to one of
the Classic Dim Sum dishes each day.
Well-received dim sum servings at the Fortune
Palace include shrimp dumpling, shaomai (stuffed steamed dumpling) with crab
roe, chicken feet in black bean sauce (which is a must-try) and chicken spring
roll. Durian tart is also a favourite of many diners while others despise the
strong smell of the dim sum as the tart is made with fresh durian. DTLAL Magazine International
- 3 cups rice
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- ½ cup golden raisins
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon cardamom (ground, not whole pods)
and pepper, to taste
- 2 Tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
- ¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted
Note: To toast pine nuts and almonds, heat a small amount
of olive oil in a skillet. Add nuts and cook, shaking the pan frequently, until nuts are golden in color.
rice into a bowl, cover with cold water, and allow to soak for 15 minutes.
cook onions and garlic in oil over medium heat in a large saucepan.
the rice has been soaking for 15 minutes, add it with tomato paste and raisins to the meat mixture.
- Add seasoning (cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, and pepper) and stir to combine. Lower heat and cover.
- Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes. Check to be sure the mixture isn't too dry.
If there is no more liquid visible, add a little more water (½ cup at a time).
- Continue simmering for about 10 more minutes, until rice is tender.
- Serve dish garnished with the toasted nuts and accompanied by plain yogurt.
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